The Shack was a short read for me, but I took a long time to gather my thoughts about it afterwards. It’s a philosophical book, in it a man who’s been through some hard times meets God. Literally. What follows is a book mostly filled with dialogue about the nature of humans and God and how they relate to each other.
||So even if it is a fictional story, I can’t help but think about which parts I agree with and which I don’t agree with. I don’t believe in God, but I did grow up connected to a church and therefore I’m closer to the idea of a Christian God then I am to other religions. It’s a lot easier to think about how humans relate to a God in this context for me then it is in any other. I found myself arguing with the book. In The Shack Young manages to write something in one sentence that I absolutely disagree with and something I agree with in the very next sentence. I am very glad I bought my own copy because I have never before written so much in the margins of any book. While there are some beautiful idea’s about the nature of God shown (it’s all about relationships), there are also a few fundamental ones about the nature of humanity I dislike. (Several times allusions are made that humanity as a whole is inherently broken. Which: NO.)
All in all, it’s a book that does not resemble my own thoughts, because I don’t believe in God and look at humanity from a different perspective, but it is a good book.
If you’re in any way interested in religion and the way people relate to God I would read this book. It’s well written and well paced, and can bring up all sorts of interesting discussions with other people about the subject. I don’t want to spoil the book here, so that’s why I’m not going into a lot of details.
One of the things I love about The Shack is the visual writing. The way the surroundings of the characters are described and the different versions of God that are shown. It is this that inspired me for the bookmark. The garden is lovely and wild and tended to by the lady I tried to depict.
I used a graphite pencil for a basic outline and colour pencils for the rest.
My English copy with the Dutch one from the library, called De Uitnodiging (The Invitation), and the bookmark.