A few months ago my wife, Marti, and I visited my sister and brother-in-law in Colorado and they invited us to go see the movie, The Shack. I had read the book, so wasn’t that eager to see the film because I don’t really like sitting through a film and I was pretty sure the film would be a disappointment after reading the book. The book was superb and I was pretty sure that no film could compare with the images created in my imagination as I read the book. But, we went and I was moved to tears several time as I watched. I loved it!
Then they suggested we should watch the first episode of the author’s talks on TBN. Again, I wasn’t that keen but I respect their judgment so we watched “Restoring the Shack”, Episode one. It also impacted me much more than I thought it would. We both decided that we would ask our home Bible study group to watch it. They agreed and we are just finishing the last two of the 20 episodes. They have far exceeded my expectations!
Paul Young is a great story teller so he certainly holds the viewers’ attention. His talks also helped me pick up the many smaller points and symbolism in the book and film. I was surprised at how much thoughtful theology he had woven into the story. This series has been a very positive influence to draw us and some of our friends into greater love for God and has somehow been a source of greater grace to be like Jesus.
The Shack, the film, is widely available now and the book continues to be a best seller in many nations. We recommend reading the book, then watching the film, then start watching the TBN episodes with some friends. The TBN series has some advertising and fund-raising segments, but they are not too long so they are worth sitting through.
The following link will take you to “Restoring the Shack”. https://www.tbn.org/programs/restoring-shack