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review 2017-07-29 20:39
Depends on what you're looking for.
Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories - Mark Rosati,Randy Garutti,Dorothy Kalins,Danny Meyer

The origin stories behind brand names are fun reads for me so I was intrigued by this book. It's basically what it says on the tin: recipes and stories regarding the Shake Shack brand. Their burgers, hot dogs, shakes, etc. How they came to be, a bit about the vendors they work with, plus recipes of various foods. Of course they don't give away company secrets (why would they undercut their profits?) but it's a fun cookbook/brand microhistory that might appeal to its fans.


There's not much to say about it. I picked this up on a whim after seeing it was available at my local library. Since I have actually only been in an SS location maybe twice that I can think of, I had no idea this book was being published. But it's a very nice-looking book with plenty of glossy pictures of their food, of the recipe steps, pictures of their food items, etc. 


That said, I didn't think it was the most amazing work. I have no objection to this type of book in itself and thankfully I felt it matched the title. But the writing is not that interesting (being from the company itself it's really just PR) and as I thumbed through it I felt like the book was trying to be everything to everyone: a cookbook, a history of SS, an acknowledgement/thank you to the vendors/customers/people behind the brand, etc. I'd guess for general SS fan who is a bit more interested in them it might be a great book.


Overall it was a good library borrow but for the right person who loves Shake Shack, is into burgers/hot dogs/the foods SS sells or enjoys general food/brand microhistories, this could be a good gift or borrow. I'd recommend getting this from the library or at least thumbing through at your local bookstore to see if this is something you really want to add. 


For a good microhistory behind a burger chain that has more warts (and no recipes if I remember correctly), the book 'In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules' was quite enjoyable. I don't care for the hype around that chain, but as a look behind the curtain I thought that was an interesting book.

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review 2017-03-04 00:00
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Wm. Paul Young,Brad Cummings,Wayne Jacobsen This is about a man who spends some time with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I think many, many people with love it. For me, I struggled often because I felt like it was a really long Sunday School lesson sometimes. Other times, I got into what was happening quite a bit, but it was maybe too deep for me? Idk. If you're interested, you should definitely check it out for yourself.
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review 2017-02-25 00:00
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Wm. Paul Young,Brad Cummings,Wayne Jacobsen "If anything matters, then every thing matters". The author said that line twice within the book. The first time he said it, I did not know what he meant. In the last page or so he repeated that line and by that time I understood what he was getting at. The book is not a mystery or murder or kidnapping story, it's the author's device for telling how he understands Christianity. I didn't see much original thought within the book. The author through his characters dream believed that God had knowingly put the apple tree in such a place that He had known before hand that Adam would eat from the tree of knowledge leading to the necessity of God to send his Son as a sacrifice in order to have us be forgiven for 'original sin' and also that God loves us dearly and is always with us and His Son will guide us always.

I could go on and explain more of the author's beliefs, but they all just seemed to be not that original (as I was listening to this story I was also listening to Hume's Dialogue's on Natural Religion, and Hume (thru Philo) was really refuting a lot of the points this author was trying to make, and that book was written before 1800). Also, I was reading "Pilgrims Progress" while listening to this book and there is some overlap with the story telling except Pilgrim's Progress would say 'to fear the lord is where wisdom begins' and this book ("The Shack") would emphasize God's love instead, and that forgiveness is one of our highest virtues. Though in-spite of their differences there were similarities in the narrative approaches and some of the conclusions and in the end both books seem to conclude that us humans need to outsource our ethical foundations to the divine instead of ourselves.
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review 2016-12-19 15:02
Review: The Shack
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Wm. Paul Young,Brad Cummings,Wayne Jacobsen

I saw the trailer to this book and decided I needed to read it. Just by seeing the trailer I hoped that the book would be just as good as it seemed the movie might be. My heart went out to Mack on so many levels. How many times does something bad happen to us and we blame God? I know I have done that. Though it seems that God has a purpose for everything. He gave us independence to make the choices we make and with that will come heartache, mistakes, happiness, pain, love and so much more. It is what makes us human. Though God never has given up his love for us no matter what. He is there though thick and thin, through trails and tribulations, through our heartache and blessings. This story is told through Willie Mack's friend. We learn what happened to make Mack fall into the Great Sadness and because of this Great Sadness Mack is dealing with a lot. Though he is not the only one though it may seem like it. When he gets a note delivered to him to go to the one place that has bad memories for him he is reluctant to go but he does. This trip to the shack is place where he will find himself closer to God and learn a very important lesson. He learns of God's love, forgiveness, and why God does what he does. At times I felt like Mack on trying to understand God and how he or she works. Then it would click for me. I didn't feel that religion was being forced down my throat so that was a plus, just a simple book of a father, husband, friend, person trying to find a way to heal after the tragedy of losing his daughter. A few quotes that I loved. "Love that is forced is no love at all." "There is something joyful about storms that interrupt routine. Snow or freezing rain suddenly releases you from expectations, performance, demands, and the tyranny of appointments and schedules." "He was a rich man, he thought to himself, in all the ways that mattered."

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review 2016-08-10 11:07
The Shack by William Paul Young
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Wm. Paul Young,Brad Cummings,Wayne Jacobsen

(Read the Audio & Physical copy. I think I did more listening than reading!) :)


Glad I was finally able to read and finish it. Many things I was able to see quite a bit differently..some things I remember not agreeing with, but hey, that's part of life..we may not agree with some things, even in fiction. :-)

Over all, I adored the story and Mack. I gave it 4.5/5 because I did get bored at some points. I think if some of it had to do with me and others, where the book just wasn't grabbing me.

I just enjoyed the life, love and forgiveness lessons..that was the best to me.

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