Since the publication of William Young’s book The Shack in the light of my own personal journey into the world of spiritual recovery (which I experienced in 2008). I found much in Young’s novel that paralleled my own experience.
My friend, Bob Lewis, prepared a kindle edition of my reflections on this journey. It is now available on Kindle entitled: Meeting God at the Shack: A Journey into Spiritual Recovery.
For those who have read my previous material on God, faith and suffering (such as Yet Will I Trust Him or Anchors for the Soul), this book is a continuation of my journey. I think it is more profound and more mature than my previous writings on the subject. It is, nevertheless, still ultimately inadequate as an “answer” to the struggle of life, faith and peace in human hearts, including my own. Nevertheless, God offers peace even when there are no “answers”.
The first part of this book discusses spiritual recovery while the second part addresses some of the theological questions that concern many. But even in the second part I am much more interested in how this parable and the theological questions it raises offer an entrance into the substantial themes of divine love, forgiveness, healing and hope. These are the main concerns of the book.
I think the question the novel addresses is this: How do wounded people come to believe that God really is “especially fond” of them?
Only after reading the book through this lens are we able to understand how Young uses some rather unconventional metaphors to deepen his point.
My interest is to unfold the story of recovery in The Shack as I experienced it through my own journey. So, I invite you to walk with me through the maze of grief, hurt, and pain as we, through experiencing Mackenzie’s shack, face our own “shacks.”