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The Shack
by William Paul Young | Genre: Fiction
Release Date: May 2007
 

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!

Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
EAN/ISBN: 9780964729230
Publisher: Windblown Media

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Different.... | Posted March 16, 2009
First of all, I actually found the Shack to be depressing and boring. I couldn’t wait to finish reading it so I could end my agony! lol

There were things that I enjoyed in the Shack but mostly I found it all a bit odd. I wanted to read this book to see what all the hype was about and I am glad that I did :) I noticed that there were a couple of cuss words in this book and I wouldn’t recommend the Shack to young readers.

I do like allegorical books but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as some others… If you are looking for more books that have allegory in it then I would suggest you read Pilgrim’s Progress, The Kingdom Series, and Hinds’ Feet on High Places.

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Wow! | Posted July 01, 2014
All I can say is... if you want to know about the love of God and how amazing and unconditional it is, you MUST read this book. Just know, that the first 80 or so pages will be a tough read given the content, but after that I found that I could not put it down. Please read!!

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Important Book | Posted May 06, 2014
I'm always surprised that discussion of this book continues to surface.  I read the book many years ago for the first time.  The first time I read it I was unimpressed.  For some reason, a year or 2 later I picked it back up and was completely overtaken by the content.  Shortly after this second reading I had a chance to go hear William Paul Young.  As it turned out I was in a "meet and greet" with about 20 other people.  Talking to him was like talking to a dear uncle or friend.  He was so genuine.  He told the story of how The Shack came to be.  It was never meant to be a theological book of any kind.  From abuse he had suffered early in his life, he simply sat down and wrote a "story" to help him better deal with the pain of his past as he worked through the healing process.  This book was never meant to be published.  He had the first copies simply printed like a manuscript for family memeber with whom he wanted to share his journey.  From there, copies were shared with friends and extended family and the rest is history.  

Since hearing William Paul Young speak, I feel a bit protective of him. :)  He chuckles at the idea that he is criticized in theological circles and he says there is zero theology in this except what an individual might make of it.  The fact that people have been so critical of him seems silly.  For all of the grief he has gotten, I am very glad he has made money.  He is a man, just like any other simple man, working through issues from his past.  Good for him.


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GREAT BOOK! | Posted June 26, 2012
 "The Shack" is probably one of the best books I've ever read, and I read a lot! I found it to be very interesting and relateable. I can see how some people can read it and not enjoy it because it is rather grim, but then again, most of our lives are grim. Once I started to figure out how to relate this book to my life, I realized how much I have been doubting the power of God. 



I think that this is a great book for anyone who is wanting to learn more about how God works. And also how to improve their own relationship with God. 


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No... | Posted November 22, 2011
this book made me feel wrong, like the Holy Spirit was saying it was not true. I did not agree with their interpreitation of God. I stopped at part where the father meets God. As for the book its self, it was rather boring, the only reason I keep reading it was because I was curious to what had happend to the little girl.

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:) | Posted May 20, 2011
 Totally amazing and mind-blowing book. When i started reading it, then i couldn't stop and i read it until early morning hours just because book is so exciting. I recommend this book 2 ya all to read, because it's deep  and on the same time totally interesting. I just love it!

Blessings!

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The Shack | Posted November 05, 2010
I read this book almost a year ago. It really opened my eyes. I am going to be honest, sometimes it was a little boring, and it seems like the chapters are never going to end. I think you need to read it more than once to get a better understanding of it. Definitely worth reading.

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BREAKING NEW FRONTIERS | Posted September 13, 2010
Amazing read! I think this book needs rereading a few times due to the fact that it has so many truths interwoven into the story line. A very deep read - controversial but definitely God breathed. If you havent heard of this book...where have you been?!

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BREAKING NEW FRONTIERS | Posted September 13, 2010
Amazing read! I think this book needs rereading a few times due to the fact that it has so many truths interwoven into the story line. A very deep read - controversial but definitely God breathed. If you havent heard of this book...where have you been?!

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A Sham | Posted May 07, 2010
This book is an AWFUL, scary book. Anyone who says it is a Christian book is mistaken. I am afraid that many cannot see the evil that is in this book and reviewer comparisons to Pilgrim's Progress make me VERY disturbed.

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Thought-Provoking and Real | Posted July 02, 2009
There have been a number of books that have had the world talking. Books like ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, ‘The Purpose Driven Life and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ comes to mind. The Bible has already accomplished this for centuries. Another book that comes to mind is ‘The Shack’ by William P. Young. Many an enthusiastic (reading) audience has likened this book to the new generation’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ – a statement with which I must agree.

Though not as ‘fantasy’-based as Bunyan’s novel, (and with fantasy, I refer to completely imaginative from start to end) ‘The Shack’ remains spell bounding and gripping. The third person point of view (which tells Mack’s story) creates an atmosphere of sitting in on a conversation where Mack is speaking a foreign language and his friend is translating (with a few random, personal inserts here and there). Interesting, well- (and enthusiastically-) told as well as realistic enough in its inventive imaginativeness (a mouth full, but yes, this is all possible in one book).

The story takes us on a journey with Mark – a man with a painful past and an even more tormenting future – when he receives a note from God in his mailbox to meet him in the shack in which his daughter was murdered. In the weekend that follows, Mack discovers God (or rather, God reveals Himself to Mack), the Trinity and has the opportunity to discuss forgiveness, grace, love and other concepts that affect God’s children with God (the Father), Jesus and the Spirit.

Many people has noted this book to be sacrilegious and blasphemous in some instances, but, remembering that this is only Young’s interpretation of certain spiritual concepts to explain pain to his children and close friends, we, as readers, can draw some deep truths and lessons from the book, even if we only learn to have our beliefs challenged, but still remain standing firmly in the truths of God’s Word.

I do not agree with some of the statements made in ‘The Shack’, but it has taught me to measure all that I read according to God’s Word and create definite lines according to which I believe and to which I can return for reference when my beliefs are challenged. Being able to be flexible and open (but allowing this to cause growth in your spiritual walk and not teach you ungodly concepts) is and aspect of freedom of reading (in comparison to freedom of speech, or in this case, writing).

I enjoyed this book. It may, though, not appeal to the more conservative reader. If you decide to read this book, read it once as a story, then read it again to understand it completely and finally read it a third time in order to study, research and compare its statements to Biblical truths. It is relatively easy reading, continually compelling and heartfelt in its honesty to all the questions asked. All these aspects make this a brilliant book to read.

Happy reading!








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