THE SHACK… as recommended by John Robert

It was at Tulsa Workshop that John Robert attended a class taught by Sara Barton. In that class she spent some time talking about a fascinating book called THE SHACK by William P. Young. He found it at one of the vendor’s booths and purchased a copy. I remember him telling me that he really liked the book.

In a picture from Tulsa Workshop that I published on this blog a few weeks ago his copy of the book is in his hand. When I saw that I went into his room and quickly found his copy.

Several friends had recommended that I read the book, in light of the grief and sorrow we are experiencing at John Robert’s untimely death. I have to say I was skeptical about any book addressing our pain or offering anything that might console our broken hearts. But because John Robert liked it, I decided to read it.

I would like to talk about this book without giving away too much from the contents. This is a book to be experienced, more than just read. And since there are dozens of reviews and blogs already out there, I’ll let you gather information about the book from them. I will note that some have treated THE SHACK as if it were SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. Big mistake, in my opinion.

I have to tell you that I cried about twenty times reading this book. This book cuts right to the heart. I’m not here to say that the exploration of the loss of a child has left me with all the answers I could desire. The open wound of our grief is still much to raw for that. Even so, I think that the author’s presentation of God’s presence in our pain, of the comfort of the Spirit in our every moment, and the deep love of Jesus for all people is a blessing in our darkness.

Without giving away much of the plot, I can also say that there is something about John’s recommendation … brought to mind by a picture of him holding the book … after his passing … that fits with the message of the book.

One organization allows you to send a free copy of THE SHACK to someone who might need it’s message of hope and God’s presence. You can to HERE to see that site.

For those who recommended the book to me, thank you. For William P. Young, I am grateful for the gift of THE SHACK. For potential readers, if you are not afraid to experience a heart-wrenching story, and are willing to use your imagination, then I think you should consider reading THE SHACK. Sooner, rather than later.

Thanks for reading,

JD

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