I’m reading the book “The Shack” and several statements in this book really stick out to me.
Not in so much about revealing the main points but I was aware of some comments made by others who were skeptical about God being a form of a woman in the book. When I first came to that part I was concerned as to where the author was going with his storyline.
This statement I read when Mack is talking with “Papa” stood out to me:
” I am neither male nor female, even though both genders are derived from my nature. If I choose to appear to you as a man or a woman, its because I love you. For me to appear to you as a woman and suggest that you call me Papa is simply to mix metaphors, to help you keep from falling so easily back into your religious conditioning.” The Shack, page 93.
Growing up I really had no problem understanding the relationship with God as my Heavenly Father. I have a great relationship with my own father which helps facilitate the spiritual relationship.
So when I read about Mack’s situation about his relationship with God is based on his lack of a relationship with his father, that part was hard to grasp.
The one relationship that I do have trouble in really understanding is the one of the Holy Spirit. Becoming pentacostal when I married (I was raised Catholic, and protestant), it was hard to grasp really who the Holy Spirit was in the begining. I’m learning on a day to day experience in understanding more of His personality.
The charactor of the Holy Spirit, Sarayu is interesting in this book. Mack sees her almost as flighty yet once he sees her “garden as a mess” it pleases her as its a representation of his soul and she is the gardener. Now this I can relate to!
I will post more as I continue on in the book. Its been a fun book to read and I’m grasping more thoughts as I go along.