The Shack

The Shack

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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: 768

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 Brenda 19 Apr 2014 1

I am appalled at how my Lord, God and Holy Spirit are depicted through this book, and how so many "Christians" are lapping it up.
I truly believe this book is blasphemous, I don't know how anyone could see it differently.
It literally made me feel sick.

God is not there to serve us and make us feel good about ourselves.
He is the ALMIGHTY, king of kings, Lord of Lords, maker of the universe.
His glory is so great, that no one can even look upon him.
We are here to serve HIM!

We should not feel comfortable being a sinner, we should always strive to be righteous.

The bible warns us again and again and again about sin, and how God hates sin.

Yes, Jesus died for our sin, so that we may have eternal life, but there are conditions.
We need to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. We are not automatically saved, and cannot go on sinning, we have to turn from our wicked ways.

What a joke, and so sad that it's leading so many down the easy road.

This book is too "wishy wash" and light hearted about the Holy Trinity, and what it means to be a Christian.

The author is condescending towards God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

By Diane Karraz 16 Jun 2013 4

When I was given this book (The Shack) to read, I was cynical at first.
Once I finished reading it the first time, it didn't make sense to me.
When I read it the second time, I understood it better
I then read it the third time, this time it made me fall in love with the Lord and crave for His presence at all time.
So I bought two more books to give to other friends!!

By NIKKI 27 Apr 2012 5

This book moved me greatly, taking me from tears and anguish to a warmth filled to bursting. I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.
I would advise you read with an open mind about a God who is not constrained by our limited ability to understand all that He is and His amazing and unending love for us. We are made in His image male and female, He reaches out though He needs not, He forgives more than we would and the book is all about that, I very much believe it is inspired by His spirit.

By irene golodnik 23 Jan 2012 5

One of the best book i've ever read in my life. From the first few pages you will just plunge into reading and devour it.... I've read it in 4 days in between work hours and house duty, couldn't put it down. If you do belive in love, then YOU MUST READ IT TOO.

By Richard 31 Aug 2011 5

This author hit the point 100%. It protrays our loving God magnificantly, and especially the Trinity. Literalists would miss the point.

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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