The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
My mom told me I HAD to read this book. Most of the time we have fairly similar taste in books, but not always. I was a little skeptical because religious fiction books are a big hit or miss for me. However, I was very surprised that a) a NY Times Bestseller book is a very strongly religious book and b) that it stirred up so much thought and so many questions in my mind. One huge question that is addressed and has been long-engrained in my mind is why does God let bad things happen to good people? It was sometimes hard to follow the author on this point, though. To me, it seemed that at one point he is saying that God does not personally allow things to happen, but then says that all things happen for a reason. There are times when the author seems to say that God does not interfere because of free will. Maybe the author is just suggesting different possibilities, since obviously no one knows for sure why things happen to certain people.
Having had a blood disorder for almost 12 years with no end in sight, it is hard for me to believe that it happened/is happening still for a reason. I have learned a lot, yes, and see the world differently because of it, but I foresee ever being able to understand why it happened in the first place and continued to cause problems for years. I am lucky because I can live a normal life, but there are people living with things who cannot. I don’t believe God would want his children to suffer, but it seems like we would see more miracles and people getting well. It is impossible to even imagine ourselves in God’s shoes (also addressed in the book), but just can’t imagine that someone would go through something horrible just to learn to be a stronger person. I know this topic/debate can go on forever, but any thoughts??
I really did (surprisingly) love the book and think it would be an excellent book club book for great discussions!