The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William Paul Young

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6 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    I loved this book. For me, it answered so many questions, as well as opening up new ways of thinking of things. Another book I recently read builds on this: Gita Nazareth’s Forgiving Ararat. This book too explores themes of judgment and forgiveness in the face of violence. As a fan and publicist for this book, I’m interested to see what parallels are drawn between the two.

  2. Dian says:

    Greetings Laura, thanks so much for your feedback and for the expression of your thoughts. I believe the beauty of a book lies in its opportunity to present words and ideas that are then quietly absorbed, reflected upon and interpreted by the individual in the manner in which it befits them most. ‘The Shack’ and obviously the book you have quoted, are also such books that have allowed you to find great personal meaning within their pages. I think that is really beautiful for you and for everyone you hope it reaches as its publicist. It is a sign of a well written piece of work if it leaves the reader with their heart open. One’s personal thoughts about literature, or any form of art, are always a pleasure to read. So, thank you for sharing Laura. Best wishes on the publicity side. With deep appreciation, Dian.

  3. Stella says:

    Dian, it is deeply comforting to see someone being open to works of literary nature. Novels, like songs, touch people not just with words, but also the ideas and feelings that the words created.
    I’ve read The Shack and Forgiving Ararat. I felt that both books are highly thought-provoking as well as emotional, leaving one to ponder and question long after the last pages.
    As a writer, I hope to do the same someday and create beautiful and engaging art.

  4. Ann B. says:

    I loved this book and the message that I gained from it. It allows me to love myself and forgive myself. I now feel that God does it and still finds me worthy and lovable, then I should do the same. There is a certain amount of serenity in my life now that was not there before I read The Shack. The book is not the be all and end all of faith or religious philosophy, but I think that the message to love all and to forgive all is a way to live life.

  5. Dian says:

    Dear Stella, I can’t believe I missed your Christmas Day post. Although you may be off on a grand adventure, I do hope you make your way back here to read my acknowledgment of your thoughts. Firstly, thank you. Thank you for sharing what you thought of this novel along with how books make you feel. I really liked your analogy to the song, very true. As to becoming a writer and creating beautiful and engaging art, “Believe you can, and you will.” You have already written something lovely and, you have the greatest head start for your gift already it is your ability to feel and be moved. Long may your soul sing in the creative process. Blessings to you, Dian.

  6. Dian says:

    Hi Ann B., thanks to you also for outlining how this novel made you feel and the message it has inspired in you to act upon. Acceptance and acknowledgment of the self is intrinsic to living a connected, present here and now life. I hope your sense of serenity is echoed in all that you do and that you find something new and wondrous to love about the self every day. Happy self-discoveries, Dian.

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