Reflections on The Shack

What a beautiful read. The last time I cried while reading a book was when Dumbledore died in Harry Potter. It made me read that part over and over again. It was worse for this book. It made me cry twice. I think this book changed me, maybe not through action just yet but at least in my perspective about a lot of things. What was great about this book was that it magnificently tackled a lot of values woven in a great story which I want to believe is true. Somehow, this book made me contemplate on my own life to make the necessary step changes to set myself free of the past baggage and the future worries.

“Remember that choosing to stay on ground is a choice to facilitate a relationship, to honor it. You don’t play a game or color a picture with a child to show your superiority. Rather, you choose to limit yourself so as to facilitate and honor that relationship. You will even lose a competition to accomplish love. It is not about winning or losing, but about love and respect.” – William P. Young

Books - The Shack April 18 2013

Love and Relationships. It tackled a lot of things about love and relationships. For one thing, being in a relationship is nothing about winning or losing. It is about submitting and serving one another. Now that I am in a relationship, I have a better understanding of what this really means. Sometimes, even though you know you can emphasize how right you are, there is no need to. Likewise I’ve experienced the other situation when I know that he could have been right but he gave me the chance to contemplate to do the right thing next time instead of torturing me for being wrong. To add to this, I feel like I am always given a chance to start with a new slate when I make mistakes.

“Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to hold power over another is to choose to limit oneself – to serve. Humans often do this – in touching the infirm and sick, in serving the ones whose minds have left to wonder, in relating to the poor, in loving the very old and the very young, or even in caring for the other who has assumed a position of power over them.” – William P. Young

Another interesting thing was that if there is true love, there shouldn’t be laws and rules for laws and rules break relationships. It allows us to judge others when in fact we have no right to. Yes, there may be the Ten Commandments but it is only Jesus who can truly fulfill it. For us to live it we must live with God. It is nice to note that however different religions may be, it all boils down to that one with supreme and absolute love, the true power.

Forgiveness. A lot of his journey boiled down to forgiving the perpetrator. What was great about the story was how it used other parallel situations to make him realize that it’s almost the same as forgiving those who have wronged us. It’s not telling us to forget for the memory of pain may never leave us but it should be a way Β for us to let go and separate us from judging people for we are limited. There is no way for us to completely judge what is good and evil because we are not at all absolute. Forgiveness is a way for us to trust (God) that good will some day come to that person.

Trust. It tells us to just let go and let God. That things happen for a reason and that we are never alone in sorrow and happiness.

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth

After reading this book, I had a good dream of flowers and mermaids. Thank you for a wonderful read, William Paul Young. Thank you, Reg, for making me read this book.

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  1. Adding this to my to read books πŸ˜€


  2. thanks for the review. i’ve had the book for years and never read it.



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