The Shack   -     By: William P. Young
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"Mack" Philips took his three children on a family camping trip while his wife visited her sister. Just as they were about to leave the campsite, the two older kids decided to take a last canoe ride before heading home. As their canoe overturned, and Mack went to help them, his back was turned and the unspeakable happened. Mack's youngest daughter,Missy, was abducted by a known child predator. After a massive search, evidence of Missy showed up at an abandoned cabin. Although they never found her body, everyone knew the worst had happened. For the next four years "a great sadness" fell over Mack and his family, until a note from God showed up in his mailbox. What happens next will move you to a greater understanding of God's unfailing love for us all.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Windblown Media
ISBN: 0964729237
ISBN-13: 9780964729230
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Mackenzie Allen Phillips's 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 this 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 wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

Author Bio

Wm. Paul Young was born a Canadian and raised among a Stone Age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of former New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult and now enjoys the "wastefulness of grace" with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Eugene Peterson says this book is as good and as important as The Pilgrim’s Progress. Well, it really is not. It is neither as good nor as original a story and it lacks the theological precision of Bunyan’s work. But really, this is a bit of a facile comparison. The Pilgrim’s Progress, after all, is allegory—a story that has a second distinct meaning that is partially hidden behind its literal meaning. The Shack is not meant to be allegory. Nor can The Shack quite be equated with a story like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe where C.S. Lewis simply asked (and answered) this kind of question: “What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia, and He chose to be incarnate and die and rise again in that world as He actually has done in ours?” The Shack is in a different category than these more notable Christian works. It seeks to represent the members of the Trinity as they are (or as they could be) and to suggest through them what they might teach were they to appear to us in a similar situation. There is a sense of attempted or perceived reality in this story that is missing in the others. This story is meant to teach theology that Young really believes to be true. The story is a wrapper for the theology. In theory this is well and good; in practice the book is only as good as its theology. And in this case, the theology just is not good enough.

Because of the sheer volume of error and because of the importance of the doctrines reinvented by the author, I would encourage Christians, and especially young Christians, to decline this invitation to meet with God in The Shack. It is not worth reading for the story and certainly not worth reading for the theology. -- Tim Challies

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    Thought Provoking
    August 20, 2014
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    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Shack.
    I read this book because of the strong reviews I've read, which are on both sides. I needed to see for myself. The story is good, but I can see why there is much concern regarding some of the content. I would recommend it to a friend, as long as that friend is already well-grounded in biblical truth.
  2. Pamela Ellis
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent story line!
    January 20, 2014
    Pamela Ellis
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed reading this book so much a ordered a copy for two of my friends!
  3. ShellyFrancis
    Roswell, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful
    January 10, 2014
    ShellyFrancis
    Roswell, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wonderful book! I've purchased several more for friends!
  4. JoeM
    Bloomfield, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book at a great price!
    January 2, 2014
    JoeM
    Bloomfield, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I purchased this book for my wife. I fully intend to read it myself as soon as I get to it.
  5. follower of the Christ
    Goose Creek, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love the way God is taken "out of the box"
    October 27, 2013
    follower of the Christ
    Goose Creek, SC
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Many days we, as Christians, place God in our own borders and say THIS IS GOD... Sadly, this is dangerous. God tells us in His Word, His ways are not our ways. So in saying this, I LOVED this book. Is God embodied in my own defined borders? NO. Is the LOVE, MERCY and GRACE he calls us to embrace as we walk with Him evident in the words of this book, ABSOLUTELY! Why would any person seek a relationship with someone if we knew everything about them? Don't you still enjoy the mystery of getting to know your spouse? Realizing the amazing person your child is developing into that you never saw? and seeing that God's mercies are greater than the borders you once held Him in? Do I take this book as necessary as the Word of God? Not particularly, but do I LOVE the way that the concepts and truths of the Holy Bible are shown in the story of how God beckons to meet our needs in the season we find ourselves? Aboslutely!

    I read this book as I was trying to forgive my own father for hurts that cut me as deeply as Mack's father. Through God's mercy displayed in the book, prayers with God and my loving husband, I was able to forgive.

    I wouldn't take the book as fact, but if you are able to extend the borders that you have placed on God, it is a good read to stretch your mind beyond itself.
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