Letters from Their Own Shack

I flew back home today from six wonderful days all over the southern part of Alberta. I met some wonderful people and some incredible conversations and have returned home to a pile of backlogged emails and a full schedule for tomorrow. Bummer. Many people continue to be deeply touched by The Shack.

The team that helped put this together gets some incredible email every day at what God is doing in people’s hearts as they work through this little book. Of course, this is his doing, not the book’s, but it is fun to see how he’s using it as a catalyst to help people see a bit more clearly and live more freely in him…

This one from a friend in the U.S.:

Oh Wayne! I just finished reading The Shack! I am so emotional right now, and am using you to release some of them.

I cried, I saw…it is SO amazing! That which is in this book CONFIRMED so many things, I had thought I was the only one to believe them! But now I know. I KNOW! What He has been showing me all along this season is truth, and I had been a bit wondering if I dared to believe! But here it is, where someone else put those same things in writing!!!

What a relief! What a release! Wayne, I am so greatful to have had this….experience with all Three Persons of our God while the reading of this book, for truly He was with me, speaking, prodding, encouraging, pumping in and thus out of me His Life and Love.

Oh, and forgiveness. That, too, has happened to me, and I can’t even remember some of what I went through, it was deep. I feel like I was Mack! So much has happened to me…I believe I went on a journey with Him while reading this.!

The confirmation of it all…. I don’t even know what else to say.

This one from a sister in Australia:

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for thinking outside the box, for not taking no for an answer, for bulldozing through the barriers of publishers so ordinary folk like us could read The Shack.

I have read it twice and as I pass it on to people I warn them it is like nothing they have ever read. Some people speak Spanish, some people speak English; Willie speaks the language of the soul, not unlike George McDonald!!!

What is it about it that brings so much healing and corrects the perspective of who my loving Father is? I have been thinking that it will make an impact in the life of our Father’s church around the world. Imagine all the people that are being freed and released from guilt. Imagine life changing choices being affected by love for Papa and not duty to a distant God. Windblown indeed!

Anything that helps people see God’s working in their own lives more clearly is a wonderful gift. I was with some people last night outside Edmonton and one woman talked about her reading of The Shack. She said that she had no idea that God could be such a God of grace and that it has sent her on a search to know God as he is and not how she has come to think of him only as a stern judge.

What a joy!

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  1. arlene September 19, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Wayne, if I can take in and process a tenth of what you talked with us about last night, I believe I’ll be able to approach God as one who really can know Him. THAT is what I pray…that I will know that I CAN know. Right now I have just realized that I don’t know. But that is a start, and I am very excited!

    I’ve always known the right words…”I don’t have a religion, I have a relationship”, said in a rather superior tone to those who would ask me if I were religious. I was really blind all along to what Father wanted.
    Tonight I continued on with my second reading of The Shack….Mack is at the “judgment”. Wow, that has been me. How can I have been so consumed by my own ideas of good and evil? How can I have been so blind as to not recognize that is what I was doing? And how has this little book broken through that ignorance so quickly?

    Thank you for your graciousness in letting us keep you up way too late when you had a plane to catch so early! The couples who were touched by your care, (including my Daniel, who wasn’t able to be there, but who listened to us at the dinner table tonight!) have a huge desire to walk into the complete freedom of our Fathers affection.

    On second thought, I don’t want to walk in it..I want to run!!

  2. arlene September 20, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Wayne, if I can take in and process a tenth of what you talked with us about last night, I believe I’ll be able to approach God as one who really can know Him. THAT is what I pray…that I will know that I CAN know. Right now I have just realized that I don’t know. But that is a start, and I am very excited!

    I’ve always known the right words…”I don’t have a religion, I have a relationship”, said in a rather superior tone to those who would ask me if I were religious. I was really blind all along to what Father wanted.
    Tonight I continued on with my second reading of The Shack….Mack is at the “judgment”. Wow, that has been me. How can I have been so consumed by my own ideas of good and evil? How can I have been so blind as to not recognize that is what I was doing? And how has this little book broken through that ignorance so quickly?

    Thank you for your graciousness in letting us keep you up way too late when you had a plane to catch so early! The couples who were touched by your care, (including my Daniel, who wasn’t able to be there, but who listened to us at the dinner table tonight!) have a huge desire to walk into the complete freedom of our Fathers affection.

    On second thought, I don’t want to walk in it..I want to run!!

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