Yesterday I went into downtown Osaka to go shopping. This time the shopping was for specific items for our church plant or for English classes, etc. While in the bookstore looking at textbooks I decided to take a wander through the paperback section on my way out. In the bestseller section a book caught my eye.
I just received my September/October Discipleship Journal. The first thing I do when I receive it is look through the whole thing without reading any articles, just anticipating and looking at the ads for new books. One ad for a book said, "This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good!" -Eugene Peterson
When I read that I thought, "That sounds like it might be an interesting read, I'll add it to my list for the next CBD order."
***update-it wasn't in DJ that I read about the book, it was in my Japan Harvest Magazine in the book review section!
On Thursday when I was shopping I couldn't have told you the name of that book, but when I saw it at the store with that review from Eugene Peterson on the front, I picked it up immediately.
The book is called, "The Shack."
Being the impatient person I am as soon as I got home and got my dinner ready I sat down with the book. Now, just over 24 hours later, I have finished the book. There are so many pages dog-eared to go back and read that I should have dog-eared those not to reread!
The book is a novel. However, it is also a theology book. I can't say that I agree with all of the theology, mostly because I read it too quickly the first time. But, it has already made me start to think about God in a different way. It has challenged my ideas of Christianity and given me a fresh faith.
It was published last year so many of you may have already read it, or at least heard of it. Buy it, read it, mull it over.
Some fans of the book are working with a movie producer to get it made into a movie. Apparently, the book has to sell so many copies before they can produce it so they are challenging people to buy the book for themselves. If you want to know more, go to http://www.theshackbook.com
One of the many lines I liked...
"'Oh child,' spoke Papa tenderly. 'Don't ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.'"