“The Shack” is one of those books that combines an interesting story with magic that touches the heart and soul. It is the story of a father who must face the tragedy of having his youngest daughter abducted by a serial killer. He lives with the memory of the loss for several years and refers to it as “The Great Sadness.” The event not only affects him, but also other family members and friends.

The father receives a mysterious letter asking him to go to the location where his daughter was presumed murdered.

The letter and the events that unfold create a dramatic book that will enlighten you and make you feel at peace with the world. However, this is not a murder mystery. It is a story of spiritual discovery, of warmth, love and forgiveness. If you have ever felt anger, resentment or desire for revenge, then this is a must-read book. Likewise, if you have spiritual doubts or ambivalence, this book is also for you.

“The Shack” is well written and full of descriptive detail about nature’s beauty. It is also full of spiritual advise and philosophical musings. Here is a quote from the book in which an important character in the narrative is explaining the problem with rules to the bereaved father: “It grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living to a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in its more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainty out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse.”

Obviously, I recommend this great book. I am sure that once you read it, you will buy a second copy to pass along to a friend.

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