I recently read the book THE SHACK: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity. This is not a new book, as it was published in 2007. The author is William Paul Young. It is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, so perhaps you have heard of it. Over the past few months, several people had told me about it. Then my wife Carol borrowed it from the library. After she finished, I began to read it.
This is a work of fiction, but filled with much wisdom and profound lessons. Without giving away the plot of the story, there are a number of notable portions which particularly spoke to me. As man sometimes I struggle to forgive others. Here are 3 powerful lessons I learned about forgiveness:
“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another man’s throat.”
“Don’t you see that forgiveness is an incredible power – a power you share with us, a power Jesus gives to all he indwells so that reconciliation can grow.”
“Forgiveness is first for you, the forgiver, to release you from something that will eat you alive, that will destroy your joy and your ability to live fully and openly.”
We can forgive, but it is a process - and one that is necessary for us as well. Don't be stuck in anger and hatred. I would ask you to join me in asking God to forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us. Even though we say it often, that's not an easy prayer. It challenges us to be more forgiving.
May he increase and we decrease.Jesus, you've given me the powerful example of forgiveness. Increase in me and soften my heart. Help me to love and forgive as you have personally loved and forgiven me.
Reading this book conjured up many images and clear pictures painted by this author’s rich imagination.
As the back cover of the book states: “In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question: ‘Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?’ The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book.”
I certainly share that sentiment and I would highly recommend THE SHACK to be part of your summer reading list.