Sunday, January 29, 2012

...and unseen kindness

This week, a dream came true!
I hosted the first meeting of a book club that I've been dreaming about for a long time.

We shared thoughts about "The Shack" ~ a book I just finished again.
For the third time.

The first time I read this book, I was severing ties with a church group where 
I had worshiped for twenty-five years.
I was in pain.
I had contributed to the pains of others.
This book helped open my heart and allowed me to hope again.
For healing. 
And for renewed faith.
When I read it for the second time, shortly after, I mostly re-read the 
highlighted and underlined parts. 
(there were a lot of highlighted parts)
There is so much in these pages that challenges and encourages 
a new perspective on basic principles of the Christian story.
Doesn't "change" the story.
But calls me to a new perspective.

Two years passed.
And I read the book for the third time - another copy.
None of the old highlights or underlines.
And this time, the book touched me 
in places that had nothing to do with religion.
Childhood hurts, personal struggles, fears and tired places inside
were opened up and woken up.
As it turns out, I'm no longer as afraid of some of these 
darker corners of my soul as I once was.
My 'great sadnesses' are lifting.

The book leaves me hoping for a revolution ~

".....not a revolution that will overthrow anything, or if it does, it will do so in ways we could never contrive in advance. Instead it will be the quiet daily powers of dying and serving and loving and laughing, of simple tenderness and unseen kindness, because 
if anything matters, 
then everything matters."
William Paul Young



  1. Loved the book .. loved your "take" on the book and your 3 reads even more!

  2. so many good quotes in that book but one I go back to is this one:

    “You... were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around... Living unloved is like clipping a bird's wing and removing its ability to fly... A bird is not defined by being grounded but by his ability to fly. Remember this, humans are defined not by their limitations, but by the intentions I have for them; not by what they seem to be, but by everything it means to be created in my image. Love is NOT the limitation; love is the flying. I AM love. ”
    ― William P. Young, The Shack

  3. Your words...As it turns out, I'm no longer as afraid of some of these
    darker corners of my soul as I once was.
    My 'great sadnesses' are lifting.

    I see these words as great words on your continued journey. A revolution that will help and inspire you.

  4. why do you have only 38 followers? there is so much to be gained by reading your beautifully written words. you inspire me to search my be a better person!!

  5. Exciting news about the book group! And what a great book. I remember finishing this book while I was on a flight, and I was crying so hard, I'm sure other passengers thought something was really wrong with me. But, wow, certainly a good read and so many great quotes as well. :)


  6. Truly the sign of a good and poignant book that can touch you so many different ways each time you read it.


  7. Love this quote ^_^ I will have to rescue this book from the library tomorrow and give it a second read.

  8. Sounds like an incredibly powerful book. I'm curious to read it!

  9. I will HAVE to read this book.