Windchimes

November 18, 2008

A day at the Shack

Filed under: Doodles, Blabs and Rants — Tags: , , — didee @ 10:50 am
William P. Young

"The Shack" :: William P. Young

I am currently reading “The Shack” by William P. Young. And I cannot wait to reach the last page before I officially say that my list of most inspiring books have been reshuffled, and this little treasure has found it’s way somewhere on top of the heap.

More than anything else, it is a story about relationship. How we relate to our Maker, to each other, and even to ourself. My train ride seems too short already whenever I read on my way to work.

I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I must say I cannot wait to reread it again. If only I have the resources, I would buy all the copies available and wrap all for each of my love ones. Believe me, it is a treasure. (But don’t take my word for it, go get a copy!)

I have found myself trying to hold back tears (while in transit), down on my knees (in the comfort of my room)… and can not help but praise the One great Love Who have been nothing but faithful to me… and patient to me. Yes, I believe I’ve tested His patience quite a bit. Hehehe. Me and my stubborn head, just ask J.

Relationships are not easy. And there are times when it takes more than the love that you have for the other person to make it through. I’ve always treasured a verse I’ve read before me and J became a couple. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”. I’ve prayed then that we will always be reminded that He is the third strand that keeps us sane together.

Interesting to know that the author originally wrote the book for his children. A work of fiction in itself, yet now has touch so many lives already.

It’s a book about relationships, the ones that we treasure most yet sometimes take forgranted.

~*~**~*~

It’s interesting also that there are a few who have strong negative reactions on the book. Saying that it questions doctrines and dogmas that religious institutions has set up for society to follow. Questioning why of all possible “human form” the author chose to place Abba in a Black African Woman! Or the Holy Spirit characterized by an Asian Girl who loves gradens! Or Jesus who is both funny and charming, (and spends his time star gazing) yet not drop dead gorgeous! Hayyz

I guess for me, it helps us bring ourself back to the basic. It’s the purpose of why we engage ourself to take part of something that makes it special. And it all boils back to love and relationships.

And though I love the book, I admit that there are a few points where one just have to always remember that it is still a work of fiction. The Bible still holds the final authority. Some points are questionable if you place it in reference to the Bible. But just like Dan Brown’s works, it is still a book of fiction. It just so happens that it was able to inspire a few along the way.

I’ve been a Catholic most of my life, and for almost 10 years I’ve been a Born Again Christian. I was judged and ridiculed because of where I am right now (for the past two years. You’ll see where by the time I get married, which of the two aisle’s I’ll march on. LOL.) And all the more I’ve realized that it is not the letters you pen in the religion box that defines your faith, it is how you relate to Him whom you worship. And isn’t that what matters most?

~*~**~*~

quote from the book :

“Those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims, Democrats, Republicans and many who don’t vote or are not a part of any Sunday morning or religious institutions. I have followers who were murderers and many who were self-righteous…”

“Does that mean,” asked Mack, “that all roads will lead to you?”

“Not at all”, smiled Jesus….“Most roads don’t lead anywhere. What it does mean is that I will travel any road to find you.”

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14 Comments »

  1. this books looks interesting yan 🙂
    i’ll get a copy 😀

    Comment by vonskie — November 19, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

  2. hi vonne,

    yes it is. Currently reading and can’t get enough.

    🙂

    Comment by didee — November 19, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

  3. i’ve been actually hearing a lot of good reviews about this book. perhaps i’ll get a copy of it next year, when my bet’s done. thanks for sharing dee. 🙂

    Comment by kaith — November 20, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  4. i’m currently in makati and just went to power books in greenbelt3 looking for harry potter book 6. i think i saw this one in the bestseller section. hmm..i’m intrigue. c”,)

    Comment by Orville — November 20, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

  5. kaith : “i’ve been actually hearing a lot of good reviews about this book. perhaps i’ll get a copy of it next year, when my bet’s done. thanks for sharing dee.”

    Heheh nice cya i-add on your collection kaith. Inspiring and heartwarming.

    Comment by didee — November 21, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  6. Wow! i want to buy a copy of this too. I’m really interested to know the contents of this book. I’m calling national bookstore now… hahhaha!

    Comment by ifoundme — November 21, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  7. dee, what other inspiring books can you suggest pa?

    Comment by ifoundme — November 21, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

  8. I think that a LOT of people has misunderstood religion. True religion isn’t an organized group (which most of the “religions” here are now) but rather, a relationship with God. Just like how people love to call themselves Christians without really having any relationship with Christ.

    A blessed weekend! ❤

    Comment by Dee — November 21, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  9. orville : “i’m currently in makati and just went to power books in greenbelt3 looking for harry potter book 6. i think i saw this one in the bestseller section. hmm..i’m intrigue. c”,)”

    hi orville, if you can try to get a copy. It’s really a journey (read) worth taking. Thanks for the blog hop 😉

    Comment by didee — November 21, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  10. IFM : “Wow! i want to buy a copy of this too. I’m really interested to know the contents of this book. I’m calling national bookstore now… hahhaha!”

    hahaha we are stakeholders na jud sa natio !

    Comment by didee — November 21, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

  11. IFM : “dee, what other inspiring books can you suggest pa?”

    hmmm latest I’ve read which are great are The Wednesday Letters, The Shack (this one) and syaks i forgot the title of the last one hahaha. I’ll get to you on this one. 😉

    But still i enjoy also the classic Little Prince and If there’ll be flowers. Hehehe

    Comment by didee — November 21, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  12. Dee: “I think that a LOT of people has misunderstood religion. True religion isn’t an organized group (which most of the “religions” here are now) but rather, a relationship with God. Just like how people love to call themselves Christians without really having any relationship with Christ.

    A blessed weekend! <3”

    I couldn’t agree more. 🙂 That’s why I love this book so much because it focuses so much on Relationship rather than the do’s, dont’s and must be of structured religion.

    Comment by didee — November 21, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

  13. ms. d my student gave me this book before she went back to Korea, i haven’t read it yet : ( after reading you entry i can’t wait to finish it ^^

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