If I ran (or did any form of exercise for that matter) as much as I read, I would be the most fit person in the world. But, I hate running. And I LOVE reading! I have a bit of a nerd obsession that just puts me in a happy place when I sit on my sofa with a cup of tea or coffee with a great book!
For those of you who HATE spending your hard earned money on books that don’t seem to grasp your attention, or that just weren’t what you thought they were, grab a snack and a glass of water, because this evening I will review Paul Young’s “The Shack“.
The Shack is the first fictional book that actually took me on a journey that gave me perspective into my own spiritual life. For starters, from my understanding, the book is a fiction work, but it is extremely creative. It essentially covers one man’s weekend, that took him on his own spiritual journey. The main character of the story has lost his faith, actually I would say he threw it away, and gets the opportunity to encounter a special weekend with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Throughout the weekend, he finds himself in a place, the shack, where the last few pieces of evidence were found of his youngest daughter. At this shack, he encounters the Trinity of God. For Christians, this may sound like a typical experience given the circumstances and his grave lack of faith, but it is the way the characters are portrayed that truly open the mind and imagination. The book doesn’t stick to the typical descriptions concerning appearance as we are taught to believe about the way God or Jesus looks. The characters are portrayed in ways, I personally, have NEVER thought to look at them. While I will say I don’t exactly view them this way now, I do focus less on what I think they look like and more so on the character that is each part of the Trinity.
In the book, God is portrayed as an African American woman, Jesus is a Middle Eastern Carpenter, and the Holy Spirit is a petite Asian woman. (I’m sure most imaginations don’t dream these images up when they think of the Holy Trinity.) The purpose of the book, outside of entertainment, I believe, isn’t to change your view of God, just your perspective. That’s what it did for me anyway.
After reading this book, and even after the plot began to unfold, I found that I had long since been putting God into a box that He didn’t belong in. My perspective was opened to the endless possibilities that are God. Adjusting something as simple, and common, as physical appearance can change the way of thinking about a whole person and that is what it did for me!
It did take a chapter or two for everything to be laid out with background (which can sometimes be my least favorite part), but the story was compelling and really encouraged me to take God out of the box I had put him in!
I believe this is a great read, and a great addition to the library, you can get a copy of the book on amazon via the link below (less than $10). If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to the Email newsletter and always get updates on when I post new content! I hope it has helped you and encouraged your reading goals.