Awhile back, within a single week, three different people recommended the same book to me. I figured that if three different people recommended the same book to me in the same week I should read it. And, WOW, am I glad I did!
If you haven’t read The Shack you are missing out on a GREAT book. It’s a simple story of a man (Mack) who becomes bitter when his young daughter is killed by a serial killer. One day a note from God arrives in his mailbox. The note is an invitation from the Trinity to meet them at the very shack where his daughter was murdered.
One side note. . . the book almost seems to have been written by two authors. The first part is awkward and poorly written. I almost gave up reading it a few times. Eventually, however, the grammar and sentence structure improved and the book become immensely more readable.
The rest of the book is a series of conversations that range from the nature of evil to the nature of God’s love. The writing is such that you can speed read the book but I urge you to take your time. Savor the conversations and experiences at the shack. Reflect on the dialogue. You will find your own questions about God being raised and answered in an enlightening way.
You won’t agree with everything that is said, but you will be inspired. Many of your theological assumptions (some that you didn’t even know you had) will be challenged. More than anything else, you will come away with a profound sense of God’s love.