The Shack

In considering what to write about in this space today, I went back in time to June 2009 to see what was happening in my life and see what has changed since then (a lot!).

In June 2009, I picked up a copy of Wm. Paul Young’s, The Shack on a dear friend’s recommendation. I said about it then that it “challenged my thinking in many areas. It made me think about things in a way that I hadn’t before. It made me cry. It gave me a renewed sense of hope. It made me feel loved.”

Fast forward to now and The Shack is still influencing me. Another dear friend lent me a copy of the movie a year or so ago. At the time, I was ruminating on a profound personal spiritual encounter, but she had no way of knowing that when she gave me the DVD.

I remembered reading the book and knew it had touched me, but the details were fuzzy. I looked forward to watching the movie version and revisiting the story.

It blew me away.

The timing was perfect for me to see the movie (you know there are no coincidences, right?). I watched through the filter of my recent experiences (that I’m writing about in the new book) and it deepened the truth about Love that I had come to understand.

I’ve thought about that movie often since then and intended to buy a copy. I saw it on Netflix a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to watch it again and see if it was as I remembered. It was. Maybe better.

At the end of my 2009 post I encouraged readers to pick up a copy of the book. “It’s a quick read that could very well change your life.” In 2019, I offer the same suggestion about The Shack movie.

(The story behind the story of The Shack is interesting too. A few minutes of Googling will reveal more if you’re interested.)


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.

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