2017 New Year Resolution Update: March Read – The Shack
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As you all know by now, my 2017 New Years Resolution was to read one book per month for a year. I am three months in and going strong! On this post I am going to talk about my March read which was The Shack.
Why “The Shack”
I decided to read The Shack because I was behind on my New Years Resolution (oops) a little bit and wanted a “quick” read considering I only had a few weeks left in March when I started it.
Another reason I chose The Shack was to break away from the marriage genre from the first two months of my resolution. I wanted/needed something a little different.
After asking my friends for short book recommendations, one mentioned The Shack and they all had good things to say about it!
What “The Shack” Is About
The Shack is about a father, Mack, who loses his young daughter while on a camping trip with his children. For years he and his family naturally struggle with coping. Mack has difficulty understanding how God could let something so horrible happen. Years later Mack receives a note in the mail telling him to return to the place where he lost his daughter with the note signed from God. Not knowing if this is a sick joke from his daughters kidnapper or truly from God, Mack returns to the scene one weekend. What happens that weekend changes Mack’s complete outlook on life.
I don’t want to spoil the rest of the book but pretty much this book is the answer to the question of, “Where is God when terrible things happen in the world?”
My Thoughts on The Shack
I swear this book had me in tears the first few chapters. It gets real, fast. The book starts off as sort of a thriller but in the end it is about God.
I thought this was an excellent book that immediately had me thinking, this book is going to answer why there are so many terrible things happening in the world and how God is still good through it all.
I will admit that I don’t know much about religion or anything of the sort so I have had my “Mack moments” where I have blamed God and questioned his actions.
However, that is not the case anymore. Within the past couple of years I have believed in God more than ever and I am slowly but surely creating a deeper relationship with Him.
Anyway, this post isn’t really about my relationship with God . . . So, back to the book. If you have found yourself asking the question above or something similar, I highly recommend reading this book!
January and February Books Recap:
January Read: Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary D. Chapman
I finished this book in about two weeks I think. It is a super easy and relatable read. I highly recommend it to any newly engaged couples or even newlyweds! This book teaches couples things they need to know for a lasting and strong marriage. Most couples believe that because they are “in-love,” they can get through anything and they will live happily ever after. While that is the goal, you do want to live happily ever after, you also have to put in a lot of work in order to achieve that goal. Gary’s, “Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married,” teaches couples about “what the foundation for a successful marriage is, how to solve arguments without arguing, how to talk through issues like money, sex, chores and more.”
Gary Chapman is also the author of The Five Love Languages, which is another book I highly recommend by him! The Five Love Languages teaches you how every person has their own love language out of the five: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. Basically, the “in-love” stage that couples go through does not last, but in order to still feel loved by your partner, you must speak their love language to them. It helps you find out what your primary love language is as well as your partners. Definitely check this book out if you’re in a relationship – there is even a military edition I plan on reading! (Also a kids and teenagers edition for my mom friends + singles editions for my single friends)
February Read: Loveology by Zondervan
Loveology is another book about marriage; I honestly can’t tell you what I took away from this book so I guess that should tell you something . . . This book started off good but then just dragged out on the end for me.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible. It’s something I may read again but probably won’t finish. I really enjoyed the first half of the book but I just got bored towards the end.
My April Book
I already have my April book started but I am thinking I want to save that for my March Recap post . . .
And there you have it, my thoughts on The Shack and a recap of the books I have read so far for my 2017 new years resolution.
What books do you recommend I read for my new year resolution? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Let met know by commenting below!