After almost a year of hearing so many people give differing opinions about The Shack by William P. Young, I have finally read the book for myself. I am glad that I did.
I do not read just books that reflect or encourage my personal Christian beliefs. I read some books that challenge me. They make me think and consider the what and why of my beliefs. This is a book that differs from my personal beliefs.
If I were to write about my experience of meeting God face-to-face, what picture would I sketch? Isaiah said that Jesus would not be handsome but would be despised! (Isaiah 53) John tried to describe what God looked like when he met Him but all he could say was he was like something! (Revelation 1) Abraham didn’t recognize God when they met. Thousands met Jesus in His 33 years and did not know Him as God until … later.
I’ve had a child die. I’ve felt that white hot rage. I’ve felt the cold despair. The Great Sadness is a good description of the cloak that covers a person in this situation. I believe that God comes very personally and intimately to you and meets with you in a way that only you, only you, can understand and believe. Mr. Young shared this experience and if God in this book did not fit your beliefs because He did not look or act how you thought He should – then I think you missed the best point of the book. The Point? God will come to meet with you in the midst of your worse moments – because that is how much He loves you!