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When my son passed away eight years ago, after some time of grieving it was recommended I read this book as a way to bring me to God and alleviate my grief. I had heard many good things but I was afraid - though I never really understood why. I found my way to God about five years ago and have had many encounters with him in my grieving process. I recently put The Shack on my Audible wish list and after seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie I knew it was time to "read" the book. I have never experienced such a profoundly positive effect from any piece of literature except for maybe the Bible. My eyes, mind, heart and soul are forever changed - I so look forward to continue growing in my relationship with God, Jesus and "Sarayu". Thank you - thoroughly enjoyed!
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This book was hard to stop listening to. I love family and friends and knew the interruptions were necessary however I COULD NOT WAIT to finish listening to it! I sometimes felt like the characters (Trinity) were talking to me. This book was very well written! I am SO THANKFUL that the author shared this with others and was open to rewrites to make it the perfect compilation of everything (short way of saying it). I learned how to forgive and let go a long time ago. The funny thing is that my son who has had a difficult year is the one that read and recommended this book to me. Several times in different chapters I had tears streaming down my face because I knew this opened up a new world of healing to my son. My son had already allowed God to begin working "through" him before he ever picked up this book. This book has left a lasting impression on him that he can now share with his wife and use to teach his 3 young daughters. Thank you for sharing your life with the world Paul!!!
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Would you listen to The Shack again? Why?
I would definitely listen to The Shack again because even though it is based on fiction, it helped me explore my biblical understanding of God, his workings, and plans for us.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shack?
The part where Papa put
What does Roger Mueller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His timing is spot on. And the way he reads it as if the chaharacter is figuring it out for the first time really helps me to engage with the events in the story.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Definitely the part where... oh wait, that would ruine it for you. You’ll just have to read it yourself.
Any additional comments?
Don’t be turned away by the sound of this book. Yes, I know for the most part God is portrayed as a Woman (which is not biblical), but it explained why in the book. It is a work of fiction and therfore there are some elements which I had to go and cross reference myself... But for the most part, it got me thinking about my own relationship with God, how I treat him, and how he treats us.
Forget the Theology, forget your religious hang ups. Allow the love of God to permeate your soul as your enjoy a great book of fiction.