The Shack, a New York Times number one bestseller, written by WM. Paul Young published in 2007 is the redemptive story of a man named Mack who was driven away from his relationship with God and pushed into a “Great Sadness through an unexpected loss in his family. When invited to reopen a deep wound and revisit the fateful events that severed his ties with God, Mack rediscovers who God is and his place in his life. He lets go of grief and restores his broken heart. Through this story of Mack’s devastating loss and his restitution, Young illustrates that times of pain, suffering, and confusion result in hope, forgiveness, and self renewal through a relationship with God.
The loss of Missy was what caused Mack to be consumed with this “Great Sadness” and end his relationship with God. Young illustrates that loss is a big part of turning away from Him. In the beginning Mack had a deep love for both God and Missy, he understood that God had love for all of his children. During the fateful camping trip, Mack told a story of an Indian princess who was parallel to Jesus in the sense that she gave up her life for her people. It was said that “the pure and innocent daughter of a chief would willingly give up her life for her people” (Young 28). Mack understood why Missy tied the princess to Jesus and when she questioned why God would make his son die on the cross, Mack assured Missy that God never made Jesus die on the cross, it was out of love for the world that Jesus chose to die for our sins. Just like God loves his only son, He loves the rest of the world. His gift through a relationship with Him is living life with Him forever (Lifepointecom). Mack’s relationships were strong in the beginning both with God an...
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...ore knowlegable about God and further the progress in the relationship.
When tragedy struck and everything in the world seemed to be against him, God reached out to Mack like he does to us all, hoping that we will rely on him through our strength in our relationship. “He is always with us, he will never leave us” (Hebrews 13-5). God brings hope into our lives and we acquire a greater understanding of redemption and self renewal, we discover a greater purpose in life. Who we are meant to be and the life we are meant to live. Where God is in our life and how he speaks through love. This significant piece of literature guides us through the courageous story of Macks path to atonement and the lifting of the “great sadness.” The Shack provides a vision of forgiveness and wonder. Young aspires to help others begin a relationship with God or renew the one they had before.
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