I just saw the movie The Shack and it has really impacted me… I’m really going to try not to have any spoilers. I’m not going to argue with you about how I feel about this movie so please don’t try to argue with me. There are people I admire on Facebook that have already stated that The Shack is not biblically correct and that you shouldn’t go to see it and that it is not scripture , etc. I respect your feelings on that.
I read the book The Shack years ago. Now if you know me at all you know I read many books-sometimes as many as four in a week. And I will tell you right now – I read books for entertainment. I read them to learn as well but for me-well learning is entertaining! I’ll read them, know if I loved it or had certain feelings about the book but don’t ask me about the details. I read the Chronicles of Narnia over twenty times, all seven volumes but there is still a lot I can’t tell you except that I loved every minute. But there is something I do remember about the book The Shack-I hated it. I don’t know why right now but I do remember I was angry. I think it’s because it did not give me a resolution that I wanted.
I do remember as I was reading it I was wondering when something was going to happen that would make me like this book because at the time there was a lot of hoopla about it. Everybody was saying it was life-changing you should read it. So I kept reading. I kept waiting for something miraculous to happen and for me it didn’t. I do remember though that there were a couple sentences that blew my mind and stopped me in my tracks. I don’t remember what they were-I probably wrote them in my journal or something. I do remember thinking that even though I was angry about the book and I didn’t like a lot of it-those few sentences were worth everything
When I started to see the previews it was weird but that little bit of anger started kicking back up again…I hated that book -I can’t believe they made a movie out of it! But as I watched the previews I admit I was drawn to it and a couple people I trusted and cared about and are similar to me in some ways had gone to see the movie and they liked it. I decided to give it a chance.
So how did I feel about it? I loved this movie. I didn’t like it a lot, I didn’t think it was pretty decent, I LOVED this movie. And for those people that think I shouldn’t have even gone to see it because of my beliefs-I am a big moviegoer and I don’t go depending on what my belief system is. I go to be entertained or to learn something. I am a thinker-no matter what movie I go to, it is going to make me think and there will be a lesson.
Anything that is discussing my God and belief systems-I’m interested. I enjoy learning about how other people think and feel. I will tell you that I love this movie because it touched me in many ways. I’m a believer yet something in this movie touched me and really helped open up things that maybe were closed off. My God is an awesome God and I have total belief that there are going to be people that will go to this movie that are not believers that may be touched in some way.
Please don’t write me notes about how I shouldn’t have gone or how I’m being silly thinking that it could touch people. I don’t know everything, but some things I know for sure.
GOD can take any thing you think is “bad” and make it work for good if He chooses.
GOD reaches people in different ways-some of which others may not understand.
GOD appears to people differently because people are different.
GOD is much more powerful than any movie.
If you feel it is in conflict with your Christian beliefs to see The Shack-I hope you will reconsider. Certainly you know that with your strong faith, a movie is not going to compromise your beliefs. Ask God to give you insight on what you could learn from the movie. I loved the movie so much-I’ve decided to read the book again.
As humans we are in different places emotionally day by day. I may have totally different feelings about the book if I read it now.
I was so filled with emotion as I left the movie-I just had to get these words down. I sat in my car using dragon dictation until I got everything out that was running in my brain. None of it seems really profound-but…that’s ok. If you saw The Shack…I would LOVE to hear what you thought about it. I would love to get some discussion going.