Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Shack

Have you heard of William P. Young yet? My wife and I like to refer to him as Willie P after watching a video interview of him on the website.

William Young is the author of The Shack which is currently featured on the NY Times best selling lists. There’s also this great article about Willy P and The Shack on the NY Times website.

I first heard about this book from my friend April, who has to be one of the most well-read persons I know. So when she tells me it's one of her favorite books, I DON'T take it like a grain of salt. Instead, I rush out and snatch up the book. In this case, I ordered a copy from my local library which ironically had two people on the waiting list when I returned it.

This book messed with me in a good way but it also opened up my eyes to some of my faults. The two major themes I took away from this book are: 1) I don’t trust God as much as I think I do and 2) I haven’t figured out what total surrender looks like for me yet. I am slowly trying but it’s not something that happens overnight. Case in point: I am struggling why our house hasn’t sold when we think it’s God’s plan that we’re supposed to live near our church in Ankeny. It’s hard to let go of control and trust God with this decision…and to be at peace with it completely.

So I keep trying to give it over to Him but the control freak in me has issues with that. I think that's why I always drive instead of my wife. ;)

Anyway, if you haven't read The Shack yet, please do yourself a favor and check it out. And definitely check out the video on the 722 site.

1 comment:

April said...

Hooray! I am so glad you read it! Yeah it'll mess with you. I got into a really cool discussion with a bunch of people after reading it about how I interact with each member of the trinity. I of course cling to God as Father, get the Holy Spirit but often struggle most with Jesus. I mean I get Jesus but He is the one area of the Trinity I don't think I have the strongest comprehension of. sigh!