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I have never been so moved, so inspired, so captivated and so enthralled with every word, page after page as I have been in reading the book, The Shack, written so creatively by Wm. Paul Young.  The Shack is for every man and woman, without regard to age, race, religion, economic background or educational experience.  This amazing story takes you on a profound journey that will enlighten you to discover the very heart of God that will impact your life more than you can ever dream possible.  

For many months, I had seen the book The Shack at various bookstores and I had heard many individuals and friends of mine speak very positive about their impression of this book.  More than once, I had literally picked up The Shack to read the front and back cover of the book, only to have an initial disturbing emotion surface within me after reading that the book was about a little girl abducted during a family vacation.  The very thought of this innocent child being brutally murdered had me in horror and I could not bring myself to purchase this book.  

However, a few weeks ago, a good friend of mine said that she read this book and that I had to read it.  I knew that she would not lead me astray and that if she felt that I should read this book then obviously there was something special about this book.  While I was at a local bookstore with my mother, I decided to purchase The Shack to discover for myself what it is all about.  

Once I started reading The Shack, I was personally very disturbed by the actual abduction of this precious little girl named Missy.  Although I was deeply drawn into the nightmare that the father, mother and siblings experienced with agony during the early days when Missy disappeared, I could not put this book down.  I needed to know what happened to Missy.  As a parent, I could not fathom the hell and despair that a parent must endure when an innocent child turns up missing.  

Following the mysterious abduction, there is evidence that Missy may have been found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.  Four years later, Missy’s father, Mack, is struggling with depression and the loss of his youngest daughter when he receives a suspicious note, inviting him back to the shack for the weekend.  Mack wrestles with himself over who could have sent this note, but he apprehensively and fearfully begins his long journey to return to the shack on a wintry afternoon.  

It is during the weekend at the shack that Mack must confront his fears, nightmares, and lifelong heartaches to unravel before his very eyes to dramatically transform him to find hope and healing.  Without giving the rest of the brilliant story away, I urge you to read this book.  

It was during my reading The Shack, that for an unexplainable reason, I felt led to restore the broken relationship that I have with my father.  There was a remarkable similarity of what I was feeling towards my father with unforgiveness and anger, which the character, Mack, felt towards his own father and the abductor who kidnapped Missy.  This past weekend, after eight months of cutting off my relationship with my father, due to years of bitterness, anger and heartache, I felt an urgency to make amends with my him.

It was not until I finished reading the book, The Shack, that it became clear to me during the pages that I read with tear-filled eyes.  The words that loudly spoke to my heart, mind and soul said, “FORGIVENESS IS FOR YOU, THE FORGIVER, TO RELEASE YOU FROM SOMETHING THAT WILL EAT YOU ALIVE; THAT WILL DESTROY YOUR JOY AND YOUR ABILITY TO LOVE FULLY AND OPENLY.”  Suddenly, through the tears falling gently down my cheeks, I finally understood that by forgiving my own  birth father for never being the loving father that I longed for my entire life that I would be FREE from all sadness and pain once I moved forward to FORGIVENESS.  

I do not believe in accidents or coincidences.  I believe that there is a divine purpose to all good and evil that happen within this world.  As I completed the final pages within The Shack, it became apparent to me that my reading this book and feeling compelled to forgive my father was no coincidence at all.  This remarkable novel has touched my life as no other book has ever and it has been a reawakening towards hope, healing and love.

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