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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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review 2016-06-27 07:34
God and Tragedy
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Wm. Paul Young,Brad Cummings,Wayne Jacobsen

It is difficult for me to talk about this book without giving too much a way, namely because at the end of the book, in his post script, the author has requested that we do not give too much away so that people will be inclined to read this book themselves, and this is something that I an inclined to do. This book is quite a good, and well written, book, and is one of those rare modern books that I would dare call a work of literature.



What is amazing about this book is that on a very small marketing budget it hit the New York Times best seller list (at number 1) and has over 7 million in print (so the book itself says) however the writer appears to want his story to sell but not through any fine sounding advertisements. Further, he would like the story to be sold by word of mouth, by those who have read it, been challenged by it, and want others to be influenced by it as well. In fact, he actively encourages people to hand copies of this book out to friend (you'd think it was the Bible).



So, what about the book, what is it about? I'll give you some brief details, but as the author has requested, he would like most of the plot held back so that others can read it and consider the story themselves. The book is about a man named Mac and how he comes to terms with the murder of his child, and in fact, himself as a person and his relationship with others and with God. This is not a preachy, if you don't believe in God you go to hell, type of book, but rather it is about relationships, and in particular the most important relationship one can have: one with God.



Secondly the book is about God, but not about a pie in the sky I will reward you if you are good type of God, but rather a God who is not only real but loves us and wants a relationship with us. Throughout the book the author explores the nature and character of God indepth and how we work our relationship out with him. Further, he explores the triune nature of God and also tries to answer the tough question of why bad things happen to good people, and if God were good then why is there so much pain in the world.


There are a lot of these types of books out there, but most of them tend to be dry and academic, or simply non-Fiction accounts written in as simplistic and non-jargonistic way as possible. It is not so with 'The Shack'. While the contents of the book deal with questions that we all have, it is written in a free flowing and easy to read way that is drafted as a story of one man's life, and the struggles that he goes through to try to come to terms with the pain in his life.


However I will leave it at that because it is a book that is well worth reading and I do encourage you to read it yourselves and come to your own conclusions regarding it.


Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/203348688
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