2 books that are making us think

We want this blog to be a place where we let you know what’s going on in the Wayfarer community, and so we wanted to talk a little about two books that have gone like wildfire through our community over the past two months. 

Chad Norris first discovered The Shack, and he was soon telling all of us to read it. And since he’s pretty persuasive, many of us have now experienced this thought-provoking and, even more, emotion-provoking novel. The subtitle, where tragedy confronts eternity, only hints at the feelings this book evokes. Those of us who have read it have experienced God, the Trinity, the way He thinks about us, and the way He views tragedy in a uniquely powerful way through this allegorical story. And while the fictional story opens the door to a little theological leeway, it has challenged each of us to think about God more seriously and more authentically – and that’s a good thing.


Our staff also went through the process recently of defining our life win. We tried, in one page, to talk about what a win would look like in our lives. We got this idea from John Ortberg’s When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box. This book takes a simple metaphor of a game and plays it out to the way we approach life with God. If you’ve read some of John’s other books – like The Life You’ve Always Wanted and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, you know that his approach is simple and humorous yet profound and life-changing. (By the way, if you haven’t read his books, we recommend them too.)

 P.S. – If you want to get a taste of more of When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box, we’ve pulled a couple of thoughts for the Engage Graffiti Wall. That site also has more thoughts and resources from books we’ve read, along with some other thoughts from Engage. Check it out when you have a minute.




Filed under books, Robert Neely

3 responses to “2 books that are making us think

  1. Nan McGregor

    I am in the middle of reading The Shack and I find that my eyes are constantly stinging because of the tears that are there. I am glad see that you guys have read it – because you have always brought out different aspects of God in your talks (or different ways of thinking about Him)- which I think this book does as well. One that always sticks out in my mind is the series you did on God as the rule breaker! I learned so much from it. Thanks for your teaching.

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