Monday, August 18, 2008

The Shack

The Shack The Shack by William P. Young

This book is amazing. I savoured it. I read it slowly. I didn't want it to end. I read it before going to sleep to intentionally go to sleep with thoughts of Papa's (God) love for me.

There are lots of opinions on this book, but I think it's worth noting that this man wrote this book for his children and grandchildren to teach them about the nature of God. It's beautiful and profound.

In the fall when we start having evening bonding time again (we always suspend that in the summer so the girls can have every last ray of sunshine for fun) we're going to read this book together. I can't wait. I think the girls will love it. Gordon and I both did.

~~Comparing Jesus' life on earth to a bird he was holding, Papa said about Jesus, "Although by nature he is fully God, Jesus is fully human and lives as such. While never losing the innate ability to fly, he chooses moment-by-moment to remain grounded. That is why his name in Immanuel, God with us, or God with you, to be more precise".

~~Papa said, "The God who is--the I am who I am--cannot act apart from love!"

~~As Mack told the Trinity about his children, he suddenly felt silly and said, "Here I am telling you about my kids and my friends and about Nan, but you already know everything that I am telling you, don't you? You're acting like it's the first time you heard it." To that they replied, "We have limited ourselves out of respect for you. We are not bringing to mind, as it were, our knowledge of your children. As we are listing to you, it is as if this is the first time we have known about them, and we take great delight in seeing them through your eyes.... Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself--to serve."

~~Papa told Mack, "You're going to find this day a lot easier if you simply accept what is, instead of trying to fit it into your preconceived notions."

~~When Mack asked Papa if he enjoyed punishing, Papa replied, "I don't need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It's not my purpose to punish it; it's my joy to cure it."

~~Mack asked why Papa doesn't restrain evil and Papa answered, "We carefully respect your choices, so we work within your systems even while we seek to free you from them."

~~"I will use every choice you make for the ultimate good and the most loving outcome," Papa said.

~~Papa told Mack, "The real underlying flaw in your life is that you don't think that I am good. If you knew I was good and that everything-the means, the ends, and all the processes of individual live-is all covered by my goodness, then while you might not always understand what I am doing, you would trust me.... Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved. Because you do not know that I love you, you cannot trust me..... For now I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about performance or you having to please me. I'm not a bully, not some self-centered demanding little deity insisting on my own way. I am good, and I desire only what is best for you. You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation or coercion, only throught a relationship of love. And I do love you." Mack said he couldn't imagine any final outcome to justify the mess in the world (or more specifically his daughter's murder) and Papa replied, "We're not justifying it. We are redeeming it."

~~Talking about friendship with Jesus, Mack said he didn't know how to submit to friendship. Jesus said, "Let me show you. Just keep giving me the little bit you have, and together we'll watch it grow."

~~The Holy Spirit told Mack, "You will learn to hear my thought in yours."

~~Regarding rules Sarayu (the Holy Spirit) said, "Religiou is about having the right answers, and some of their answers are right. But I am about the process that takes you to the living answer and once you get to him, he will change you from the inside."

~~When Mack asked Sarayu if he'd see her again, she replied, "Of course. You might see me in a piece of art, or music, or silence, or through people, or in Creation, or in your joy and sorrow. My ability to communicate is limitless, living and transforming, and it will always be tuned to Papa's goodness and love. And you will hear and see me in the Bible in fresh ways. Just don't look for rules and principles; look for relationship-a way of coming to be with us."

~~Jesus told Mack, "I don't want to be first amoung a list of values; I want to be at the center of everything. When I live in you, then together we can live through everything that happens to you. Rather than a pyramid, I want to be the center of a mobile, where everything in your life-your friends, family, occupation, thoughts, activities- is connected to me but moves with the wind, in and out and back and forth, in an incredible dance of being."
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Anonymous *mindi* said...

i like when you share quotes that you liked from books. it makes me like the book more :)

one of my favorite quotes was when Mack was talking with Jesus and Mack asked if it was true that "all paths lead to God". Jesus told him something like, "Not at all. some paths lead absolutely nowhere. but I will walk down ANY path to find you."

this book had me crying more than i care to admit.

August 18, 2008 at 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did I miss that? Yeah, that was something I remember too. I wish I'd put that in my list. Thanks for reminding me of it Mindi. v

August 18, 2008 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Jones said...

we just picked up this book, look forward to reading it, will let you know my 'review'

August 19, 2008 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Thundering Tannehills said...


August 19, 2008 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

val i too have this book in fact mindi read it while she was here and told me that IT WAS GOOD!

August 20, 2008 at 8:34 PM  

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