The Shack

theshackThe Shack” by William Paul Young. Here, according to the author’s publishing website, is the basic story line: 

 Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God.

A few of us are reading this book now and we’ll be discussing certain aspects that intrigue or inspire us. We invite you to comment as well.


6 thoughts on “The Shack

  1. I shared my favorite parts of this book during the last women’s Prayer Partner event. This book is absolutely amazing!

  2. Our Heavenly Father is so great, so patient, so loving. Yet he is omniscient! This book truly depicts the Heavenly Father that we all need to know. A Father that reveals himself everyday, waiting patiently for us to turn our hearts and minds back to him.
    I am almost finished with the book and I believe I will read it again and mark it all up the second time as I do my bible!

  3. Arnita, I agree I think “The Shack” is a must read. If you allow yourself this book will take you places you’ve never been before. It shows you the importance of a close relationship with Papa. It explains in great detail the unchanging love Papa has for His children. Once you start reading this book it will be difficult to put it down. All praises to Papa.

  4. I read “The Shack” a few months ago and consider it one of the most thought provoking books I have ever read. WIthout giving away any of the plot (for those who have not read it)…the book has really brought home to me the uniqueness of God’s love to us individually and the lengths He will/has gone to show us that love and to produce it within us. It is a must read.

  5. “… The ‘will to power and independence’ has become so ubiquitous that it is now considered normal.”

    “It’s not?”

    “It is the human paradigm,” added Papa, having returned with more food. “It is like water to fish, so prevalent that it goes unseen and unquestioned. It is the matrix; a diabolical scheme in which you are hopelessly trapped even while completely unaware of its existence.”

    Jesus picked up the conversation. “As the crowning glory of creation, you were made in our image, unencumbered by structure and free to simply ‘be’ in relationship with me and one another. If you had truly learned to regard one another’s concerns as significant as your own, there would be no need for hierarchy.”

    Mack sat back in his chair, staggered by the implications of what he was hearing. “So are you telling me that whenever we humans protect ourselves with power …”

    “You are yielding to the matrix, not to us,” finished Jesus. (page 126)

  6. “…why is there such an emphasis on you being a Father? I mean, it seems to be the way you most reveal yourself.”

    “Well,” responded Papa, turning away from him and bustling around the kitchen, “there are many reasons for that, and some of them go very deep. Let me say for now that we knew once the creation was boken, true fathering would be much more lacking than mothering. Don’t misunderstand me, both are needed–but an emphasis on fathering is necessary because of the enormity of its absence.” (page 96)

    Deep indeed!

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