Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Shack by William P. Young and Wayne Jacobsen & Brad Cummings

I was having lunch with my Mother on her way to one of her last radiation treatments after breast cancer surgery when we began to discuss an idea I had for a self help book about worry and disaffection in life and the round sort of formless ideas I had in mind for it. She heard was I was saying and said, "You should read The Shack. I just finished it and it discusses these very things with a seriously churchy spin..."

Well great. Some one beats me to most things so I figured, why not read it since I was really writing the other idea for myself and maybe someone had done the exploratory work for me. Now here we are. An so my self help book about finding peace from worry and finding fulfillment in your life has only one line: Read The Shack, word for word, and take in what it says.

This is a powerful message wrapped in a small book. I have not read what I would categorize as a more mature philosiphy / theological representation of faith than this book. It provided a real sense of both peace and a perspective I had not fully considered and it does so with stunning clarity. I highly recommend it. So let's get to it then...
  • Readability - 4 of 5 - Like I said brilliant clarity in writing however the depth is not for the mildly interested. This is a serious bit of business and requires some fortitude beyond any I expected.
  • Subject Matter - 5 of 5 - These guys know this stuff cold. They know if so well as to write a book that begins to rewrite perceptions about God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit and our relationships to the them all. Fantastic insights here. Worth every minute of your life it takes to read what it says if you want to know.
  • Editing - 5 of 5 - I can't say it any plainer. Superbly written, fantastic presentation.
  • Did I like the story - 27 of 5.... OK 5 of 5 if that's all I got - Please see above. I will begin sounding like this guy's Mom if I take this much further.
This is a great book for being both a great read and profoundly insightful. I applaud it and, if you have what it takes to wade through 200 pages of murder, God, Jesus, and Gardening you too can know what I now know.... (just do it)

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