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The Shack

93 Ratings: 2.4
A book by William P. Young

When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of "The Shack." This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" … see full wiki

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Author: William P. Young
Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Windblown Media
Date Published: July 1, 2008
26 reviews about The Shack
review by . July 10, 2010
   The Shack by William Young has been on the New York Times Bestsellers List for Paperback Trade Fiction for more than 100 weeks now (and was even #1 in amazon.com’s spot in fiction).  I was excited when I got my hands on a copy because it is a Christian book that topped book lists and is even compared to Paul Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.  I knew I just had to read it and find out for myself what the fuss was all about. …
review by . July 01, 2010
I was given this book from a friend. They told me it was a true story, once I read it I researched that and found out I was correct in my doubts. It's not. I'm not sure where the mistaken view that it is came from. This book has some very out-there views on Christianity and God. It had a few things right, such as God being both 3 and 1, but it personalized each of the 3 parts of God. None were what traditional Christians would have thought. One was even a woman. It's oftenly said that …
review by . July 16, 2010
The Shack requires more than one reading.  You get a little more out of each reading.  It can be hard to digest, comparing the Trinity to real life people.  Whether or not the story is true is hard to say.  However it opens your eyes to the power of forgiveness and understanding that even the most horrible tragedies of our lives can bring about some good.           
review by . July 02, 2010
This is by far my favorite book of all times.  It's basically one mans opinion of what God is really like.  It explains how God truly loves us and how he uses trials to develop other areas in other peoples lives.  This book caused an emotional reaction for me.  The story was sad, dramatic, and happy all mixed into one story.  It truly affected my life and I believe I've changed dramatically because of it.
review by . July 05, 2010
This book was recommended to me by several people, and when I finally had the chance to read it I could understand why. A man struggling with the mysterious death of his little girl and trying to piece his life back together gets a strange message in his mailbox from God and meets Him in the place where his daughter was murdered,to discover not only the answers to his questions but a whole new perspective on this life here on Earth and the life to come.   …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Can you create a perfect god, or what you think is perfect? P. Young did it, and probably we will have a generation that prefers to read this book instead of Bible. It`s better with no devil, no hell.."?!?!"
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
William P. Young created a therapy from himself when he wrote this book, but also created an over optimist way of christianism. Audacious, he takes God, Jesus and Holy Spirit inside a fiction that is not connected with the bible. There is no devil, no one goes to hell. Do you know what is called when you create a god in your own way? Idolatry. Do you know what is called when you twist the words of God? Heresy. The Shack: brings confort The Bible: brings repentance
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Beautiful book. My sister sent it to me, and I have since passed it on to others. Even if you are not a very religious person, this gets you to thinking, and believing.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A life altering book. Had to put it down at one point and just cry for all the misconceived ideas I had in the past. Highly recommended.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
great book
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Rediscover what you think you know about God.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
oh PAPA - love the intamacy that this books gives us in the relationship that we have with Him
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Interesting read, though it can drag on if you're not careful.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Thought provoking book that made me thing of things differently. I found it to be a very interesting read.
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
The Shack is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. I was reluctant to read it at first, thinking it was going to be super mystical, but no...it was amazing. This book gives such a wonderful person view of God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
I hear that it has changed lives.
review by . June 02, 2010
I went into this book not knowing what to expect except that everyone who had recommended it loved it.  I knew that it was a controversial read, but I also have a very open mind when it comes to opinions and being able to form my own opinion.  In my eyes, this book has all the words and and all the answers to the questions you didn't even know you had.  It is like they are questions in the words you couldn't form.  It helped me to form my faith around what I had been …
review by . June 27, 2009
   Let me preface my review with three things:      1.  Don't expect to agree with everything you read in The Shack, or anywhere else, save the Bible.      2.  Don't let disagreements with the author's opinions rob you of the gifts Young has for you in   The Shack.      3.  I hated the ending!      Now, that I've said that, I still give The Shack a 5+, because I loved the author's …
review by . March 21, 2009
I get stubborn when books are too popular, and the latest media hype to provoke my stubborn streak was about "The Shack." First of all, it was something people at church were saying I just "had" to read. Then, as I was finally considering succumbing, the book and advertisements began to appear in style all over the place. Huge displays. Racks and racks of books. Study groups buying in bulk... Oh dear. I decided the Shack could only disappoint so I wouldn't bother reading. …
review by . February 11, 2009
Mack Phillips' world is torn apart when his little girl, Missy, is kidnapped during a family vacation. All the evidence points to a serial kidnapper that the police have been unable to apprehend. Heavy with despair, Mack and his family wait while the search for his daughter continues. The search finally culminates at an old shack deep in the Oregon wilderness where Missy's bloodstained clothes are discovered. Her body is nowhere to be found, but everyone knows the truth. Missy is gone.    …
review by . January 10, 2009
Four years ago, Mack's little daughter was brutally murdered in a crumbling old shack. Since then, he's been consumed by The Great Sadness, which has distanced him from his wife and other children. Now Mack receives a cryptic note inviting him to the scene of the crime. Little does he know he'll come to terms with his anger and grief - and the Holy Trinity.     This book is part riveting drama and part familiar Christian philosophy. The parts about Mack's terrible childhood and …
review by . November 16, 2008
The Shack
If I got anything out of this captivating story and this portrayal of one man's meaning of God it was to remember to bring in my focus to the immense importance of my family--those I love and those who love me. This book seems to me a gift of sorts, the sharing of a story or a dream, rather than a philosophy or even a lesson in alternative theology. It's one of those tales, controversial now because of its tremendous popularity and success, which allows you to draw your own conclusions and relate …
review by . February 08, 2009
This book reminded me a lot of One Fine Day. It was written purely to evoke emotion, and that annoyed me. It was so obvious. So overly done. Just no, no, no.    The first few chapters were actually not too bad and I was holding out hope, but once he entered 'the shack' it was all over for me. It turned sappy, over-dramatic, over-theological. Just over.    I was not at all impressed with the writing or much of anything, truth-be-told. I ended up skimming the …
review by . October 14, 2008
OK... So I'm a bit behind the curve on this one. Already nearly 1600 reviews out on Amazon for The Shack by William P. Young. Needless to say, it took a bit of time before I got to the top of the library hold list. It didn't take me long to read the story, as I found it intriguing. It's a different slant and method for looking at how God works. Theologically, I can't say I fully agreed with it. Still, I think it was a worthwhile read.    Mackenzie Allen Philips, or Mack to nearly …
review by . August 12, 2008
I didn't want to read this one. I have such a huge stack of books to get through that I couldn't bear the thought of one more...especially one I didn't think I'd like. I expected The Shack to be melodramatic and poorly written. Young was turned down by a lot of houses, and I figured that his writing skills might have something to do with it. But The Shack ended up on my local book club list, and I picked up a copy and began reading.     I was surprised by what I found between …
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