Monday, June 2, 2008

The Shack

I read an intriguing book today. That's right, no typo there. I read the whole book cover-to-cover in one sitting. OK, granted it was only about 250 pages long, but that should be a indication of how good I thought it was.

It's titled "The Shack" and is written by William P. Young.

Have you ever wondered whether or not God exists? Have you ever wondered why he would let awful tragedies happen? Does he really care about what happens to us, or are we merely chess pieces to him?

Now just mentioning the word God can raise a variety of thoughts and emotions among all of us no matter what your beliefs are. So I lay down a challenge before you all. Whether you believe he really exist or doesn't, or you're somewhere in between, pick up a copy of this book and give it a read. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it afterword.

This isn't a story about who's right or wrong at all. It's simply a story of one man's incredible journey through loss and a heart changing encounter.

I'd love to tell you all about the book, but that wouldn't be very nice. What I mean is I don't want to be the spoiler and give it away. What I will tell you is that if you want to feel a range of emotions from good ole' laughter to reaching for a tissue, this book will not disappoint you.

It may stir up some questions for some and for others it will likely answer a few. Well enough babbling from me, if you want to see more about it check out the link here.

BTW, this is not a paid endorsement in any way, I just really liked this book and I think you might too.


Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Sounds like a book worth reading. Thanks for the post. I'll give it a go. Have a great day. :)

Talisman said...

I have about 3 books I should be reading and about 10 I want to be reading, but I'll pick this one up and give it a go. I don't promise it will be any time in 2008 though. LOL

Jay said...

It gets 4.5 stars out of 550 reviews on Amazon, so it's pretty popular. Although one guy who read it and gave it one star says it is subversive and undermines orthodox Christianity. Which makes it even more intriguing.

Matt-Man said...

Thanks for the tip Jeff. I'll check it out. Cheers my good man!!

Jeff B said...

Sandee- Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Talisman- I know the feeling. I've got them stacked up like planes on the runway.

Jay- He's probably the same guy who would say Mary Poppins was the work of Hitler.

As I read through it, I did wonder what main stream churches would have to say about it. When you read it I'm sure you'll understand my question too.

Matt- I'm looking forward to your review.

Dana said...

Well ... being the non-believer that I am, I think maybe I should request this one from the library!

Mel said...

Okay, okay, OKAY!

I did the sneak peek at the book on the website and now it's a 'must have, must read'!

Perfect patio time reading, methinks.
Thank you sir.

nitebyrd said...

Any book that might be "subversive" is a definite read for me!

I'll be visiting B&N at lunch today! Thanks, Jeff!

Bond said...

I agree with jay on this...if it undermines orthodox Christianity, it is worth checking out.

Akelamalu said...

I'll certainly look out for this book Jeff, thanks for the tip.

Sandi McBride said...

I'm always up for a good read...I'll check this one out and get back to you...actually can't wait to read peak my interest!

Anndi said...

I've added it to the list of books I want to read this summer.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Odat said...

I' just looked at the preview. I'll get it and read it and let you know.


Jules~ said...

I haven't taken the opportunity to read that one yet but I have heard nothing but good about it. Women and men both seems to stand in open mouthed "wow" as they tell me what a good and impacting read it is.

Jeff B said...

Dana- Knowing your gusto for voicing your opinion, I'll be awaiting your response.

Mel- Have a big pot of coffe on when you start it, because you might not want to get up for a while.

Nitebyrd- I'm sure you'll have some words to share after reading it.

Bond- That was a third party quote, and one that can be viewed very differently by various people.

Akelamalu- Not all books grab me like this one did. Hope you like it.

Sandi- Then my work here is done. I'd hoped to create enough interest that you and others would take a look at it.

Anndi- I've got a few in the que as well. Happy reading.

Odat- I'm one of those that doesn't like to read previews before hand. I like it to unfold without me having any glimps into the whole story. That's just me though. Glad to see you'll be checking it out.

Jeff B said...

Jules- It truly is an inspired work of writting. Hope you make the time to pick it up.

jennifer said...

Uh Oh. Third time that I've heard of this book. Books a Million, here I come.

Nadine and Scarlet, both on my blogrolls read it I THINK. Could have been someone else.

Be blessed Jeff and Thank You for your kind words about the birth of my nephew!


Ron said...

I so enjoy reading books that STIR up questions and emotion.

And the fact that it's a book written by someone who is sharing his own personal journey, makes it even MORE appealing to me!

That you kind sir, for the recommendation. It really does sound GOOD!

Jeff B said...

Jennifer- The third time's the charm right? Sounds like youare meant to read this book.

Ron- It's a gripping story within a story.

katherine. said...

I am always looking for a good book...thanks.

your review makes me very curious.

Anonymous said...

Guess I'm late to the game...but a friend just recommended this book so I picked it up for a great price at Walmart. I have 2 other books to finish before I start it, but all the reviews I've heard have been good ones.