The Shack

The Shack

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 hi Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she ...

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Title:The Shack
Author:William Paul Young
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:252 pages pages

The Shack Reviews

  • 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 , bake for three weeks and get a bitter man who has turned his back on God. Alias, no nee...
  • Donovan
    Jun 02, 2008
    When reading The Shack, be prepared some laughs and smiles, but mostly, be prepared for a well of tears. I'm a movie and book crier by nature. I'll admit that my wife and daughter give me the raised eyebrow and look at me strangely when I choke up while watching a sitcom and all I can ...
  • booklady
    Aug 11, 2008
    The Shack is a book you will thank yourself for reading. While it can be a bit didactic at times, it is not overtly so. It?s more a story of journey and relationship?discovering who you are through learning more about who God is to you. I?m no theologian, but I do like to imagine...
  • Bear
    Aug 17, 2008
    If you read one book in your life, read this one. I shall not delve into the story; let's just say this author thinks like I do. He also struggles with the same things I do; How to deal with people who have hurt others in the most heinous way. I really can't go into this too much; you ...
  • 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: 1. author states heaven is NOT gold/pearl streets. (yay!) 2. author states fo...
  • Debbi
    Dec 18, 2008
    I had to read this for book club and I did not like it. Bad theology wrapped up in a sappy soap opera type book. I don't disagree with the message that God loves us and wants a relationship with us, but this book is so full of pot-holes and misinterpretations that renders it useles...
  • Elyse
    Sep 08, 2015
    1.5 rating! I read this years ago -during the hype. People were raving about it. It was a number 1 best selling book. Yet, its a 'least' favorite for me. (the book with the manipulated ending)! Its funny how we come across an old book we have read. (positive or negative). We...
  • 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 our books (a man struggling to heal his relationship with God) was identical. Before I ...
  • Skylar Burris
    Jul 26, 2008
    This novel seems to be aimed at overturning (primarily fundamentalist) misconceptions about God and emphasizing that God IS Love. And although that is a noble and important goal, I find the novel itself to be overly didactic, with too many long explanations of too many things all place...
  • Jill
    Dec 16, 2008
    I did NOT like this book. I kept hearing how good it was and got it from the library with no idea what it was about. The idea of a guy who loses faith in god because his child is abducted and then gets invited back to "the shack" where his daughter was found...this time to spend a week...
  • 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 "You have to! It changed my life! I was full of questions, and life stunk, and the...
  • Mary
    Jan 16, 2009
    This review has been removed for personal reasons. All of you who liked, commented, and otherwise made it clear that you "felt me" on my response to The Shack are very much appreciated. ...
  • 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 not a writer. As far as the novel aspect of this book, I don't personally beli...
  • 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 tears- but that does not tip the scales against all of the errors slipped in and truth...
  • Werner
    Feb 04, 2009
    At first, I didn't expect to like this book; as I noted in a comment below, it was one I had to read because of my work. The premise of a young child's death at the hands of a serial killer (and serial killing in general) is one I usually avoid in my reading, and I'd read negative comm...
  • Jennifer
    Oct 07, 2008
    Having had no understanding of this books content before opening it, I must admit it rocked my little world a bit. It is incredibly well written and engaging from the start. I don?t want to say too much as I think this book is meant to be experienced with as little influence as possi...
  • 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 objectivity. Obviously I didn't try too hard to be calm and subdued in my praise because ...
  • 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. There are things I noticed the second time I didn't the first. Added to my review...
  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    Apr 19, 2015
    Why? Why did you make me do this book club? You all seem like nice people.....what did I do? Seriously. I missed the book club meeting due to work or I would have yelled out at the top of my lungs 'NOOOOOOO, not The Shack!' But I wasn't there, so instead of reading Cloud Atlas, T...
  • Elisa
    Jul 29, 2008
    In case you can't read it, the tagline on this is "Where tragedy confronts eternity." This is the story of Mack, a man whose 6-year-old daughter was abducted and brutally murdered during a family camping trip. The serial killer, a man who leaves a ladybug pin everytime he kills a c...
  • 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, must not be the intended audience. Despite the fact millions of copies have been sold...
  • LaTanya McQueen
    Mar 31, 2009
    My godmother bought me this novel because she believes I need Salvation with a capital S. My mother died less than three years ago and I think she believes this is her way of getting me to cope with it. I tried, I really did, to read this book. I got about four chapter in and complete...
  • Christina
    Sep 30, 2008
    5 stars? Ya, I know it's crazy because I guess this is a super-controversial book... but I am rating it this way because of it's impact - not because of it's sound theology. The view of the trinity in this book is one I had never considered. And, although it challenged a LOT of my fund...
  • Jen
    Nov 15, 2008
    If you like your spirituality like a boxed dinner (just add meat!) then this book is for you. The gist A parent struggles with his worldview after a family camping trip ends in the abduction of his daughter by a serial rapist/killer. Divine intervention comes by way of an i...
  • Tea Jovanović
    Mar 30, 2013
    Jedna od ve?ih misterija za mene... Kako je ta knjiga postala bestseler kada sam nai?la samo na jednu osobu kojoj se dopala a ve?ina onih koji su se zeznuli i kupili knjigu, nisu uspeli da nadju nijednu lepu re?... Li?no, mislim da je ova knjiga namenjena ameri?kom mentalitetu......
  • Lyn
    Jul 19, 2011
    A book that seems to inspire strong emotions - people seem to either love it or hate it. I am a little surprised to see so many people who did not like the book. One reviewer maybe explained the wide disparity in the need to seperate the work of fiction itself with theology. Perhaps...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Aug 15, 2012
    One of the worst books I've ever read in my life. Don't like my opinion? #haveablessedday ...
  • Candace
    Jun 09, 2017
    While most of my friends seem to have a love or hate relationship with this book, I can't say that I do. I am the rare reader that didn't have a strong opinion about this book, one way or the other. I found it to be good and entertaining enough, but I didn't find it to be life-changing...
  • 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 profanity. I don't think it is ever okay for a Christian author to use profanity in any c...
  • Maria Clara
    Nov 16, 2017
    Es difcil evaluar un libro como este que, siendo ficcin, toca temas religiosos. En primer lugar, he de decir que soy catlica y que creo en Dios, as que mi opinin puede estar intoxicada por mis propias creencias. Sin embargo, me esperaba algo diferente... Algo cmo qu? Ni...