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The Shack

By William P. Young

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 July 2008
With 18 million copies sold worldwide, THE SHACK is an international bestseller that explores life's toughest questions through the gripping story of one man's struggle to find answers to his suffering.Mack's youngest daughter, Missy, was 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, still trapped in his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack. Against his better judgement Mack arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon. What he finds there will change his life forever.THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question, 'Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?' Mack's experiences when he faces up to his darkest nightmares will astound you, and perhaps transform you as much as it did him.This is the kind of book you'll want to tell everyone about. Millions have discovered it already - now it's your turn.

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The powerful bestselling novel of how a grief-stricken man's encounter with God changes his life forever.

About the Author

William P. Young was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was 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.


'This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good!' -- Eugene Peterson 'THE SHACK is the most absorbing work of fiction I've read in many years. My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith along the way. THE SHACK will leave you craving for the presence of God.' -- Michael W. Smith, Recording Artist 'This story reads like a prayer - like the best kind of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it.' -- Mike Morrell, Zoecarnate.com 'Reading THE SHACK during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul.' -- Wynonna Judd, Recording Artist 'Clearly the book is speaking loud and clear to a lot of people' -- The Independent 20080719 'By far the most captivating, deliciously written and theologically refreshing page turner of a novel I have ever read.' -- Gerald Coates, Pioneer 20080911 This is the most heart-warming, inspirational story I have read in decades. If you only read one book in the next year...read THE SHACK -- J John 20080727

EAN: 9780340979495
ISBN: 0340979496
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.8 centimeters (0.11 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Ricky Lewer on

I read a lot and I had this book highly recommended to me by a number of christians. I found it difficult to decide if it was fiction or non fiction. It certainly had a lot of truths in it and was biblically sound.

It covers a story about a man who loses his daughter to a sexual predator. He can't cope with the loss and blames himself.

A message arrives in his letterbox one day from Papa (God) who invites him to a shack for the weekend. The story unfolds from there into an interesting account of how God interacts as the the Father (papa), the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. The man spends the weekend with God (in the trinity) at The Shack and God opens up his mind to see things from God's perspective.

The story is uplifting, forfilling and informative on Christian ideaologies. The end is has a nice twist to it and I really enjoyed it.
Lilah Barnett on
I absolutely loved this book, it spoke to me, and helped re-kindle my own faith. I enjoyed every minute and could not put the book down. I totally recommend it to anyone looking for a heart felt story.
Kate Stonier on
Did not like this at all - smacks of new ages nonsense & couldnt find a thing that resembled the Word in it. Put mine in the bin so that no-one else would be misled. I'd recommend steering clear of it especially those new to the Lord.
Tandry Gunawan Hakki on
A fiction novel told a story about a father whose daughter get kidnapped and found that his relationship to God recovered after few encounters with God himself.
It's a novel that bring the message that God has control in everything including grief, misery, and other things and He always be able to bring this to great joy in the end. Really encouraging books to read especially if you're a doubter and thinking that God is not that nice at all.
jode hughes on
An Interesting book. Shattered and challenged some old thinking and was refreshing and releasing really. very very very easy to read and not heavy on the religion at all.
Anne Lovell on
To all you folks who are looking for a great read this weekend try "The Shack". You will find it inspirational fiction and even revelational at times. I loved it so much I purchased copies for all my adult children and have HIGHLY recommended it to almost everyone I speak to. It is all about relationships, being a loving person and not being judgemental in any shape or form. Anne L
Talk about blowing mindsets. This has book has revolutionised my thinking and helped me to see God as a personal friend who knows and loves me intimately. All I can say to those who stop at the part in the book when God is portrayed as a female...is...keep reading! If you can replace the mental picture in your head, as I did then you can absorb the phenomenal truths that illuminate things that perhaps were previously obscured. It's grace at it's core! LOVED the book. Gave it away and want to buy 10 more copies to do so!
Nicky Elwood on
This would be the best book I have read in a very long time. It made me re-examine my relationship with God and also it was a huge encouragement to me. I think everyone should take the time to read this book, I couldn't put it down!
Steven Dromgool on
Wow - this book is amazing - so different from the god you here about in churches. Fascinating and loads of twists. Just be careful reading it in public places random strangers tend to walk up and start talking about it with you.

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