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.
I have spent some time recently working on the 2014 calendar for the PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CIRCLE NORTH EAST and am pleased to say it is pretty much finalised.
We have 3 presenters presenting monthly workshops:
- Coaching Cafe – Aly, Newcastle Performance Coaching, weekly 1pm-3pm January – February then monthly
- Personal Development Cafe – Caroline Malloy – monthly on a Saturday 2pm – 4pm
- NLP Cafe in Gateshead – Jay Arnott – monthly on a Saturday 10am – 12 noon
- Law of Attraction Cafe – Caroline Cogdon – monthly on a Saturday 10am – 12 noon
- Teachings of Abraham – Aly, Newcastle Performance Coaching, monthly (evening)
- Spirituality Cafe – Aly, Newcastle Performance Coaching, monthly (evening)
I’m running a 7 week group coaching course starting in January and February, as well as a few one-off workshops (confidence, self-esteem, stress management etc) and will deliver the above if for any reason the usual presenter is unavailable.
For the exact dates and locations of meetings please check our website. http://www.meetup.com/Personal-Development-Circle-North-East
I do have some places left for ‘guest workshops’. If you are interested in presenting a workshop for the PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CIRCLE NORTH EAST please get in touch and with details of your website, the workshop and some information about yourself. Please note any guest presentations should not conflict with any of the other presenters above. Priority to presenting to the group is always given to PAID PDCNE members.
We have the Christmas stress-buster night on Saturday 7 December 2013 if you are interested in presenting to the Personal Development Circle North East then come along and deliver a 15 minute presentation. Coming along to this event is an ideal opportunity for you to meet me, the other members of the group and discuss future workshops.
Once I have finalised the PDCNE calendar for 2014 in mid December I will not be adding any new presentations/workshops until the summer except for our regular presenters and a couple of people I’m in the process of securing dates with.
In addition to the Personal Development Circle North East I also run 2 other meetup groups – PARENTS NORTH EAST and PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE NORTH EAST. The opportunity to present in workshops applies to ALL 3 groups I run.
Not everyone in the group is interested in presenting which is great, all members contribute to the group whether it’s at a social, by attending, supporting or help promoting events or getting involved in presenting.
In order to be successful the groups rely upon members being active so join us, take time to look around the websites and book into anything that appeals (someone has to be the first to RSVP!!) you can always change your mind nearer the time.