The shack

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John Kuchac
The Shack
Christian Tradition God is present through thick and thin

In the book The Shack the main character Mackenzie Philips went camping with his young children four years before the story began and a horrible tragedy happen. Missy the young daughter was kidnapped on their family camping trip. This happened when Mack was saving his son from drowning in the lake he came back and she was no were to be found. The police later found evidence that proved she was brutally murdered by the serial killer known as the Lady Bug killer who prays on young girls. Like any father would Mack was very depressed and sad for many years after that he lived a lonely life under a cloud of sadness and hatred. He eventually lost faith in God and didn’t understand why such a horrible tragedy could happen to an innocent young girl. After a cold brisk morning Mack wakes up goes outside and opens up his mail box to find a letter written from papa that said he will be at the cabin. The cabin were his daughter was murdered, he thought maybe a cruel joke or possibly and accident. Through surprise he meets God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and the lady of wisdom. The first is God whose name was actually Elousia and large mature African women, then the Jesus was a young middle aged middle eastern man, the Holy Spirit was Sarayu a small petite Asian women and Mack also meets Sophia the lady of wisdom in proverbs she is the personification of God’s wisdom. Mack learns that he meets with the Trinity to learn about his sadness and the over whelming pain of the murder of his little girl. Throughout the week Mack gets involved with intense discussions about forgiveness and the free will. His faith if taken apart and each part is fixed and carefully put back together and when he leaves the cabin he is a new forgiving man. After reading this story I was left with the question of where is God In a world of such pain and suffering. I believe God puts us through these issues to test

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