I began following this story even before it was published and today I'm still so in awe of the way God is using it in touching people's lives. I still remember a phone conversation with Wayne right after he had received it in an email and him saying something like this to me. I have just received a manuscript of a story written by a guy for his children and I have never read a book that better brings to life how God crawls into our pain with us to heal us.
I can attest to that myself and for a year now I have been immersed in conversations with people that have their own stories to tell. This book helped me see and understand that we all have stories to tell and many of them are about dificulties in our lives created by dissapointments and wrong thinking and some of them are created by brutally painful experiences. It is in the telling of our stories that things begin to open up for us. Bringing things out of the shadows/darkness and into the light is the beginning of healing.
Here is a mention I made somewhere else the other day in regards to what I have seen happen this past year.
tears of joy and hope.
What I am so loving about what is happening in so many people's lives through reading this book is that this story seems to be giving people the permission/courage to tell their painful stories. Humanity has carried around and is carrying around so much damage and pain that remains bottled up and the results are deeper damage and pain. God the Father has been loving us all along and yet religion has failed in so many way by not allowing us to see this which then keeps us from accepting it as the reality it is. The world operates through forced conformity to rules, all one has to do is look around. It's a tough environment on people and too often our family structures reflect this same tough environment. People grow up attaching their worthiness and acceptance to how well they perform because that is what they have been taught by their experiences in this broken world and often the families it shapes.
Our home in Father, Son and Spirit have nothing to do with this that we see in the surrounding broken world and it's religions and what they demand out of us.
We are loved and we are accepted and that is secure.
On Sunday June 1 The Shack will be #1 on The New York Times Best Seller List (check this out here) and all I can say is I am thrilled about the possibility of people stumbling into God the father and Jesus the son and the Spirit that is moving throughout the world to make them selves known for who they really are. This is just a continuation of a conversation that is happening all around the world and has been going on for a long long time...Who is this God really? That sounds like a great conversation to be a part of and The Shack is allowing people to ask some very important questions. Remove the paralyzing fear that has been deposited into people's minds by religion and you just might be surprised by unimaginable hope springing up all around. The Good News really is Good News.