Did You Read The Shack?
June 17, 2013
I know there was a lot of controversy with W. Paul Young's first book, The Shack. Many people read this book as nonfiction or as a true depiction of God. However, it was not meant to be read as nonfiction. The Shack is fictional or made up. So, let's get past that, or you won't be interested in reading his first or second book. I really enjoyed and was touched by The Shack, so I was surprised when I found another book by W. Paul Young on the "New Book" shelf recently.
Cross Roads was a bit slower starting out, I thought, than The Shack. The man in this story, Anthony "Tony" Spencer, has been quite a so-and-so in his life, and I did not like him. As an adult, his goal in life is to succeed at all cost and to get revenge when he deems it necessary. This has made him into a rich business man but without friends or family in his life. Actually, I almost put this book down! Then, on about page 45, the book changes, Tony goes into a coma, and becomes more similar to the format of The Shack. He begins to talk to "Jack" (you won't find out who it is unless you figure out the clues, until the notes at the end of the book.) Tony also talks to parts of the Trinity. He is in and out of a house in a garden setting, which is similar again to The Shack, too. But this time, the Father and Holy Spirit are in different forms. I won't give that away! No spoiler alert here.
In the Cross Roads, Jesus gives Tony the ability to heal one person through Him/Jesus. Tony gets to pick who it is...quite a daunting task. You wonder all along who it will be. Will he be selfish and heal himself? Will he heal someone else? I even wondered if could it be a mental or emotional healing vs. the physical. The Cross Roads takes some interesting twists and turns. REMEMBER, this is a fictional book. You are reading it for fun. But it touched me: It made me remember how much I am loved by God and that He is always with me.
By the way, The Shack is being made into a movie by Summit Entertainment. No release date is listed online yet, but keep an eye out for it.