Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Shack

Well I thought I would just let people know that I am going to be hosting a book club starting in April. A lot have already read the book "The Shack" or are in the midst of reading. If you have already read it that's OK because there is so much in the book to discover that we can together read it again and will probably see more in it the second time around.
So mark April 2 on your calenders and plan to attend. My house starting at 7pm.
It should be a time of exploring our walk with God.
I am going to include some comments about the book that I got off the website. So see you April 2.

**Jason the lord has led us to a small number of life-changing books and this one heads the list. When you close the back cover you will be changed.

Dale Lang, (, father of student killed in Columbine copycat shooting

**You will be captivated by the creativity and imagination of the shack, and before you know it you’ll be experiencing god as never before. William Young’s insights are not just captivating, they are biblically faithful and true. Don’t miss this transforming story of grace.

Greg Albrecht, Editor, Plain Truth Magazine

I read and wept and slept and read again. I am full of words, inexpressible thoughts, shades and hues of hope and light and joy.

Larry Gillis, pastor/counselor

This is from the author's bio:

These are some of the facts of my life, but they don’t begin to tell the real story. That would take much more room than is available here. The journey has been both incredible and unbearable, a desperate grasping after grace and wholeness. These facts don’t tell you about the pain of trying to adjust to different cultures, of life losses that were almost too staggering to bear, of walking down railroad tracks at night in the middle of winter screaming into the windstorm, of living with an underlying volume of shame so deep and loud that it constantly threatened any sense of sanity, of dreams not only destroyed but obliterated by personal failure, of hope so tenuous that only the trigger seemed to offer a solution. These few facts also do not speak to the potency of love and forgiveness, the arduous road of reconciliation, the surprises of grace and community, of transformational healing and the unexpected emergence of joy. Facts alone might help you understand where a person has been, but often hide who they actually are.

The Shack will tell you much more about me than a few facts ever could. In some ways my life is partly revealed in both characters—Willie and Mack. But an author is always more. I hope that someday we can share a cup of coffee, or for me, an extra hot chai tea with soy. If that happens, and if you want, I will tell you a little more about the bigger story and you can tell me some of yours.

That about sums up my life. For me, everything is about Jesus and Father and the Holy Spirit, and relationships, and life is an adventure of faith lived one day at a time. Any aspirations, visions and dreams died a long time ago and I have absolutely no interest in resurrecting them (they would stink by now anyway). I have finally figured out that I have nothing to lose by living a life of faith. I know more joy every minute of every day than seems appropriate, but I love the wastefulness of my Papa’s grace and presence. For me, everything in my life that matters, is perfect!


Amy said...

Where did you get the book?

I love to read, so will prob. pick it up. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend b/c of a nursing baby. Great idea though!

Tammy said...

You can pick up the book at the church. Cheryl ordered quite a few books. that's too bad that you can't come out.

jennifer said...

how much is the book and i would like to join if its all right

Williams Family Blog said...

I picked the book up a couple of weeks ago from the church. I have started reading is heartbreaking good...really intense. Say Tammy, is your group meeting every second week? Are you doing any parts of it on line?

Shari said...

I still have to check this book out. I've heard fantastic comments from everyone... they refer to it as life changing. I am thinking of attending... will let you know.

Roxanne said...

I'm not familiar with this book...sounds good.

Tammy said...

Yes Karen it will be every second Wed. I thought that may make it easier for people. Also it only goes until the end of May. I will also probably do some blogging on it as we go so people will be free to comment too.
You can get the book at the church and I do believe it's around $15.00
hope to see you at my house next Wed Apr.2!!!!

Vicki said...

My hubby read this book last weekend. It's the first book he's ever read that he couldn't put down! He read it in less than 24 hours and declared it to be life-changing. I'm looking forward to reading it ... once I finished the 4 I've already got started!!

praypraise&pamper said...

I have heard alot about this book. I too will pick it up.
Wednesday nights is Kelly's riding night, I will try to make the next group if you do it again.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, this is one POPULAR book right now... causing quite a phenomenon.
I plan on reading it in the next few weeks.
Have fun with your book club!