I recently finished reading the book, The Shack, by William P. Young. A friend of mine had met William and wrote about it, and then, coincidentally, my mom read it and sent the book to me.
Let me start out by saying, WOW! I don’t even know where to begin in describing how this book impacted me. I think I cried through much of it, and highlighted the rest. Living in a world that is anything but simple, it made me re-visit my idealistic views about Christianity and took me back to the “roots.”
Without going into too much details and ruining the plot of the story, I will mention a few nuggets I gleamed from the book (even though I got lots of them)
1.” As well-intended as it might be, religious machineries can chew up people, and spit them out.”
2. “Instead of trying to begin revolutions that will overthrow anything, why don’t we try the quiet daily powers of dying and serving and loving and laughing, of simple tenderness and unseen kindness, because if anything matters, then everything matters.“
3. “What God wants from us is to trust Him with what we can, and grow in loving people around us with the same love He shares with us. It’s not our job to change them, or convince them…just to love them.”
4. “God’s purposes are always and only an expression of love.”
5. “God is not a noun, He is a verb. He is alive, active, moving, and doing.” Why do we put Him in a box as a noun then?
Ok, so I could go on and on, but I will stop with those 5 things. I am reminded by this book that we must go back to the basics. We must love and serve others…simply put! All the rules, systems, institutions etc. are put in place to tell us how to do it, but through our human perspective. Its a way for us to justify our actions by “playing God.” Life is about relationships, not “religion.”
I will end by encouraging you to read this book. It will totally change the way you look at God, or maybe just encourage you to continue looking at Him in that way. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
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