Bear with me here because I know there are a lot of fans of the book, The Shack by William P. Young. I had heard so many comments raving about how great this book is. I should have known better than to read it because of that. Too much hype always kills a story for me.
Anyways, I liked it. I thought it was a thought-provoking story. But, I wasn’t in awe and amazement about this book as some others were. I was expecting too much I guess.
So, here are my thoughts on the book.
I found the introductions in the shack just a bit freaky. It may have been that I was reading it in the middle of the night, lights flickering because of a storm, and thunder outside. I even was tweeting about how it freaked me out. It could also have been that the thought of God being visible to me was just out of my imagination’s range. Feeling God’s presence… got it. Seeing God… sorry. I can’t fathom that. So, that might be why it was a bit much for me.
I found a lot of it hard to follow. I mean, I understood, but was wondering what all the blah blah blah was about. It just seemed to have a lot of words while trying to offer a simple dialogue. Again, it could be because I was reading it at night, but I don’t think so.
I’m trying not to give too much information away here but if you read the book, you will know what I am talking about. The part near the end where he is in the cave and is behind the waterfall… didn’t like that. I loved it because of what was behind the waterfall but didn’t like it at the same time. That “character” was just not something I could relate to at all.
Papa going from female to male… not in my ability to understand either. It goes back to being able to see God. I can’t see God. I can see God in others, in living things, but not see God so this was just hard for me to grasp.
Okay, so all this said, I did like the book for what it made me think about. I could have lived without half the story to be honest, but the thoughts it provoked within me were worth it. I walked away from the book thinking about what my life is like. Am I living the life God wants, deserves, and desires me to lead? Am I acting as a Christian should… for my family and through my family? Can others see God’s presence in me?
I don’t know about others’ view of me but I do try to be a good, loving person. I think I have a lot that could be improved upon though. I am not the model Christian. I don’t live the life that I should in Christ’s name. I am not someone you look at and say “she is a good Christian who lives her life according to the Lord”. I’m not giving off that vision about myself but I want to be.
This is what I am going to work on from here on out. I have a desire to be a better person not only for me, but for my children. It is the least I can do… for Jesus.