Monday, April 27, 2009
Journey by way of The Shack
I'm in the process of rereading "The Shack". I read it in a hurry the first time as it was borrowed, so I'm taking it more slowly this time and pondering and crying as I read. This a fictional story for those who have criticized it. It is not meant to be taken literally, but at the same time it has such an in depth look into the trinity, unity, love, and relationships that is insightful.
I'd like to share just a few quotes that I made note of.
"Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship" pg.94
"I often find that getting head issues out of the way first makes the heart stuff easier to work on later..." pg 95
"When you chose independence over relationship, you became a danger to one another. Others became objects to be manipulated or managed for your own happiness." pg 125
"But your choices are also not stronger than my purposes, and I will use every choice you make for the ultimate good and the most loving outcome." pg 127 (this is God speaking to Mack)
"Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved." pg 128
"Rights are where survivors go, so that they won't have to work out relationships." pg 129
"Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect." pg 147
This book has been likened to a present day Screwtape Letters or Pilgrims Progress. I highly recommend it to anyone who will read it with an open mind and an open heart to receive.
Lindell read it and those who know him knows he does not read fiction novels, but has recommended it to others.
We have much to learn about relationships, love, submission, & unity today. We are so far from God's design and intention for us. Makes you almost wish for such an experience as Mack had with the Trinity. We love conditionally and it's all about our rights. Even the most unselfish of us fall short.
Again, this is a journey we're on until the day we reach the destination, which is to be with Him.