Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Shack by William Young. I'm not really sure how to review this book because I don't read many fiction books that I feel the need to review. I guess I'll try for a brief synopsis first and see where that takes me.

A father and three of his children are camping. At the very end of the incredible weekend tragedy strikes and his youngest daughter goes missing. As all the details unfold it is determined that she was kidnapped and killed by a serial killer. (Uplifting read!). For years the family struggles with this tragic loss and most of all struggles with so many questions unanswered.

Eventually the father is drawn to go to the shack where they assume the daughter was last living and the place where they found her clothing and blood. It is at this shack that he encounters God and for the next several days interacts with the three persons of the trinity in an incredible manner. He learns their personalities, their abilities and their divinity. They each walk him down a separate section of his journey toward wholeness and restoration to the life God wants him to have.

It's a story of forgiveness, redemption, theology and a bunch of other things. Well worth the read. The cover dubs it "The Pilgrims Progress" of our generation...

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