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The God shack is a little old place where they can get together
The Shack - William P. Young
Member Name: Jonni_boi
The Shack - William P. Young
Advantages: Interesting and intriguing!
Disadvantages: controversial, and different to anything I've ever read!
I have to admit, when this book came through the post, I was very apprehensive about reading this; the blurb (back of the book) makes it seem uninteresting and made me not want to read this. Anyhow, I persevered and read it, and I still do not know what to make of this book, and you shall find out later on. But I do have to admit, I found it extremely weird and definitely something that could potentially be very controversial, but it also intrigued me into the story, so it's very difficult, for me, to decide what I thought about it.
Well, let's start off with the author. William P. Young. I had never ever heard of this author before this book came through the door. So naturally he is a new author to me. So I looked him up on "fantasticfiction.com" which basically just showed me that he has only ever published this one book. Which made me realised that I have managed to read all of an author's novels, for the first time ever in my life. There's not a lot known about him, and he is only well-known because of this book. I don't know whether he plans to release any more books, but if he does, I know I may just read it, to see if it's just as interesting as this book was, in a weird and wonderful way. He's writing technique is very engaging, and since this book wasn't the sort of book I would've read, he's writing style made it much easier for me, and I read it quicker than I expected.
The book starts off with an introduction, which basically outlined what the story was about and how he felt about the story, and what he hopes to gain by releasing the book. It gave in depth to his thoughts and what he wants you to understand. I very much recommend you reading the introduction rather than skipping it, as it could affect the way in which you read the book.
The book centres around a father of five called Mackenzie Philips, "Mack" for short. He and he's children go on a camping holiday/vacation, and while away one of his children go missing. Police and everything is called, and they later find out that this has been happening in the area for some time now.
Anyway sometime later on, Mack receives a note in his mailbox from "Papa," saying that he would like to meet with Mack on that coming weekend at the shack. Mack is puzzled by the note - he has no relationship with his abusive father after Mack leaves home at age 13. He suspects that the note may be from God, whom his wife Nan refers to as "Papa."
We later realise that the shack, is a shack. It's broken and in need of repair. Mack almost gives up hope, and goes back home, but instead he doesn't, and the next minute, the shack has totally changed and there is 3 people living there.
These three people are God the Father who takes the form of an African American woman who calls herself Papa, Jesus Christ is a Middle-Eastern carpenter, and the Holy Spirit physically manifests itself as an Asian woman named Sarayu. Mack is there to work out a few things in his life, and stop him from going out of control, but can he really succeed with believing God takes 3 different forms?
I believe this centres about beliefs and people's thoughts on God, this can make this story be seen in many different ways, people believe different things when it comes to God, and so I presume this book would be totally different from one person to the next. I highly believe that this book would be brilliantly made into a film, although it would probably not work as some people will envisage something, and then someone else will imagine the exact bit, but differently. So, in theory, a film wouldn't be such a good idea.
This book, like many other books I have read, stands alone, I can fit this into loads of different genres, but I'll never ever be too sure if I've put it in the right one. This book contains a lot of different things and I would get confused what sort of book it is. But if I have to be honest it totally fits under the religion aspect of books, purely because it centres around beliefs and what people make God out to be. I, personally, had to read this book, keeping in mind that the story is completely fiction. Other people would totally disagree, but I do not believe in God, and in order for me to read this book I had to imagine that this book was totally fiction. But you may not do that when you read this book.
I found this really interesting and a brilliant story-line. I found this ending really good and maybe a little different to common endings in books. I found the writing style brilliant and so therefore I could get into the book really easily. I have to admit, I found myself reflecting on what had happened in the book, although I pushed myself into believing it was just a pure fun read. I also thought the emotions ran through the book amazingly and interestingly, and you really got a feeling for "Mack", and as the book progressed, you understood the characters more and more. It will always be a book I'll remember until the day I die, but I do not know whether it would be one I would like to read again, I'm just not sure I want to. But then again, maybe I will change my mind when I get older, and I may be able to see the book really differently than I do now. But I haven't learnt how to see the future yet, so I really don't know what I would be doing then.
I think this book will appeal to everyone in one way or another. (People who keep on reading my reviews will realise I say this in nearly every book review I make,) But I stick to what I say, because I truly believe this world needs to read more, and see what different books are like and I'm sure there is a book out there for everyone. I think people would find this interesting and different, and I reckon my idea about this book would be totally different to another person's. But if I had to recommend this book to anyone, it would have to be people who are trying to see where they stand in religion and trying to work out what their beliefs are. I don't know if this book would help at all, I hope to think it would, but it is a VERY controversial book, such as the "Dan Brown" books are. So I really do not have a clue whether this book is good or bad, as lots of people would think different things.
I do not know whether people will take offence to what this book is saying. I realise that using God as a character in a book can be extremely controversial due to the many different religions and many people standing by their beliefs, however I feel that this book is there to show what and who God is, and I don't know how people would feel about that, some people may feel that this book is total nonsense and shouldn't have been allowed to be published, when others might think that this book is a work of art and deserves it's place in the publishing world. I am neutral in this argument as I don't know what I feel about this book and I don't think I ever will.
I definitely found this book interesting, and I totally enjoyed typing up my review on this as I also found that interesting. I would like to thank you all for reading, and rating, and I would be very interested in any comments you wish to leave, or any messages you wish to send me. I'd very much like to hear your thoughts on this book as well!
Summary: a book about Beliefs and God