The Shack

The Shack

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Four years after his daughter is abducted and evidence of her murder is found in an abandoned shack, Mackenzie Allen Philips returns to the shack in response to a note claiming to be from God, and has a life-changing experience.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Windblown Media, c2007.
ISBN: 9780964729230
Characteristics: 248 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jacobsen, Wayne
Cummings, Brad


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kramerb10 Nov 10, 2010

really profound, hit home on a number of areas of my life.

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Oct 07, 2018

This book does not pretend to be scripture so as you read it focus on the allegory and spiritual message and listen to the love in your heart. Regardless of what you believe about God this story does a wonderful job of communicating the blessings of practicing forgiveness = more love, joy and peace every day.
I am definitely a "better" person for having read the book! Truly life affirming and transforming!

Aug 30, 2018

This book is definitely not for everyone. Right up until the whole meeting with God and the shack, it was like any other typical suspense type book.

There was a lot of theology and religious stuff in this, which totally had me glossing over. It was an interesting read for sure but definitely to everyone's taste as everyone takes away from this story differently.

It spends a lot of time with Mack and how he cannot cope with the tragic death of his daughter and how he blames God and has lost his faith. You can feel the anger for sure, but other than that emotion nothing seems to be really fleshed out.

Jun 19, 2018

Unfortunately, this is a quite poorly written folksy, homespun book that falls into the trap of most religious writing - "If I can't understand it, it must be God". I'm an atheist and a good book that intelligently investigates belief in a god via an engaging story can be a great read. I had hoped this would be in that category but sadly, it is not.

Nov 10, 2017

A spiritual experience as opposed to a religious experience. The Shack was very special, although my concept of the Devine does not follow the party line. I liked that the various images of God in The Shack were varied & weren't the ones peddled to me in church as a child. I liked that at one point that God was a black women. Another time he was hippy type of man, etc. It successfully strated the line between the natural & the supernatural world.

Aug 22, 2017

God is in control. He is sovereign over good things, bad things, weather, sickness, death--everything! I read Job before reading the Shack. In Job I learned that because Job trusted God, he could worship Him in his hard times. In the Shack I found the main character, Mack, was suffering for a number of reasons. God in three Persons loved Mack throughout the book reminding him how important relationships are and forgiveness and reconciliation and about the amazing redemption that God provides us through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, Who bore our sins on the Cross . The book reflected how God is right in the middle of all of this suffering wanting and willing to love each of us through our pain. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.

Aug 15, 2017

This book shouldn't be included in the Christian category because it is so biblically unsound. It's feel good theology that's leading Christians astray. It's too bad that TBN is so sold on it.

Jul 29, 2017

Sheer nonsense.

Jun 19, 2017

Simplistic story with mediocre writing.

Jun 08, 2017

I look forward to reading this book. I was 65 for three books but now to 14th on the list. Must be a great book to have to wait 3 or 4 months to get to read it!! This was the best book I have ever read. I enjoyed it very much. Will read it again ater I am sre.

Apr 18, 2017

Not biblical --- teaches the wrong things to nonbelievers.
If you are a follower of Christ - beware - read your bible to know the truth!

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Aug 16, 2012

Provides a different view of justice and how to make peace with a tragic event. The characters are well developed and the read is captivating.

Sep 25, 2011

The synopsis of the book does not set you up for what is to come in the pages of the book. Very difficut content emotionally, followed by an extreme amount of religion and philosophy.


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Jul 08, 2014

" Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors".


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