Author: WM. Paul Young
Recently we have been speaking to Aleya Bamdad because she was helping out a friend while he was on tour. Aleya is from a New York based women’s interests site and we asked her to take some time out to tell us about her favourite book of all time.
“My favourite book is ‘The Shack’ by WM. Paul Young. A friend suggested that I read it and once I started I couldn’t put it down. I was literally sitting in the bathroom next to the baby’s room at three in the morning because I couldn’t to see what happens next.
This book is fiction, but it helped to answer some spiritual questions for me. I’ve always been one to question religion, God, why certain things happen to certain people and have never really accepted any of the answers that others have given me. ‘The Shack’ didn’t try to push religion on me at all.
In fact, it’s not about religion although most of the book includes God. What it did, was make me understand that I have to appreciate what I have and that I have no right to judge (something that I always prided myself on not doing, until I realized that I did it all the time).”
“It was also the first book ever that got me to feel emotional, excited, distraught and truly happy all at the same time. I cried, I laughed it was amazing.
The author’s daughter was kidnapped and murdered by a serial killer and he went through a time when he was questioning God. After some time, in the middle of a snowstorm he gets a letter from God asking for a meeting at the shack. Although the author feels that it may be a cruel joke, he feels compelled to go and so his learning experience begins. He gets to see his daughter again, makes peace with his own father and learns that there’s always a reason for everything.
I first read this book two years ago. I made the mistake of starting it while sitting in the corner of my daughters camp class. The teachers looked at me as if I was crazy and my daughter wanted to know why mommy was sad. You see, the book starts with the authors daughter being stolen.
Since then, I’ve recommended it to a lot of my friends who were skeptical at first, but also love it now and recommend it to their friends now.”
I devour books, vampires and supernatural creatures are my genre of choice but over the past couple of years, I have broadened my horizons considerably. In a nutshell – I love to write! I love interacting with a diverse range of artists to bring you interviews. Perhaps we were perfect before – I LOVE WORDS!