The Shack

I am not going to write a review when their are over 4000 review of this book online.  I truly enjoyed this book so much that I have read it twice and I have underlined passages.  This book made me think about God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit in a different and more understanding way.  If you haven’t read it, it is worth your time.

Some of the reviews say: Guide Review – ‘The Shack’ by William P. Young – Book Review

The Shack by William P. Young is a story about Mack, a man whose daughter is kidnapped and brutally murdered. A few years after her murder, Mack receives an invitation from God to meet Him at the shack where they found his daughter’s bloody clothes. Mack goes and works through the meaning of suffering as he spends the weekend with the Trinity, uniquely portrayed (God the Father is a large black woman, for instance).


•’The Shack’ delves into some of life’s biggest questions
•’The Shack’ is easy to read
•’The Shack’ provides an artistic avenue for understanding Christian truths


•The dialogue is forced & some parts are cheesy – This isn’t great literature




William P. Young’s book has an intriguing premise. Years ago, a father name MacKenzie Phillips took his children camping and lost one of them to a man who has kidnapped and killed others. Mack has grieved since then. His marriage has struggled. Understandably, his relationship with God has suffered. Then, one wintry day, he receives a note in his mailbox inviting him back to the woods, to the shack in which his daughter’s dress and bloodstains were found. The note, it would seem, is from God.
From this simple yet effective premise, Young leads Mack Phillips back to his point of despair and anger. The encounters he then has with God there in “The Shack” serve as thought-provoking moments for both Mack and the reader. This is not the God of stodgy Sunday school classes. This is not a flannel-graph Jesus. This is not limited to a fluttering dove of the Holy Spirit. The descriptions here are startling, while remaining true to the nature of God’s love and grace as portrayed through Scripture. Not only are they startling, they’re wise and moving and beautiful. . . .

Is it the best crafted novel ever? No. In many ways, it could be encapsulated in a non-fiction treatise. However, in sharing this remarkable tale in a fictional form, Young has breathed wonder and wisdom into a story that will continue to buzz around for years to come.

5.0 out of 5 stars  No Flannel-Graph Jesus, January 27, 2008 By
Eric Wilson “novelist” (Nashville, TN United States)

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