The Shack

The Shack

By Edwin D. Arceo


That one word somehow summarizes my experience reading The Shack by WM. Paul Young. It is a radical departure from the prevailing notion of God. Willie, as he is fondly called, crafted a masterpiece of storytelling.

I was often reading the book during my commute to the office. For most of the time, I was in tears at how the story evolved. I was smiling and laughing deep inside at some parts. At some points, the book can be irreverent about the views prevailing about the church and the religious system in general. But if you will think deeper you will admit that there are truths. As with the character, I had a hard time understanding some of the explanation about the Trinity.

I was almost always surprised at some of the conversation and interaction between Mack, the main character, and God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. There was always an “Aha!” moment. It was a delight to read. Some people may be offended by the statements in the book but this is the kind of person that has a boxed-in view of his religion.

One can easily relate to the emotions felt by Mack — the sorrow, pain, grief and anger that he experienced. It is truly human.