17 - The Shack
somewhat controversial, yet highly inspirational story, The Shack was written by Canadian hotel night clerk William P.
Young. Unable to find a publisher, he self-published the novel, which sold
spectacularly although it had no marketing or advertising. Purely on
word-of-mouth, it catapulted to the top of the USA Today bestseller list, then the New York Times bestsellers list – seemingly impossible for a book
without any backing. The story deals with a bereaved father who sinks deep into
depression after he is powerless to prevent the brutal death of his youngest
daughter. In the lean-to shack where she was killed, he meets three mystical
manifestations of the Trinity. God the Father takes the form of an African
American woman named Elouisa, Jesus Christ is a Middle Eastern carpenter and
the Holy Spirit physically manifests itself as an Asian woman named Sarayu. In
their presence, the shack is transformed into a wonderful place – in the same
way that our fallen world is changed only through the power of the Almighty.
~ Rob Kerby
Purchase "The Shack" here.