I decided to read "The Shack" by William P. Young, based on an intruiging article in Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/id/156370). What a blessing!
A Google search quickly reveals a variety of opinions on this book, from rave reviews to cries of heresy. While I do not agree w/ all the theology expressed in this book, much of the dialogue between God and Mack is insightful and moving.
Here are a few quotes that really hit home for me ...
"You don't need to have it all figured out. Just be with me." p.178
"For you to know or not, has nothing at all to do with whether I am actually here or not. I am always with you" p.195
"It is true that relationships are a whole lot messier than rules, but rules will never give you answers to the deep questions of the heart and they wil never love you." p.198
I'd put "The Shack" in the same category as "Joshua" (Joseph Girzone) and "The Martyr's Cry" (Ted Dekker). Each of these works of fiction powerfully expresses God's unfailing love and abundant grace.
Thank you Lord for inviting us into relationship w/ you. Help us to break through independence, rules, and ritual, to draw nearer to you, and hence learn to trust you.