October 13, 2008

‘Shack’ Discussion Groups Offered

By Kim Nowacki

A couple of local churches are hosting discussion groups to review the Christian novel "The Shack."

Mostly through word-of-mouth praise, the small paperback book by Oregon author William P. Young has found itself on several best- seller roundups -- even topping the New York Times' paperback trade fiction list -- since it was independently published last year.

Set in Oregon, the 200-plus page book focuses on Mack, a loving but stoic husband and father who's been overtaken by "The Great Sadness" after the abduction of his youngest daughter, Missy.

Years pass, and Mack receives a letter inviting him back to the scene of the crime, a shack in the wilderness of Eastern Oregon. The letter is signed, "Papa," Mack's wife's name for God.

At the shack, he's greeted by The Father, who appears as a gregarious black woman; The Son, a Jewish, Middle-Eastern-looking workman; and The Holy Spirit, a luminous woman with Asian features.

Here, at this site of horrific tragedy, Mack gets to truly know God.

And here's where folks can gather to discuss "The Shack":

2 p.m. Oct. 11: Parker Heights Presbyterian Church, 5451 Konnowac Pass Road in Parker. Call 877-2582 or visit www.ParkerHeightsPres.org.

7 p.m. Oct. 14: Englewood Christian Church, 511 N. 44th Ave. Call 966-6550.

-- Kim Nowacki

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