The Shack - William P. Young

The Shack

By William P. Young

  • Release Date: 2008-06-20
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 3,447 Ratings


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.


  • A profound life-changing book

    By rokinrev
    [I pulled this out for a third re-read after it was part of PBS Great American Read, and sparked a controversial give and take around its inclusion on the list. Very few of that group actually liked the book and it’s premise at all...] I originally read it in Seminary when it was first released and met the author at a forum in Ohio many years later. My book is yellow with age and full of dog-eared pages. The setting always draws me in for that eastern edge of Oregon near Wallowa Lake is where my first parish setting was. I know the area quite well. It also reminds me of the fantasy book “What Dreams May Come”. The book can be seen as a Christian fantasy and/or allegory. What gets me is the “down to earth, no bull theology” that it posits. A man-Mack- lost a child to “The Ladybug Killer” and Missy’s loss has obviously colored his and his family’s lives moving forward. His story of going back up to the scene and his encounter with The Living G-d in the form of three very approachable aspects and the discussions and actions related to it are both wonderful and transformative as he begins to let go of the nightmare his life reflects. For me, this has always been a book of hope. It has always made me weep, and it has profoundly influenced my theology and interaction with people in my parish and hospital work, as well as my own life. And, I have to say, in this instance, don’t watch the the book. Very highly recommended. 5+ Stars
  • Great book. Amazing story

    By radgal2319
    I loved the messages.
  • A new closeness to our father

    By CKnachSiJay
    By making the Trinity be real persons you are able to grasp the work of each one in depth. It really gives you a perspective that while you may struggle with any loss you may have to revisit the pain to release it completely over to God. Faith and trust are best friends and requires you to release trust of yourself into Him.
  • Rob Keister

    By Robbyboy1a
    Simply loved it! Was refreshed as I read! Love all the “Trinity” in a new special way!
  • The Shack

    By Wellsbug27
    Let me start by saying I don't read that often. But one I sat down to read this book I found myself not able to stop reading. The story was so moving and had me crying throughout the story. I was truly blown away with this story and enjoyed it very much.
  • Before you download

    By 3rdchord
    I found this story inspiring and revealing. However, do yourself a favor and read it instead of listening to the audio book. I found the narrator to invest way too much acting instead of reading and allowing the listener to design the image of the words. In respect to the author I will recommend the book but the audio book narrators attempt to read as the character (emotions way overdone) was enough to bring me to the point that I didn't want to finish it. Books should be read for the readers imagination. This narrative nearly destroys the perfect metaphor the author brings. Audiobook writers should heed this advise when determining narrators because, as in this case, the poor narrative ruins a great book. Nicely done Paul Young. I would have paid $40 for the book had I known the $20 I paid for the audiobook would ruin the entire experience. Peace
  • It's authors own personal beliefs not backed by scripture

    By Chiqqaaa
    I almost read the whole book until I got to the point where it was talking about being a Christian. Pretty much saying everyone will go to heaven and there is no hell. It also says that Jesus is the best way to heaven and not the only way, which if you know the Bible, Jesus IS the only way. I do not recommend. Please do your research on this book before purchasing.
  • A classic

    By statenisland
    Watch, years to come, people will remember it fondly. More people will keep reading it and it will be an American classic. The story makes you feel good, renewed in spirit and appreciative of redemption. Look, it's not the Bible. It's a conscious reconciliation of personal faith. Just read it.
  • what a great book.

    By meron tibebu
    This wud be the 2nd best life changing book i ever read in my life, this is a must read
  • Amazing

    By kpotia
    Very touching, no judgements if you don't think the same.