Mackenzie Allen Philip's youngest daughter, Missy has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack dep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
Against his better judgement he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question "Where is God in a world filled with unsepakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book.
One of the points that impacted me the most was how though I love and serve God, in reality I don't think of Him as being truly "GOOD". I often think that He is judgemental or controling, that He doesn't really love me.... it's hard for me to put it into words. I had no problem thinking that Jesus loved me or that He was good. But when it came to God the Father.... that was a different story. This books really helped change my view of certain aspects of God's character.
The following is a conversation between Mackenzie and God:
"The real underlying flaw in your life, Mackenzie, is that you don't think that I am good. If you knew I was good and that everything - the means, the ends, and all the processes of individual lives - is all covered by my goodness, then while you might not always understand what I am doing, you would trust me. But you don't....."
...."You cannot produce trust just like you cannot "do" humility. It either is or it isn't"....
....[Mackenzie says] "I don't know how to change that"
"You can't, not alone. But together we will watch that change take place. For now I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about erformance or you having to please me. I'm not a bully, not some self-centered emanding little deity insisting on my own way. I am good, and I desire only what is best for you. You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation or coercion, only through a relationship of love. And I do love you."
...[Mackenzie says] "I just can't imagine any final outcome that would
justify all this."
... "We're not justifying it. We are redeeming it."