Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Canadian author William P. Young, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers: a woman named Papa, one of the manifestations of God [Octavia Spencer], Jesus [Israeli actor Aviv Alush], and Sarayu, the Holy Ghost [Japanese actress Sumira]. Through this encounter, Mack explores important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
Whatever your reaction to The Shack (both the book and the film appear to have managed to inspire, irritate and infuriate readers and viewers) I’m sharing a few quotations that I believe to be worth pondering.
- “When all you see is pain, perhaps then you loose sight of me (love).” ― William Paul Young, The Shack, page 96
- “Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around … 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 … Living unloved is like clipping a bird’s wings and removing its ability to fly … Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly … and if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.” ― William Paul Young, The Shack, page 97
- “I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.” ― William Paul Young, The Shack, page 120
- Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat ― William Paul Young, The Shack, page 224
- Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak. ― William Paul Young, The Shack, page 228