01 February 2009

Book Review Sunday-The Shack

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As I suspected, this book generated a lot of discussion with my book club on Monday evening. Topics from individualism, organized religion, converts, He v She God, agnostism, submission, forgiveness, and theology. We always enjoy each others thoughts and ideas and this night was no exception!

Book cover:

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, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!

I don't feel "transformed" but I did think about some of the conventions about religion that I have. I did think more about some of the major topics such as forgiveness and fundamentalism, but I don't think I gained any insights into my religious beliefs.