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I’ve never been much of a “novel” reader.  I have always loved self-help books and devotional books. When my friend Margot recommended that I read The Shack after my father’s passing, I must admit I wasn’t too excited at all.  Margot raved about the book and was actually surprised that I had not read it.  As a matter of fact, when I told some of my co-workers that I was reading the book they asked “You are JUST NOW reading this?”  Apparently, I am late. LOL!

Without a doubt, I read this book at the right time.  I had a lot in common with the main character in the book.  Having dealt with a death of family member that was very close to me and also an estranged relationship with a parent.  This book challenged me to think about a few things; What is my relationship with God?  Do I really trust Him?  Have I forgiven the people in my life that I need to forgive?

During this man’s journey we see why God allows certain things to happen in our life whether bad or good, what type of relationship He wants to have with us and how much our God loves us. Be prepared! The Shack will cause so many emotions.  I cried almost every chapter but not always tears of sadness.  There are parts of the book that will certainly make you laugh as well as cause you to reflect of your life and past relationships.

My favorite quotes from the book:

  • When God was speaking to Mack (the main character) He said to him …”When all you can see is pain, perhaps then you lost sight of me”
  • “Forgiveness does not establish relationship”
  • “Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved”

Of all the “self help” books that I have read, this novel by far has changed my outlook on so much.  I don’t want to share the entire story with you but instead encourage you to pick it up and read it.  It may be exactly what you need in your life to make a change for the better.

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