Journal # 1: Three Active Reading Strategies
Not everyone can say that they have had an active conversation with God. This quarter, I have been reading WM. Paul Young’s novel, The Shack, and I am on page 85. Mack Phillips can say that he has had a talk with God or, “Papa,” like what the Phillips family refers to him as. The conversation might not have been as cheery as you might have hoped. Mack Phillip’s 5-year-old daughter was kidnapped and presumably murdered during a family camping trip. A few weeks after her disappearance, a bloodstained dress belonging to his daughter had been found in an abandoned shack in the wilderness in the middle of nowhere. Four years go by until Mack receives a note signed by God himself that invited Mack back …show more content…
I think that The Shack perfectly describes the ideal image of God. WM. Paul Young seems as if he himself has spoken with God. He shows this in the way he describes God and his personality. I give this book five-star rating just because of the author’s depiction of the Holy Trinity. I, personally, would never have pictured the Holy Spirit in this manner. “But strangely, he still had a difficult focusing on her; she seemed almost to shimmer in the light, and her hair blew in all directions even though there was hardly a breeze.” (Page 86 WM. Paul Young) During Mack’s conversation with the three separate parts of the Holy Trinity, he learns how to forgive and relieve himself of his anger towards himself, his daughter’s killer, and God. Jesus teaches Mack how to forgive like he did while he was being crucified. Jesus forgave the Romans for his execution. I think that the author offered a good connection between Jesus and …show more content…
The amount of detail that the author goes into in order to perfectly describe a scene is amazing. A good example of the descriptive terms used by WM. Paul Young is when Mack is first returning to the forest. “ The trail was treacherous, the rocks icy and slippery. Every step took concentration as he descended into the thickening forest. It was eerily quiet.” (Page 78 WM. Paul Young) In that passage, I picture Mack cautiously walking down into a valley with adroit foot placement. I see a very narrow path with loose rock and tree roots growing within the path like I have seen on my own hikes in the Montana wilderness. Also, there are snow covered tree branches and patches of snow and ice on the path every now and then. Another spot in the book is when he starts to leave the shack before everything changes. “The snowbanks had vanished, and summer wildflowers began to color the borders of the trail and the forest as far as he could see. Robins and finches darted after one another among the trees.” (Page 82 WM. Paul Young) The reader can even feel the warm air rush upon them immediately after reading this excerpt from the book. I think the author did a great job creating imagery within the different scenes.
In conclusion, The Shack is a book for which it is easy to visualize and question various portions of Mack’s journey to strengthen his faith and relationship with God. I look forward to finishing
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