Okay so, WOW. I really really loved this book. I’m not a very religious person but this touched my heart for sure.
Here’s a recap on the plot:
Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.
So I was crying four chapters in. It is incredibly sad and as a parent I couldn’t not get emotional. I have never lost a child, thank goodness, but there were a lot of things in this book that I needed to hear. I think a lot of people could benefit from reading this book, even if you aren’t religious. There are just a lot of good messages and things that could change your perspective. I hope that some of you will read this one because it changed a lot of things for me. I plan to read it again many more times to really let those things sink in, it literally made me feel lighter.
For those of you who are religious there is a big emphasis on the trinity and how they play each part. There is a big focus on having a relationship with God and building a relationship with your fellow man (and woman). As someone who has grown up in the church it was a breath of fresh air to read instead of the judging and angry God I grew up with.
I plan on watching the movie to, I want to see if they’re able to bring to life the beautiful scenes described in the book.
I highly highly highly recommend this one for everyone, especially if you’ve been struggling with stress, anxiety or just feeling lost. There is something for everyone in this book.
No matter what God’s power may be, the first aspect of God is never that of the absolute Master, the Almighty. It is that of the God who puts himself on our human level and limits himself. –Jacques Ellul, Anarchy and Christianity
“Mackenzie, I never left him, and I have never left you.”
“…when all you can see is your pain, perhaps then you lose sight of me?”
“Consider our little friend here,” she began, “Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around.” She paused to let Mack think about her statement. “You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around.”
“You don’t play a game or color a picture with a child to show your superiority. Rather you choose to limit yourself so as to facilitate and honor that relationship.”
“Rights are where survivors go, so that they won’t have to work out relationships.”
“To force my will on you, ” Jesus replied, “is exactly what love does not do.”
“I will travel any road to find you.”
“Just because you believe something firmly doesn’t make it true. Be willing to reexamine what you believe.”
“Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse.”
“Religion must use law to empower itself and control the people needed in order to survive.”
“Responsibilities and expectations are the basis of guilt and shame and judgement, and they provide the essential framework that promotes performance as the basis for identity and value.”
“Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears.”
What did you think of the book?