The Loudmouth Protestant

August 11, 2008

Lessons from ‘The Shack’

Filed under: books,God,life,love,Uncategorized — nickisym @ 10:20 pm
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I recently started reading “The Shack,” the New York Times bestseller that has been sweeping through the Christian and non-Christian community alike for the course of this summer. The story is about a man, Mack, whose daughter is abducted and allegedly killed, with the only evidence of her death being in a rundown shack. In the midst of Mack’s “Great Sadness” he receives a mysterious note which invites him to return to the shack and the events thereafter are destined to change his life for better or for worse–only time and pages will tell.

I have only gotten through one-quarter of the book but my heart is so completely full and my mind is so open off of Mack’s experience at the shack. Without giving anything away, for the next few days, I’d like to share the lessons I’ve learned from reading “The Shack.” So here goes:

Lesson #1: Make it Personal

In the book, Mack’s wife Nan calls God “Papa” because of the especially close relationship she has with him, and it got me to thinking…Whenever I pray to God, I always call him “Heavenly Father.” That he is, to be clear, but that isn’t intimate, that’s just what I heard in prayer one day and it stuck.

So now I am challenged to think, “What would I call God, if I could call him anything? Any endearing term.” This is so special to me because I don’t use pet names for anyone. I’m not a gushy girl–unless the right person comes along. But wouldn’t God automatically get my gush? Yes! So why not give the best part of my creative mind-share to God in order to create the most exclusive and intimate relationship with Him?

I know there are people that do have wonderful names for God that they use in prayer, but I am sure there is a large faction of us floating around calling God by the name we heard someone use during corporate prayer in church. But why not have our own name for Him and bring another level of intimacy into our relationship with Him? Scripture says that when we pray, we must go into our closets and do it in private not to the glory of men. So if we pray in secret, couldn’t we also also have a secret name for God that we can use that only He and you can understand?

This is not to be esoteric, because in large forums one would refer to God in a way that the larger body could understand, but for those moments of stillness and silence, God should be some much more than the rote name we give him based on what we heard.

More to come as I read through…



  1. this was a huge challenge to me as well. finished the book… it will challenge on many levels! i’ll be curious to see what you’ll take away!

    Comment by andrealoper — August 12, 2008 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  2. Andrea, there are definitely some interesting concepts in the book regarding the Trinity that I am dealing with right now. Please check back later, if you can, I hope to have another lesson up. Thanks for reading.

    Comment by loudmouthprotestant — August 12, 2008 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  3. […] Lesson #2 from “The Shack”: Real Relationship is Waiting Filed under: God, books, christianity, love, relationships — loudmouthprotestant @ 5:50 pm Tags: The Shack, William P. Young, lessons from “the shack” This is my continuation of “Lessons from ‘The Shack’ […]

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