About six weeks ago, Father Ron Rolheiser wrote a column in The Catholic Messenger in which he reviewed and recommended a book, “The Shack” (Windblown Media Los Angeles 2007), written by William Young. The novel invites its reader to meet God, not just in the abstract, but specifically.
I was intrigued by many of Fr. Rolheiser’s comments, such as, “This is an excellent book that presents a wonderfully positive and healthy theology of God. I heartily recommend it.”
I bought the book at my local bookstore, but never had time to open it as I was busy caring for my husband, Francis, whose health has been deteriorating. On Dec. 18, I had to move him to Parkview Care Center nursing home in Fairfield as I was no longer able to care for him at home. So to fill my quiet evenings I got out the book and began to read it. I finished it yesterday.
It was all that Fr. Rolheiser said it was, and more. He wrote, “The real task of evangelization today is very much that of trying to put healthy, life-giving images of God into the popular imagination.” The book succeeds in doing that. I heartily recommend it to anyone.