The Shack
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The Shack

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Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his "Great Sadness," Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!

* book description from the back cover

Title:The Shack
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0964729237
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:252 pages

    The Shack Reviews

  • Jay
    Sep 24, 2008

    I know, I know. Everyone loves this book. No fewer than forty-three people asked me "Have you read The Shack yet?" Invariably, they responded to my negative response with something along the lines of ...

  • Kim?
    Feb 21, 2008

    Having had such high hopes for this book, I was sadly disappointed about its content, being for the most part simply unbiblical. Yes, there were poignant scenes and emotional moments that moved me to ...

  • Renee
    Dec 01, 2008

    Pure drivel. This book read like a Betty Crocker recipe gone bad: take one all-American Jesus lovin’/fearing family, add one unexplainable tragedy, mix with equal parts anger , guilt and sadness , b...

  • Amanda J
    Sep 07, 2008

    I was recommended this book by several people who found it both moving and fresh. So Mr. Young certainly has an audience for this glib encounter between Mack, the “everyman,” and God. I, however,...

  • Christie
    Feb 03, 2008

    First off this will be lengthy so don’t feel you have to read it.This is a hard book to review because you pretty much have to separate it into two parts. The novel, and the theological.This man is ...

  • Eric Bjerke
    Jun 02, 2008

    It is hard to not get carried away and be too effusive about this book. When one has spent time with someone or something, it is natural to feel a close connection to that thing and, I think, lose obj...

  • Mike
    Feb 26, 2008

    Note: After several friends challenged me to read the book again (I assume they wanted me to upgrade The Shack to five stars), I indeed read it a second time. As a result, I downgraded it another star...

  • Natalie Vellacott
    Jun 23, 2015

    My updated comments on the book and movie are here; https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...I was given this book as a gift many years ago and read the first few chapters. I was annoyed by the profani...

  • C.J.
    Jan 24, 2009

    This book was recommended to me by a book group I attended to speak about my book A Demon Awaits. I had not read this book prior to writing mine, but I was very surprised to find that the premise of o...

  • Books Ring Mah Bell
    Jul 30, 2009

    7/30 don't even go there. I have to read this because I made a promise. silly me.7/31 - God, I am glad that's over.So, I thought long and hard about giving this book 2 stars. I really did. Here's why:...

About William Paul Young

William Paul Young

Wm. Paul Young is a Canadian author. Young was the oldest of four. He spend the majority of his first decade with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a tribal people. When he was six he was sent to a boarding school.The manuscript, that later became The Shack, was intended only for his six kids and for a handful of close friends. After mu