Book Review

Just finished reading 'The Shack'.
Yes, it's good. Much truth within those pages. Does it live up to the hype? There is a LOT of hype about the book -- mostly deservedly so. But it made me read most of the book thinking, "So what's the big deal about this?"

In short, the Shack is about a man who spends a weekend at a shack -- what is likely the crime scene of his murdered six year old daughter -- with God. Actually with The Trinity. (all of this is on the cover of the book -- I'm not giving a ton away with this). But, as you might imagine, that makes part of the book very difficult/ painful to read. I had to 'press on' further than most people said they did -- again, I'm sure because of the skeptical way I approached the book.
I would highly recommend you read this book. I would highly recommend you NOT approach it as preaching/ theology to prove or disprove. It is fiction. But it is fiction that I will carry with me and roll around in my brain for a while.
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Stephanie said...

When we were were at Lake o the Pines of my in-law-step-relatives was reading The Shack, She couldn't put it down, and I finally asked her about it. She said she had to put the book down after chapter 5 (?) for a couple of days, and then when she started reading it again she also 'pressed on'

I'm very intrigued now.

Roxanne said...

I have heard it's a great book, but I just can't do sad any more--or at least not right now. Right now sad just shakes me to the core--I can't even do angst very well in movies OR books.

Terral said...

Sarah, I don't think I could read this one either, but I read the other one you told about. Same kind of different as me. It was so good. I could not put it down. I had to go to Minnesota to be with my dad at the Mayo Clinic, and I read it while I was there. You get a thumbs up on that book!

katie_marie said...

YES, I felt the same as you... very good, but didn't shake me up. I finished it a few weeks ago, and some parts of it are staying with me. I think I'll read it again someday when I'm older.

Julie said...

I agree with you, Sarah. I read it after the guy teaching Jericho's church class kept raving about it and telling the kids they had to read it, and constantly referring to it during their class. I don't usually keep any books back from Jericho, but knowing the basic subject matter, I wasn't sure he needed to read it. I didn't really think it was that intense in the way of the actual crime, and they other parts were very thought-provoking, but actually took a lot of thought to get through it.

Jericho did start reading it, but put it down in the section while they were at the cabin - I guess it took too much analying to keep his interest in it (he is 12, after all).

Kelly Sessions said...

YEAH!! I finished it yesterday too!! So exciting...Byron went on about it so I figured I'd pick it up...come to find out I was talkin about it last weekend at home and my dad said he was almost through...I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Tammy M. said...

Glad you liked it. I am going to read it again. I am going to give a copy of this book away on my blog next week.

Susan said...

I loved this book. I am comforted thinking that God loves me as much as this book portrays. A really great read.

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