In this months Spirituality Cafe we are looking at … a book – The Shack – a New York Times bestseller – the story of a man lifted from the depths of despair through his life-altering encounter with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
If nothing else it is interesting and very thought provoking.
Listen to it (all 8 and a 1/2 hours) for free on YouTube read by the author.
Here’s some information from Amazon about the book:
Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, still trapped in his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack.
Against his better judgement he arrives at the shack on a wintery afternoon and faces up to his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question, ‘Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?’ The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!
JOINT EVENT WITH … THE PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE NORTH EAST meetup group
Here’s some reviews:
Review’Brilliant! One of the most faith-enhancing books I have ever read’ (Bear Grylls)
‘Clearly the book is speaking loud and clear to a lot of people’ (The Independent)
Bunyanesque … bold, imaginative, humane and funny. (Church Times)
This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan‘s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his. It’s that good! (Eugene Peterson)
‘This is the most heart-warming, inspirational story I have read in decades. If you only read one book in the next year….read THE SHACK’ (J.John)
‘By far the most captivating, deliciously written and theologically refreshing page turner of a novel I have ever read.’ (Gerald Coates, Pioneer)
‘Dangerous, dangerous way to do off-the-hook theology, I love it! It’s not just what happens when a theologian becomes storyteller: this is what happens when a survivor who has experienced God decides to tell a story. This should be required reading in spirituality/theodicy classes everywhere. The Shack will quickly become a modern classic, and it will inspire imitators. But very few will match the competence of this work.’ (Siku)
THE SHACK is the most absorbing work of fiction I’ve read in many years. My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith along the way. THE SHACK will leave you craving for the presence of God. (Michael W. Smith, Recording Artist)
This story reads like a prayer – like the best kind of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it. (Mike Morrell, Zoecarnate.com)
Reading THE SHACK during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul. (Wynonna Judd, Recording Artist)
PDCNE Meeting cost £5
Please pre book either on our website PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CIRCLE NORTH EAST or on EVENTBRITE (link on side panel).
This meeting is held 22 March 2014 at Wallsend Memorial Hall and People Centre 10am to 12 noon.
Refreshments are provided.
Time Management Tips to Complete your Goals
Reaching a goal is easy to say, and in real life can be harder to do. That’s why staying motivated during the times that you just don’t feel like it, or when you don’t even want to try is so important. There are keys as to why you might not feel you’re at full potential. It could be you – a not very self confident you.
If you think you can just fake it and you’ll be successful, then think again. It won’t work. So what can you do?
Start by looking your self confidence issue square in the face and then change it! No one else can, and to be honest no one else cares as much as you should. Write down why you feel the way you do and make a list of the areas you would like to improve or change totally about yourself. Be honest and know what is really important to improve on, and what can be changed. Develop a plan for your spiritual life too. If you don’t have grounding in a spiritual or religious life, take the time to find one. It will change how you handle life, and any curve balls it throws at you. You only have one life to live, so live it to your fullest, and to the best of your capabilities. Without addressing your self confidence issue – no time management skills matter, but don’t be to hard on yourself change takes time, but begin today changing your future.
Here are 5 tips that you can use to stay motivated, and to achieve whatever goals that you’ve set out for yourself in your life.
Make a plan to stay motivated. Write it down. Look at the different ways that keep you motivated and write those down too. There are endless possibilities for motivation that you can use, and there will be new ones that you might discover along the way. Take some time to read some books from inspirational power leaders such as Tony Robbins, or use spirituality to inspire you and give you hope.
Take the time to write down every morning, or even the night before, short term lists for goals that you want to achieve that day or the next. By focusing on a few short term goals your long term ones will become closer and well defined. Take your long term goals and shorten them into easier to accomplish steps.
Walk from room to room and post some brightly colored post-it notes listing all of the positive things that will happen in your life by achieving your goals. Taking a look at the goals you will accomplish will inspire you to reach for the goal and not to give up.
Use time wisely by taking care of your body. Regular exercise and a healthy diet in conjunction with a steady sleep routine will keep you alert and focused on the goals ahead.
Reward yourself when you reach a milestone toward your goal. Do this by taking some time for you, in other words take the time to smell the roses. Soak a little longer in the tub, buy a new outfit, and take a day off to spend with a loved one, or just nap the afternoon away. Do whatever it takes to make you feel good about what reaching out for your goal.
As you go along with your plans always recognize that when the bad days hit, there will always be a tomorrow. However, if you notice that you just can’t get out of the unmotivated mood you’re in, then it could be signs of a physical problem that could be causing you experience depression. Imbalances in the body can really play havoc on your goals, and delay the time for you reaching your goals.
By reaching for the stars and succeeding you’ll find things out about yourself that you never knew. The most important thing to remember is that you should never quit, even when the chips are down. Why? Because you understood and put into practice your own version of the 5 time management tips and beat the odds! The best thing is if you did it once you can do it all over again.