I spent the past weekend reading The Shack, the #1 New York Times Bestseller by Wm. Paul Young. This book was so easy to get into–I couldn’t put it down. Some parts had me scared to death, other parts had me sobbing, and all of it made me think! I came away from the book with such great peace, and a new understanding of life.
I know the mere mention of religion or spirituality can turn people off, but I’ll take my chances because I know many of you will greatly benefit from this book. It’s not just geared toward traditional Christianity, and is more spirituality than organized religion. I think this book would make a wonderful gift for someone struggling with loss, and we all go through loss! We lose loved ones, dreams for our future, jobs, wealth, a marriage, youth, our looks, health, and finally life itself.
Honestly, I’ve always wondered why God lets bad, and sometimes truly horrific things happen to good people. Seeing these horrible things occur made me question if there really was a God, because wouldn’t he intervene? I mean, I brake and swerve to save the life of a poor little squirrel in the road, can’t God prevent innocent children from dying???! The Shack answered that question for me.
I think many highly educated people don’t know how to blend what they know about science with religion, and this book will help you with that, too. Others don’t see a need for religion and like to pretend to have control over things in life. I think that if the events of 9/11, Katrina, and the economic crisis have taught us anything it’s that we as humans don’t really have much control. This can be extremely frightening, but The Shack will put you at peace.
So whether you’re religious or spiritual, atheist or go to church every Sunday, an avid reader or haven’t read a book in years, pick it up next time you’re at Borders or Barnes & Noble and give it a shot! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
– Miss A