I finally finished The Shack last night. So, for all of my friends who have been chomping at the bit to talk to me about it, it's safe now.
This book hit on a couple of subjects that I really needed to hear at this point in my life, namely my perception of God as a Father, and the issue of forgiveness.
Some quotes from Chapter 16:
Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person's throat.
In Jesus, I have forgiven all humans for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship.
But I do (love him), not for what he's become, but for the broken child that has been twisted by his pain.
Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established.