At the end of February, I'm going to attend the Oregon Christian Writers Winter Conference in Salem. The keynote speaker will be Willim P. Young, author of The Shack. To say I'm looking forward to hearing him is an understatement.
Some books I’ve read are just too good to put down. The Shack isn’t one of them. I mean that in the best possible way. This novel is so filled with life-altering concepts that I had to put it down from time to time to allow new ideas to sink in. William P. Young has written The Shack in such a way that it teases our imaginations to say “what if?”
In the acknowledgements, Young says most of us have a shack in our lives. Reading the story of what Mackenzie Allen Philips encountered will capture your thinking in ways you don’t anticipate. As a novel, per se, the story didn’t keep me up nights turning pages. There are places where my attention flagged from detail overload. But as a vehicle to better understand God’s love and grace, The Shack has given me thoughts to ponder for many nights to come. The book left me with a fresh feeling of confidence about God’s unconditional love for me.
I am “especially fond” of The Shack.
After I return from the conference, I'll share some of Young's comments with you.