I just finished reading, The Shack, by WM. Paul Young. This book moved me as no other. I bought it because I heard Mr. Young on a Podcast at, http://rureal.org/ hosted by, Jon Brandon. As they talked about the book, I was intrigued so I bought it from Amazon.
For me, the story becomes beautiful and inspiring when the main character, Mack, goes to the shack after an invitation arrives in his mailbox. The invitation could come from a prankster, a murderer or God. He isn’t sure so he takes a gun, just in case.
In this book, Mr. Young portrays God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as people he meets. I don’t want to say any more than that. Each person who reads this book will react to these portrayals in their own way. I will just tell you my reaction.
I fell in love once again with the Trinity through this book. How easy they are to be with. How loving, thoughtful and patient they are. How different they are than the picture most people seem to have of God. They are fun to be with, which I’ve always suspected since God gave us all such a sense of humor. Many times I say to God, “Now, that was just funny,” and I imagine he finds things funny too.
I entitled this post, “The Great Sadness,” because along with the beauty and fun there is tragedy, which the author calls, “The Great Sadness.” I immediately related to that because I was sexually and physically abused by my father when I was quite small up until I was around 11 yrs. old. Even when I was an adult, he could be very crass and exposed himself to me a few times. Of course he always said it was an “accident”. I know about “The Great Sadness.” Every person who has been abused as a child knows it.
The author himself was sexually abused as a child. He knows “The Great Sadness.” If you are one who also knows it, I hope this book will help you. The author said it took him 11 years of therapy to understand what his character, Mack, understands over a weekend; so although this book may not heal all your pain, it is a good beginning. It is a long road to recovery and there is so much to learn. Joyce Meyer helped me through this too and so did many books on why God allows pain, from Philip Yancey to C.S. Lewis. All these authors helped me. I owe them a great debt.
The last few chapters of this book shook me to the core and seeing the love of God through it was something I was grateful for. The God in this book is a God everyone can love and feel at home with. He is the God of the Scriptures; he called himself a servant when he was here. A servant. Imagine that.