My wife and I had the opportunity to see a prescreening of the new movie The Shack that opens in box offices everywhere Friday, March 3, 2017.
This is the most powerful and impactful movie I have ever seen!
Based on the The New York Times best-selling novel by William Paul Young, The Shack takes you on an uplifting spiritual journey of a young father’s redemption from the pain and torment of a family tragedy.
The story starts with Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spiraling into depression and questioning his belief in God. He receives a mysterious letter inviting him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.
Mack journeys to the shack and encounters a surprising trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer) who is God the Father. Through this encounter, Mack finds important truths that will transform his life forever.
Though some have said that this is a controversial movie based on heresy, I have to strongly disagree. It does portray God as an African-American woman and later as a Native American man, and it is full of powerful moments of revelation for those who watch it.
The reason God appeared to the main character in the book and movie as a woman is because he had been abused by his father and needed healing. Later in the film, once his Father-heart wounds were healed, God changes into a man. This is part of the controversy for some Christians, but it really is powerful. The movie is not meant to be theologically based, but is more of a parable of redemption.
I cried along with many people in the theater and at points I saw myself in the story. Then the light of God’s heart for those who have suffered emerges.
The characters and storyline are portrayed in such a way that people without a religious background can have an encounter with God.
This is a movie done by top Hollywood producers and actors and it is not a low-budget Christian film. I want to encourage you to go see this movie and take your friends. You will not be disappointed!
Check out the The Shack movie website and trailer here: www.theshack.movie
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Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His powerful, positively funny teaching style and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where he is impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.