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Tim P
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Posted: Jul-07-08 at 6:28pm | IP Logged  

I just finished reading The Shack by William P Young.  Has anyone else read it?  There is much in it that resonates with what is shared here in the Shovel Shack.  I think the book is very good.

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gregoryfl
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Yes I have read it within the last month. Gave a copy to my former wife who read it also, which surprised me. 

      

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Dignz
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really?  a book called the shack?  now i am reahhhhlly curious!  :)

      

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rickh
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shouldnt jimmy have the copyright on that?  !!!!!!!!!  or at least get residuals.  

      

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Tim P
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gregoryfl wrote:
Yes I have read it within the last month. Gave a copy to my former wife who read it also, which surprised me. 


What'd you think of it, Ron?
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gregoryfl
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Well, let me put it to you this way. Picture working with me, and knowing that here comes this guy every morning who hardly even speaks, no emotion, no nothin. Then, one day, he starts coming in with his face buried in a book. Wow, you think, he can read. Maybe there are signs of life.

Then, Oh my God! It's true! You saw it with your own eyes! You run to tell your co-workers. Right in the middle of reading, he just starts bawling. And more than once. There is life!

(the actual account happened to me)

Yes, I enjoyed it very much. I always love seeing God smash false perceptions. I love even more when he wakes up my dead, otherwise lifeless carcASS and I can see with my own eyes I do indeed have Life.




      

What do you see when you look at me? Not the visible me that your eyes can see. For in Christ I am dead, yet alive and free. Free to be it all, as he lives in me.
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dlinn94
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Want to know how much you are really loved by Abba?  Read The Shack!  Although fiction, it will slam truth home right past your ingrained theological presuppositions, at least it did mine.  My life and view of Papa will never be the same--thankfully.

 



      

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gregoryfl
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Good to see you back Dave! Always love to hear your insights brother. 

Ron


      

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dlinn94
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Ron, thanks for the welcome.  You are always grace-filled with your comments.  Although always lurking around the shovel shack, I have been really busy with attending weddings in Maine (14 hour trip one way), visiting friends and family in Pittsburgh, and countless other time consuming activities.  I am hoping to settle back into what is "normal" for me--the retired life style.

Also, since we are talking about books in this thread, I would highly recommend a wonderful book written by Wayne Jacobsen titled "So you don't want to go to church anymore?"  Also fiction, but also incredibly insightful into the mess we have made out of the RELIGION of Christianity by insisting that the IC is the matrix that believers must be part of.  The story line causes the reader, like in The Shack, to drops his guard to allow truth to rush in past the locked doors of our theological presuppositions. 

Grace and Peace,

Dave



Edited by dlinn94 on Jul-08-08 at 11:51am


      

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gregoryfl
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Yes, have kept up with that book also as Wayne was writing it. It is always encouraging to hear and read of freedom and Life as expressed through our fellow brothers and sisters. Wayne has been a wonderful blessing for the body of Christ. Thank you for the encouraging comment Dave. Hope you get settled real soon too brother, although it is good as well to have family and friends you can visit.

Ron


      

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dlinn94 wrote:

Also, since we are talking about books in this thread, I would highly recommend a wonderful book written by Wayne Jacobsen titled "So you don't want to go to church anymore?"  Also fiction, but also incredibly insightful into the mess we have made out of the RELIGION of Christianity by insisting that the IC is the matrix that believers must be part of.  The story line causes the reader, like in The Shack, to drop his guard to allow truth to rush in past the locked doors of our theological presuppositions. 

Grace and Peace,

Dave



Who says these books are fiction?  I want to argue.  Who's Wayne Jacobsen?  The cover says the book was written by Jake Colsen. 
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Tim P
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Guest wrote:


Who says these books are fiction?  I want to argue.  Who's Wayne Jacobsen?  The cover says the book was written by Jake Colsen. 


Wayne's website is http://www.lifestream.org/
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gregoryfl
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Tim,

That was Melissa trying to be funny, but accidentlly posted it.


      

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dlinn94
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Jake Colsen is a pseudonym for the combined work of two
long-time friends,
colleagues and fellow-travelers, Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman



      

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Rudolf
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I loved some books of Wayne, and the honesty and realness he shares at his blog. The story of how the shackbook became published is quite a miracle, as no one wanted to publish it (it was either too christian or not christian enough).

The shackbook didn't make a big impression on me, but that's maybe because a lot of what's in it is also in "so you don't want to go to church anymore" (a wayne jacobsen book).

I love the clear perspective in both books that "the religious system" is not about being inside or outside of a building. The books are not selling 'The way of doing church' or 'The way of being a christian'. That's refreshing for a change. Loved them!



Edited by Rudolf on Jul-17-08 at 8:57am
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LibertyBelle78
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I just read the basic premise of the book, The Shack on William Young's website. As soon as I read about the little girl being brutally murdered, I was afraid to read any further. I would like to read the book if it doesn't go into explicit details about the murder. I cannot handle things like that. Can you please tell me if it the book would be safe for me to read?  

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gregoryfl
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The only detail of the death of the girl is finding her red dress in the shack. No details of the actual crime are spoken about. There are painful parts of the book but they have to deal with God bringing healing to this man from his past. They brought tears to my eyes several times, but in a good way.

ron


      

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dlinn94
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Posted: Jul-29-08 at 6:53am | IP Logged  

Oh read on--your heart will be strangely warmed---I promice you!!!!!!

      

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Buddy
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I enjoyed the book as well and his thoughts on God and the Trinity are very life changing.  The only thing I did not enjoy about the book was that he wove some of his own political beliefs about enviromentalism, relativsm and feminism into the story.  Those parts were very minor though and all in all it was a very touching read.

Buddy

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