The Shack by William P. Young. I read this on my summr vacation, there was a huge display in the bookstore just as I was picking out a stack for the trip. Anyway, looked interesting, from the dust-cover seemed to be some kind of Christian fiction (not my favorite genre, although it has its moments), and looked like a light, quick read for the plane (which it was). Anyway, it is a rather sentimental story for my usual taste, although I did end up enjoying it and feeling uplifted by its message of inclusion and love. I found myself kind of trying to hide the book cover and not letting other people know I was reading it. The story, not to let too much out of the bag, is about a man dealing with the horrifying abduction of his daughter, and a spiritual journey that follows in which he confronts his own prejucidces and issues with God, even though throughout he is at least in theory a practicing Christian. His experience of the Persons of the Trinity as the story develops challenge his, and presumably the reader's, concept of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I liked all the Persons portrayed, although all are rather unorthodox. The whole presentation of God and Christianity in the book reminded me strongly of the Emerging Christianity movement, a movement I personally find refreshing among today's evangelicals. Images of hellfire, judgement and exclusion are totally de-emphasized and replaced with transformation, love, and inclusion. The EC movement tends to be very gentle and soft in its approach to divisive issues like homosexuality. Anyway, it is a feel-good (haha! at first I typed feel-god!) story about our relationships with God and each other, and it also addresses the tough problem of theodicy, dealing with suffering while embracing (and being embraced by) an all-loving God.