LISBON – Readers are invited to discuss the provocative best-seller, “The Shack,” by William P. Young, Thursday, Sept. 25, as the kick-off for St. Matthew’s Intersection Book Club.

“The Shack” is about the heart-wrenching spiritual journey of a middle-aged man named Mackenzie Allen Phillips, called Mack, a family man with five wonderful children. The book begins when tragedy strikes someone in Mack’s family, which comes to be called The Great Sadness. Mack is invited to a shack in the woods where he is confronted by God through three people. Through these interactions and another tragedy, Mack is able to embrace God, his family and life again.

A grass-roots movement catapulted “The Shack” from obscurity to its current top spot on The New York Times Paperback Trade Fiction list as of Sept. 8. Self-published by two pastors in California in 2007, the book was released with little publicity and depended heavily on word of mouth.

The Intersection Book Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at the church at 496 Lisbon St. Newcomers always welcome. For information on ordering books, call the parish office at 353-8453.

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