Friday, October 03, 2008

Meeting God at the shack

I am doing better - not bad at all. And I think part of what has colored my world in the last few days is The Shack by William P. Young. This book intrigued me because it's a Christian book that made it as a #1 New York Times Bestseller. I wanted to see what it was that drew such a large readership. Last night I finished reading it and today I feel like I want to start reading it all over again. It's so rich!

This fictional story illustrates so well what God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are like. It describes their character so well. And it shows not only how much God loves us but how we can have a relationship with Him. This book has touched me deeply. It has given me hope for myself and for the many who have been reading it. Hope also for the many lives these readers touch, because it's through learning how to have a better relationship with God that we can have a better relationship with everyone in our lives.

I feel like I've grown spiritually through the reading of this book. And I pray that God will help me hang on to this change for the better. I pray that God will help me stay closer to Him, as I do this morning.

Saruya, the character that portrays the Holy Spirit part of God says, "...you will hear and see me in the Bible in fresh ways. Just don't look for rules and principles; look for relationship - a way of coming to be with us." In meeting God along with the main character, Mackenzie, I have learned to look at Him in a clearer way.

At Living Room I've always considered my biggest job to be helping members come to understand how much God loves them. Now I want to go a step further and help them learn to have a closer relationship with Him. I want to help them understand what God is really like.

I wish I had the time to tell you a lot more about The Shack. I feel that what I've shared here is terribly inadequate as a description. But you will have to read it for yourself. Eugene Peterson said this: "This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good."

My mom was admitted to hospital yesterday, badly confused. I will be visiting her this morning. Please pray that she will get the kind of care she needs. Please pray that she will not be too anxious.

4 comments:

Merely Me said...

I will definitely go check out that book. And your mom will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry I haven't been here in awhile. Seems life has a way of always carrying us away.

Wanted to ask if you had time...to comment on a post I wrote for the depression site on Health Central about what we can do to fight the stigma associated with mental illness. Your words are powerful and they could help a lot of people.

Here is where you can find the article:

http://www.healthcentral.com/depression/c/84292/39974/mentally-worthy

P.J. said...

That book sounds great! I'll have to take a look. The quote you shared is deep!!

Hope your mom is doing well. Let us know, eh?

marja said...

Hi Merely me. Thank you for visiting. I know what it's like not to have time to visit everyone - I've been terrible. And you asked me several days ago to comment on your article, and I want to, but so hard to get around to. I promise I will though. Please don't give up on me.

marja said...

Hi PJ. Actually, my mom hasn't been very well at all. She terribly confused and very tired all the time, even sleeping through her lunch time - missing the most important meal of her day. She is home and getting extra help. Someone looks in on her every morning and evening now. Thank God for that!