Monday, November 12, 2007

The Shack - A One Sitting Wonder

Edward and the kids walked down our long driveway and checked the mail. And yesterday at dusk came back with a package from Amazon. My copy of The Shack had arrived. I had been waiting with anticipation for this book to come since I just finished my Steve Brown book and had nothing to read that matched its weightiness. I had read some wonderful review of The Shack and was looking forward to the experience it might offer.

Well I opened the book at about 5:30 pm and read and read until 11:30pm when I finished it. Yup, never put it down and cried about 3 or 4 times during the reading of it. (Well I did get the kids to bed and I did get up for a snack about 10:30... I was hungry.) I am not sure I have ever read a book through in one sitting unless it was a Harlequin romance I use to read deep into the night as a kid. Oh haven't my reading interests changed over the years.

I read this book hungrily... wanting more and more of its profound and life changing ideas. I had read a few reviews about it on Amazon which made me very curious about its content. I am so glad I ordered it. I know this is just the first of many times I will read it. There are bits and pieces I want to memorize and mark. Places I want to stop and linger over. Now that I have read it through once... it calls for a more leisurely reading or two, or three.

I have never been so emotionally moved in a novel in a long, long time. I am not going to give away the plot of the book but it tackles the question of where God is in the midst of suffering and evil. Here is the back cover. You can visit The Shack website to get a fuller understanding of the book and its message.

I hope you do!


Elysa said...

Oooh...I'm going to HAVE to get a hold of that book and read it now. I've had its image imbedded at my blog for months but haven't gotten to read it yet.

Any chance that if I return A CLOISTERED WALK I could borrow THE SHACK over the holidays? I'll make sure I give it top reading priority when we're down there and might even throw in some chocolate to sweeten the deal. ;)

Stephanie said...

You betcha... never mind the chocolates, sista! This is a keeper though so it MUST be returned. haha

Elysa said...

I perfectly understand. TIA! :D