Have you ever found yourself drawn to a book only to find it's one of the most amazing and eye-opening pieces of literature you've ever read? Well, that's what happened when I found myself with a birthday gift voucher a few weeks back and I bought The Shack by William P Young with it.
I would never claim to be an extremely religious person but I've always believed that there is a God and an afterlife. I pray regularly, although more so in a chatty kind of way rather than in a very prayerful way. I often thank God for my family and lifestyle and I ask for help and guidance when I need it. In many respects I suppose I'm the same as many other believers! I'm not very fervent but I have a deep and fulfilling relationship with God in my own personal way.
Like most people, I've often questioned things about Creation that make me uncomfortable - particularly when it comes to why God allows certain things to happen. Why doesn't He stop wars happening? Why doesn't He stop paedophiles abusing and murdering children? Why does He allow natural disasters to happen?
Well, The Shack brings so many revelations that it's the sort of book I wish I'd read years ago when I was growing up. I'm not going to say much more about it as I could never do it justice and I'm terrified I'd spoil the storyline. Suffice to say, this book has affected my feelings about God in ways attending Church never did. It has done more for my spiritual life than all the time I attended convent school. It has made me feel like I really do have a precious and special relationship with God and more than anything else I finally feel like I understand the whole concept of the Holy Trinity. All of that is down to The Shack. I only wish I could give everyone I know their very own copy of it!
I enjoyed the book so much that even though I've read it thoroughly (and will do so many more times in the future), I actually bought an audiobook version of it on iTunes last night - my first ever! It's one of those books that you just know you'll enjoy and get more out of with every single read/ listen.
So that's it. I'm not going to try to get you to read it for yourself if you don't feel inclined to. But, what I will say is that if you don't you're missing a book so special that it's even been very favourably likened to The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. Now that's saying something!
Read endorsements here: http://www.theshackbook.com/endorsements.html
Read extracts here: http://www.theshackbook.com/read.html
You can buy it in most booksellers or through Amazon UK by clicking on the image at the beginning of this post.