If you haven’t heard about the The Shack by now, or even if you have – hopefully this will help you.
The Shack is story about a man’s growing relationship with God. The book starts a little slow, but by Chapter 3 it speeds up and by Chapter 6 I couldn’t put the book down – I just had to finish it quickly.
If you are currently struggling in your Christian walk, I highly encourage you to get a copy of The Shack and quickly undertake the journey that it will lead you on. As a Christian of 18 years and two years into Seminary, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of my relationship with God.
However, I realized that there are many more facets to the relationship than I ever imagined. When someone talks about God being involved in all aspects of our lives, they’re telling the truth (we just can’t comprehend it).
Through your journey of reading The Shack, I pray that you will reflect on your relationship with God. I believe you too will find a new link with God and grow your relationship with Him in many ways.
Why do I just not get it? What I mean is…I know God is awesome…but some days I realize how awesome He really is!
Yesterday, I was led to post a blog about the The Shack, and the relationship we have with the Trinity. Then, I discovered that July 12, 2009 Sunday School lesson is about God the Son. As I researched the lesson for today (I was teaching SS), I read a question that said, “if you had to pray without using the name Jesus, what would you do?”
It made me stop, and really realize the importance and significance of the Trinity. Without Jesus, we have no Salvation (John 3:16). Without the Holy Spirit, we have no one to be our advocate (John 14:16-17). Without God, we wouldn’t be here (Genesis 1:26-27).
I never really took the time to sit down and think of the critical nature of each part of the Trinity. As I study God the Son (Jesus), I realize that the religions of this world that do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God have really missed out on a key part of God: the part that provides Salvation – through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus’ crucifixion paid our debt IN FULL. Without Jesus, we are not reconciled to God. Without Jesus, we cannot get to Heaven. Without Jesus, we can do nothing.
Next time you stop and pray, take a moment to think about Jesus and why we pray in His name. He is our intercessor, our link to God the Father.
So you’re wondering who God is? Well, if you’ve read The Shack, you already know that the writer of it has taken a much different approach to ‘who God is’ than what most churches and Seminaries teach. He challenges your assumptions in many ways and forces you to take a step back and look at the trinity in a much different way (a way that is really different).
In upcoming blogs, I will include some details about the writer’s view on God and His actions, but I promise not to spoil the book for you. If you’re interested in purchasing it (and I would highly recommend it to anybody), Amazon has it at one of the cheapest prices you can find around: The Shack.
Please remember that this book is strictly FICTION, but it has some VERY USEFUL insights into a proper relationship with God.
Here is what Patrick M. Roddy, ABC News Emmy Award winning producer wrote: “The Shack is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself. With every page, the complicated do’s and don’t that distort a relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the first time in my life.”