Awhile back I started reading the book, The Shack. And, like many other books I tend to pick up, I put it down and never finished reading it. I hate to use this as an excuse, but, life gets busy. Having a good idea of what the book was about, I knew the movie was a, “must-see” for me. Why? Well, I guess you can say that I often question faith and religion when bad things happen in life. In fact, I think a lot of people tend to do the same. Some people may be afraid to admit this, but honestly, I think it’s more common than most people would want to believe.
After seeing Octavia Spencer interviewed on Live With Kelly and watching the trailer, there was no doubt that this movie would not only be intense and almost exhausting to watch, but it would also be, thought-provoking. Then, while doing a little research and coming across this article by Paul Young, the author of the book, it made complete sense to why this movie brought on so much emotion for me. In fact, it’s almost crazy and ironic in a way. I’ll let you read the article for yourself to see why he wrote the book. All I will tell you is this: I can completely relate to his reason, but I’m relating from the opposite angle. Peak your curiosity?
Instead of going in to long detail about movie, The Shack, I thought a list of what I learned while watching the movie, would be more helpful. So, here you go. And, if you choose to go and see The Shack, I suggest bringing tissues and an open mind. I would also suggest being prepared for an exhausting night, because this movie is intense!
The Shack: 10 Lessons Learned
- God is always good.
- Because of free-will, there will always be evil in the world, too. God is NOT the root of evil.
- It is not our job to judge or “get even” with anyone.
- Forgiving doesn’t mean you forget or have to accept someone’s actions.
- Forgiving releases any burden you carry.
- For every action, there is a consequence – good or bad.
- Getting even is not our responsibility.
- Learning to let go of anger heals the soul.
- Having faith will give you the strength you need for the future.
- Everyone has a story that may lead to their actions. It’s not an excuse. But, it can bring understand.