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The “after words” of The Shack include the following sentence about Mack, the main character in the book:  “He loves larger than most, is quick to forgive, and even quicker to ask for forgiveness.” Every day of my pastoral life, I encounter people who need a weekend, or maybe a decade, in “the shack.”  I […]

Forgiveness.  Perhaps no other word in the English language expresses an action more important or less understood.  Chapters 15-16 of The Shack offer some vital insights on forgiveness. Forgiveness is sometimes a hug with no words.  Most of the time, an embrace either presupposes or symbolizes a relationship.  Mack meets his own dad in chapter […]

I think it might be my favorite paragraph in The Shack. This quote comes from chapter 13, when the main character, Mack, is talking to Papa (God the Father).  Mack admits to Papa, “I’ve tried pretty hard to lock you out of my life.” Papa answers, “People are tenacious when it comes to the treasure […]

Mack has lived for four years with “the great sadness” – a personal tragedy of unimaginable consequence.  Now he has his weekend with God, allowing him to surface his buried thoughts and feelings – not just about “the great sadness,” but about a life of pain that distanced him from a personal relationship with the […]

The Shack – Chapters 9-10 by bob

March 6th, 2009

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You are a living fractal. I didn’t know what that was either until a few minutes ago.  So I looked it up in Webster’s, and then online.  Click here for Wikipedia’s explanation and illustrations of fractals if you want to know more. Actually, the explanation is rather complex and I’m a simple guy.  So here’s […]