The Shack

On Sunday I noticed that Fr. Lou McCormick, OFM was reading a new book. It had a curious title, “The Shack.”  He said, “I want to talk about it at our fraternity meeting.” He gave the book a strong endorsement and said it was very Franciscan in its spirituality. Today, I found myself in Borders Books and near the front of the store I spied, “The Shack.” I took it off the shelf, sat down with a cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee and a snickerdoodle and started to read. I could not put the book down. Four hours later I finished reading it. I never left the store. I bought the book for my wife and the audio-book for a visually impaired friend. I highly recommend you read “The Shack.” It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I don’t want to take anything away from your enjoyment of the book so I won’t disclose the story.

Today was a personal day for an errand that never materialized, but it was no coincidence that I wound up in Borders reading that book. My faith had been shaken lately and this book was exactly what I needed to read. Reading this was like being on retreat. Do yourself a favor and get the book.

About Don Watkins

I'm a FOSS advocate, writer, educator, Python coder, Linux user, US Navy Veteran, Secular Franciscan, husband,father and grandfather. I blog about my life and experiences that give it meaning.
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7 Responses to The Shack

  1. Mick Turner says:

    I have read The Shack and also highly recommend it. However, if you do not like having your “Sacred Cows” challenged a bit, proceed with all due caution.

  2. Don says:

    I love how the author challenges those cows. I love Papa. It’s just a great book. Thanks for your comments. 🙂 Don

  3. Jim Thornber says:

    My wife and I both enjoyed “The Shack.” It’s imagery has stayed with me for many weeks. I just finished reading “Silence” by Shusaku Endo. This book is haunting me, and if you haven’t read it, I think you would like it. By the way, I was a monk for four years with The Brothers and Sisters of Charity (John Michael Talbot, founder) while maintaining my credentials with the Assemblies of God. It was an interesting and challenging time of my life. Thomas Merton remains one of my favorite writers.

  4. Don says:

    Thank you for the suggestion. I just ordered the book. 🙂 don

  5. Jeff says:

    I’d seen the cover on display in the bookstores, but I had no idea what it was about. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Lea says:

    I got a copy this weekend, and I am disappointed. I read half, but don’t think I’ll finish it. Glad y’all liked it, but it isn’t my cup of tea I guess.

  7. Don says:

    I had a friend who had a similar experience. That’s what makes the world great is our differences. 🙂 Don

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