Book Review: The Shack

This has been the second fiction book I’ve read in the past 5 years (the other one was The Alchemist). I read both of these books based upon recommendations from people I look up to and admire. I am glad I read both of them.

The Shack is a great book, in the beginning I remember getting so angry I could kill someone, in the middle I remember finding out how much God loves me, and by the end I was crying like a baby. The book definitely gives you a different perspective of God, Jesus,and the Holy Spirit. In fact, God is actually depicted as an old black woman! I enjoyed reading from a different perspective.

For those of you who are theology freaks – you’re going to have to “eat the hay and spit the sticks” – you won’t agree with everything doctrinally, but press through, it’s worth the read. I think Perry Noble said it well in his review, “My recommendation…read it…but as a work of fiction.  Do not place it on the same level as Scripture…but allow it to stretch you and teach you…who knows, you may learn a thing or two.”


I came away from this book knowing that God loves me more than I could possible imagine, He is interested in every aspect of my life, that in the midst of tragedies in our lives – God will cause good to come of it – whether we understand or not, that we’ll never know all there is too know about God – He is way too big! There are many other lessons I learned through reading this, hopefully I’ve wet your appetite to read it for yourself. Enjoy!

Final Grade: A+       Buy it here


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