Actor Sam Worthington Says “The Shack” Helped Him Understand His Relationship With God

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Sam Worthington stars as a father and husband whose tragic loss leads him closer to God in “The Shack,” March 2017.

“The Shack” hits theaters this weekend and actor Sam Worthington, the star of the film says he believes he was led to do “The Shack” to strengthen his own faith in God.

“The Shack” movie is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by William P. Young. Worthington admitted that he was not aware of the success of the fictional story until after he was brought the script, he then read the book.

“I came to religion very late, in my 20s and it was never something that was thrust on me as a young kid. It’s something that I discovered, and my choice,” Worthington told The Christian Post when asked why he wanted to be a part of the Christian drama.

Worthington said it was a friend who first gave him a Bible back when he was an “angry” young man. He was instructed to read it for “guidance.”

“[Around that time] I was lucky enough to travel around the world and I ended up going to different churches. I would first notice the architecture but then I started to notice how we’re all so connected through faith,” the actor continued.

As the film’s synopsis says “The Shack,” based on The New York Times best-selling novel is the cinematic journey that will take viewers on a “father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to go to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.”

“I’m still on this journey of discovery [myself] and I think part of my journey was getting involved with ‘The Shack,'” Worthington maintained. “I could see myself in Mack, the arguments he had towards God, towards what happen to him and how frustrated and angry [he was]. In my 20s and my 30s that’s exactly the type of person that I was. I was looking for something and I didn’t even know where to begin.”

The United Kingdom native revealed that he has had his fair share of hurt in life and pain but that led him to search for some “sense of answers.”

“The journey that Mack goes through in the book and in the movie, that’s something that I could associate with and by doing the movie, it actually put me on the other side,” Worthington confessed. “Now I’m starting to understand my relationship with God and how strong faith can be amongst people.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Jeannie Law

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