Year 4, Book 75

75. The Shack by William P. Young
I have had a ton of people marvel about the wonders of this book to me. It’s a Christian fiction book that uses the experiences of the main character Mackenzie to elucidate the holy trinity. The first third of the book was kind of a crime fiction type novel with the story of Mackenzie’s daughter begin abducted during a family camping trip, which leads him to doubt God. The last two-thirds of the book are some supernatural experience in which he meets God (who is an African-American woman named Papa), Jesus, and the Holy Spirit (an Asian woman named Sarayu) at the shack where his daughter’s killer was found. They help him come to terms with what happened as well as teach him about who they are. I found the crime part gripping but once we switched over to the rest of the book I found it tedious and boring. All the people raving about it claim that it has given them new perspective, etc. I either already had the perspective or didn’t get nearly as enlightened while reading this book because it did a whole lot of nothing for me. I give it 3 out of 10.

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