Friday, March 24, 2017

The Shack (the book/the movie)

The main character in The Shack is consumed by anger after losing his daughter to a serial killer. In this book a conversation with God is started. Author Paul Young takes the reader on a journey of forgiveness.

A large portion of this book is dialogue between the main character and God as “papa.” Dark hidden memories make us. The dialogue involves that secret place everyone keeps hidden where they bury their pain.

This book is complex and hard to relay into a simple description for someone who has not read it. It was recently made into a movie. Many book to movie transitions don’t turn out well. This isn’t one of them. If you’ve read the book, you want to see the movie. If you’ve seen the movie and want to explore this story more, then you must read the book.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Maimonides on Teshuvah: The Ways of Repentance

Maimonides on Teshuvah: The Ways of Repentance by Henry Abramson.

Maimonides was a Jewish writer from the 11th century. He codified principles of the Jewish faith that are still used today. Teshuvah deals with repentance. This is about Maimonides views and my first read from Henry Abramson.

I stumbled on this work by accident. In a nutshell this is exploring one angle of Jewish & Judaism's perspectives on repentance. I'm sure there's many other views on this inside these circles. In this there's a process to repentance and how restoration is performed to a victim, depending on the harm and hurt caused.

I won't go into this too much, as you need to read the book to grasp what the author is conveying. Another topic of note this book trails into is freewill and spirituality. How much free will do humans have versus how much influence does a God have. That might sound like a familiar topic, and struggle that's often debated in other circles.

The book closes with the love of God isn't fully in the human heart until one becomes obsessed with God. All your heart, and all your mind. It's part of the Shema from Deuteronomy 6:4-6.

At the end of the book the author asked if his scholarship was up to a readers expectations. Yes, it was. Above and beyond!