Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Musing on the The Shack

Over thanksgiving my grandma handed me the book, The Shack. You may or may not have heard of it before, but I highly recommend it. Before reading it multiple friends had recommended it to me and said that it deeply affected their perspective on the world and on God. I try to stay away from best selling Christian books for the most part... not quite sure why... I think I just don't want to jump on the bandwagon of contemporary Christian thought sometimes...

Anyways, for those of you who haven't heard of this book, it is a book written about a man (real person) and his journey through The Great Sadness towards a healing relationship with God. Its a gut wrencher for the non emotional person.

Some personal take aways:
  • God is fond of each one of us... Question: Do you really believe that? I think I am still in the process of learning this. I want to believe it and over time am uncovering layers of internalizing this. As I dwell on that, my desire for acceptance and need to perform and compete diminishes... so cool how light drowns out darkness!
  • The mysterious idea of the trinity is personified in a way that spoke to my heart. I have always had questions about it, but just accepted that God is bigger than me and there are things that I just won't understand. But, the way this book describes the unity and diversity of God in relationship with herself is compelling. Its like there is no room for oppression, at all, that is how he created us.
  • If you have questions about where God is when bad stuff happens or why there is so much crappyness in our world this books sheds some insight into that as well, I won't spoil it for you.
  • Pursuing freedom from the internal battles of our hearts is worth every difficult feeling that we will face in getting there.
There is so much more... if you have some time over the Holidays it would be a great read. Let me know what you think!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad you shared this!! i loved the book because my gutt 'imagininings' responded!! (i don't know if that makes sense!!) but i guess what i mean is that so often books that 'explain' things leave the emotional and sometimes spiritual dimension untouched.. i believe that Jesus was fully human..emotionally, spiritaulally and intellectually..so this book resonated with my spirit and emotonal self... the self that embraces the mysterious love of God that is at the same time deeply personal and also...awesomely holy. love, mom