I bought The Shack a few weeks ago because everyone seems to be reading it. It takes a while to get into this book. The first four chapters lay the backdrop and most everyone I talk to agree these are not the best reading. The rest of the book will have you hooked and you will not want to put it down.
The Shack is about a man (Mack) whose daughter was abducted and murdered. They were able to track him down to a little shack where they recovered his daughter’s dress and could see her blood. They never recovered her body and Mack and his family never recovered from this tragedy. Four years later Mack receives a letter inviting him to the shack signed Papa or his wife’s favorite name for God. Mack decides to go while his wife and kids are away for the weekend. He arrived at the shack and there he meets and spends the weekend with God.
The conversations he has with God are amazing and the author blends theological concepts into the story. A few things that he discusses in the book is: the role of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the problem of pain and suffering; forgiveness; our relationship with God and his with us; and the need and role of relationships.
The book is about one man’s journey to be healed from the pain he has lived through the death of his daughter and a bad childhood. His conversations with God will stimulate your mind and you will want to discuss it with others and pass the book on to others.
You can get the book on Amazon for $9 or at any bookstore. This is a good read and I would recommend it to anyone. Just be patient through the first 4 chapters.