“The Shack” Summary, Chapters 10-11

by Susan Bowman

This chapter is a free excerpt from Quicklet on The Shack.

Chapter 10 - Wade in the Water

Mack’s walk with Jesus quickly becomes a test to see if Mack trusts Jesus.Heading off down the dock, Jesus walks past all the boats, not stopping until he reaches the end. Mack is thinking that it’s awfully cold for a swim and a long way to the other side of the lake, but he’s game if Jesus is. Then he realizes that Jesus isn’t planning on swimming. He really wants to walk with Mack - across the lake.

Mack is reminded of Peter and his experience on the Sea of Galilee. He knew that Peter was able to walk on the water with Jesus as long as he kept his eyes on him and did not look at the waves below. Mack is not sure exactly how one launches off a dock for a “walk on the water,” but he is willing to try. He’s not surprised to find that, while his shoes and socks are wet, he is indeed able to walk on the surface of the lake. Chuckling, Jesus joins him, with his dry shoes and socks in his hand and says, “We usually take off our shoes and socks when we cross the lake.”


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Chapter 10 - Wade in the Water

Mack’s walk with Jesus quickly becomes a test to see if Mack trusts Jesus.Heading off down the dock, Jesus walks past all the boats, not stopping until he reaches the end. Mack is thinking that it’s awfully cold for a swim and a long way to the other side of the lake, but he’s game if Jesus is. Then he realizes that Jesus isn’t planning on swimming. He really wants to walk with Mack - across the lake.

Mack is reminded of Peter and his experience on the Sea of Galilee. He knew that Peter was able to walk on the water with Jesus as long as he kept his eyes on him and did not look at the waves below. Mack is not sure exactly how one launches off a dock for a “walk on the water,” but he is willing to try. He’s not surprised to find that, while his shoes and socks are wet, he is indeed able to walk on the surface of the lake. Chuckling, Jesus joins him, with his dry shoes and socks in his hand and says, “We usually take off our shoes and socks when we cross the lake.”

Mack finds himself relaxing in the presence of Jesus and is so taken with their conversation about why God made a man before he made a female, that he says to Jesus that he wishes Nan was here with him. With a gentle reminder that Mack had made the decision to not tell her about the note, Jesus walks with Mack back across the lake and then points to a path that leads into the woods. “Go,” he says to Mack, “someone is waiting for you.”

Chapter 11 - Here Come Da Judge

Mack’s next encounter proves to be the most upsetting as he not only faces his own guilt but also learns a painful lesson about his tendency to be the judge of everyone, even himself. Led by a circle of light, Mack takes a bizarre journey through a large rock and across a deep cavern until he finally bumps into a chair and knows that it is for him so he sits. When the light continues to move, he is confused, but it quickly arrives at its final destination - a desk.

Behind the desk sits a stunningly beautiful creature who introduces herself as Sophia. Mack begins the most agonizing interview of his life. She tells Mack that he is in that chair for judgment and Mack is suddenly terrified. His guilt for everything he has ever done is overwhelming but this feeling pales against the horror he experiences when Sophia informs him that he is not there to be judged but to be the judge. When he finds out who it is that he is being asked to judge, the “Great Sadness” he has been experiencing seems like a tiny cloud high in the sky.

Sophia leads Mack, at times even forces him, on another journey - this one much more frightening than walking across a cavern. This journey brings him face to face with his own judgment of everyone around him as he is asked and then commanded to judge God for Missy’s death. Horrified, Mack refuses repeatedly until he comes to the stunning realization that God feels the same way about judging as he does. He learns that judgment is not about destruction - it is about setting things right and he is now eager to get that done.

Then in a moving encounter with Missy, across the gap between life and death, Mack is finally able to confront his anger and his rage at her death. Da Judge is banished to his chambers and Mack is on his way to wholeness.

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