The Shack

The Shack

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) William P. Young

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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 20mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340979496
  • ISBN 13: 9780340979495
  • Sales rank: 715

Product description

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, still trapped in his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack. Against his better judgement he arrives at the shack on a wintery afternoon and faces up to 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!

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Author information

Wm Paul Young was born in Canada but raised among a technologically stone-aged tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, and now enjoys the 'wastefulness of grace' with his family in the US Pacific Northwest.

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By Sharon 04 Jul 2011 5

A book about God and relationships, but not the religious kind. All your questions answered with this touching novel...must read!!

By margaret mccarthy 09 Dec 2010 5

I wish everyone could read this book. This really lets you see the true nature of God, what a wonderful loving father. For all of you who want to let go of the past and embrace the future read this book and let it transform you. If you've ever struggled to understand the nature of God, this book is for you.

By Lyndel Hadley 08 Aug 2010 4

Many oppose this book, but if you give yourself time to understand it, it is really truthful. It breaks down the cliches and stereotypes of God. To be honest, I hate christian fiction, and I won't kid you, it's not the best written thing in the world. But it got me thinking and questioning and finding answers to problems and working life out. It is good, and it eventually makes sense. It isn't meant to be entertaining. It isn't meant to make you feel good. It's meant to make you ask, "why doesn't God help me?" and "why did God let this happen?" and understand what God's up to in this painful universe.

By Si 07 Jul 2010 5

This is what the world needs Right Now.

A totally inclusive look at religion through Lewis Carroll designed glasses.
It opens up the possibilities of forgiveness and healing through love as the only answer.

This is up there with Richard Bachs 'Illusions'.

This surely the kind of message any god or Jesus would have wanted us to take on board, if Mohamed read it I believe he would give it 5 review.

This should be a recommended read for those lost power hungry children who think war is the answer.

By Barbara Roberts 16 Jun 2010 5

I made myself read this book to the end, so I could have a true opinion, but honestly I wanted some morphine about half way through, to enable me to finish it. I'm a committed Christian and this book depicts such a sub-Biblical view of God that it made me want to vomit. I am appalled at how popular this book became, but to me that only shows how biblically illiterate many people, including many Christians, are. Apart from the flawed depiction of the three persons in the Godhead, it minimised sin, making it just a few bad choices and wrong attitudes you may have had (tut tut) and it entirely ignored the fact that God is angry about sin. Read your Bible, don't waste your time with the Shack.

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'Brilliant! One of the most faith-enhancing books I have ever read' Bear Grylls 'Clearly the book is speaking loud and clear to a lot of people' The Independent Bunyanesque ... bold, imaginative, humane and funny. Church Times This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good! Eugene Peterson 'This is the most heart-warming, inspirational story I have read in decades. If you only read one book in the next THE SHACK' J.John 'By far the most captivating, deliciously written and theologically refreshing page turner of a novel I have ever read.' Gerald Coates, Pioneer 'Dangerous, dangerous way to do off-the-hook theology, I love it! It's not just what happens when a theologian becomes storyteller: this is what happens when a survivor who has experienced God decides to tell a story. This should be required reading in spirituality/theodicy classes everywhere. The Shack will quickly become a modern classic, and it will inspire imitators. But very few will match the competence of this work.' Siku THE SHACK is the most absorbing work of fiction I've read in many years. My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith along the way. THE SHACK will leave you craving for the presence of God. Michael W. Smith, Recording Artist This story reads like a prayer - like the best kind of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it. Mike Morrell, Reading THE SHACK during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul. Wynonna Judd, Recording Artist