The Shack by William Paul Young

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 his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks b...


Details The Shack

TitleThe Shack
ISBN9780964729230
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 2007
PublisherWindblown Media
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Favorites, Christian Fiction, Religion, Spirituality
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Reviews The Shack

  • Jay
    2008-09-24
    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 then I read the book, and God made sense to me, I understood quantum physics effortlessly, and all of a sudden I could spin flax into gold!"So, what I'm about to say is go...
  • Kim♥
    2008-02-21
    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 truths that were twisted. Being protective especially of new Christians, I strongly caution anyone about reading it. This book should be read with much discernment.Pleas...
  • Renee
    2008-12-01
    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 need to give up, because God writes our hero a personalized note, and tells him to meet him in “the shack” (the place of his daughter’s murder), funny thing is, ...
  • Amanda J
    2008-09-07
    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 and the book has climbed its way to the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List, I found The Shack to be preachy and fake to the point of insincerity. The main c...
  • Christie
    2008-02-03
    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 believe it is well written. Both the descriptions and dialogue don't ring true to me. But if delve into a little of the back story regarding this author you find that he never ...
  • Natalie Vellacott
    2015-06-23
    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 circumstances. Why not use alternative words especially in a fictional book. It's like the children who swear to try and shock people or to fit in with the crowd. Christ...
  • Candace
    2017-06-09
    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 or especially inspirational for me. It was certainly a change from my usual type of story, so that was refreshing in a sense. However, in the end it was in the "go...
  • Eric Bjerke
    2008-06-02
    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 one can see that I rated it 5 stars; however, I think I will start with why I don't think it is a 5-star book. It wasn't a book that I just couldn't put down. This ...
  • Mike
    2008-02-26
    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 below are several more specific drawbacks of the book. Unfortunately, every one of these would have been pointed out by first or second year writing students, which si...
  • Books Ring Mah Bell
    2009-07-30
    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 forgiveness is good for you. not forgiving will destroy you. (agreed)3. "Jesus" states he's not big on religion, or politics or economics. Calls them a "man- created trinity of...
  • Jill
    2008-12-16
    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 weekend with god...is not my idea of appealing literature.
  • C.J.
    2009-01-24
    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 continue I’d like to share a bit of my bias because one’s perspective will vastly affect the enjoyment of this book. I’m staunchly conservative, religiously, ...
  • Mary
    2009-01-16
    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.
  • Christina
    2008-09-30
    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 fundamentalist upbringing, it inspired me to return to the Bible and learn more - find the closeness with God described in The Shack and to see what God's Word said reg...
  • Jennifer
    2008-10-07
    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 possible. I will say it made me see many things in a much different way. It helped me grasp something that I struggle with and ultimately confirmed some of my own though...
  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    2015-04-19
    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, The Shack happened, and I let it happen with my absence. *sigh* Where to begin.....1. I am not a Christian. Strike one for The Shack and me. Many people are and that's fanta...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2012-08-15
    One of the worst books I've ever read in my life. Don't like my opinion? #haveablessedday
  • booklady
    2008-08-11
    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 myself as the Theophilus Luke is writing to in the Book of Acts. So I read the book as a God-Lover and I write this review in the same vein. It begins with an unsp...
  • Elisa
    2008-07-29
    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 child, was never captured, and the only clue to Missy's abduction was an undeniable, bloodstained red sundress on the floor of an abandoned shack high up in the middle of...
  • Bear
    2008-08-17
    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 just have to read it for yourself to understand how I feel about religion, "church", and the Trinity. We humans are so busy trying to control each other and control...
  • Tea Jovanović
    2013-03-30
    Jedna od većih misterija za mene... Kako je ta knjiga postala bestseler kada sam naišla samo na jednu osobu kojoj se dopala a većina onih koji su se zeznuli i kupili knjigu, nisu uspeli da nadju nijednu lepu reč... Lično, mislim da je ova knjiga namenjena američkom mentalitetu...
  • Debbi
    2008-12-18
    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 useless:The Jesus character says: “My life was not meant to be an example to be copied....It is a means for your independence to be killed”.Huh?? What Bible is the author...
  • Maria Clara
    2017-11-16
    Es difícil evaluar un libro como este que, siendo ficción, toca temas religiosos. En primer lugar, he de decir que soy católica y que creo en Dios, así que mi opinión puede estar intoxicada por mis propias creencias. Sin embargo, me esperaba algo diferente... ¿Algo cómo qué? Ni idea. Por eso creo que lo mejor es que cada uno se forme su propia opinión.
  • LaTanya McQueen
    2009-03-31
    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 completely gave up. I'd get rid of the thing but she signed it and my conscience would bother me, and so it sits here mocking me, probably for forever.I thought I couldn't fi...
  • Lyn
    2011-07-19
    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 many people are put off by the imaginitive take on Biblical ideals. As a work of fiction, I found it original and thought provoking. Theologically, it was ungrounded, ...
  • Jen
    2008-11-15
    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 invitation to the place where his little girl breathed her last. Masochism, curiosity, and a longing for answers and closure compels him to go alone to the spot. God appears, t...
  • Skylar Burris
    2008-07-26
    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 placed directly in the mouth of God Himself (which seems to me a bit presumptuous). Things are very often better explained and understood in story than in definition, an...
  • Donovan
    2008-06-02
    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 do is sheepishly say, "Did you see how she helped that lady" or something like that. Well, be warned, if you also have a weakness for tears or if you are a father, ...
  • Werner
    2009-02-04
    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 comments about Young's style and theology. My reservations vanished very quickly! Some of the commentary in the book description above verges more into the territory of...