november reads.

I mean, November Read*. So I only got one book read this month. But you know what? I don't care. Because this month was awesome and I'm not about to look back and say I regret not spending more time alone in my room, catching up on my reading. Because, I mean, really.

The Shack, by William P. Young

Have you read this book? You've probably at least heard of it if you've spent any time around religious/spiritual/church people. It's pretty well known in Christian circles. Mainly because the book is about this guy who spends a weekend in a shack with God. And by God, I mean the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It basically describes the presence of God and what it would be like to literally spend time with Him in an earthly way. Obviously, no one really knows what that would be like. But this guy, William P. Young, makes a bold attempt at it.

As you can imagine (or have heard), there's quite a bit of controversy over the details and depictions and whatever else. Some people love it, some people hate it. I haven't really done a ton of research on either side because, frankly, most of it would probably go over my head. And also, I don't really care. Personally, I loved it. I think anyone who doesn't take it too seriously would also love it. It's a piece of fiction, okay. Keep that in mind. If you're looking for more of the solid truth, then by all means, crack open the Bible.

My favorite thing about this book is probably what makes it so controversial. It's a unique perspective and it makes the whole thing seem a bit more tangible. It may not be entirely accurate (hence the part where it's fiction), but it made me think about God in a new way and that's something, isn't it? Maybe this William P. Young guy has it all wrong, but it is certainly an interesting to think about and consider.

Also, I feel like I should mention that I cried multiple times while reading this book and if you're somewhat of an emotional person like me, it might not be such an easy read. But I would recommend reading it, even if it's just for the sake of knowing what people are talking about when they talk about it. I'll be honest, that's probably 80% of why I read or watch most things anyway.