For those of you who aren't familiar with The Shack, it is a story about a man named Mack. He has experienced great pain in his life. One day he receives a mysterious note in the mail that could possibly be from God.
Try as he might, Mack could not escape the desperate possibility that the note just might be from God after all, even if the thought of God passing notes did not fit well with his theological training. In seminary he had been taught that God had completely stopped any overt communication with moderns, preferring to have them only listen to and follow sacred Scripture, properly interpreted, of course. God's voice had been reduced to paper, and even that paper had to be moderated and deciphered by the proper authorities and intellects. It seemed that direct communication with God was something exclusively for the ancients and uncivilized, while educated Westerners' access God to was mediated and controlled by the intelligentsia. Nobody wanted God in a box, just a book. Especially an expensive one bound in a leather with gilt edges, or was that guilt edges? (page 65-66)
There are times when you chose to believe something that would normally be considered absolutely irrational. It doesn't mean that it is actually irrational, but it surely is not rational. Perhaps there is suprarationality; reason beyond the normal definitions of fact or data-based logic, something that only makes sense if you can see a bigger picture of reality. Maybe that is where faith fits in." (page 67)