The Shack - William P. Young

The Shack

By William P. Young

  • Release Date: 2008-06-20
  • Genre: Religious
Score: 4.5
From 3,975 Ratings


After his daughter's murder, a grieving father confronts God with desperate questions -- and finds unexpected answers -- in this riveting and deeply moving #1 NYT bestseller.

When Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter Missy is abducted during a family vacation, he remains hopeful that she'll return home. But then, he discovers evidence that she may have been brutally murdered in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.

Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note that's supposedly from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment, he arrives on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.



  • Moving and absolutely wonderful

    By SassyQueen1
    This story is absolutely incredible and brought me to tears. God’s love for us is never ending. A definite must read!
  • Love love love

    By mrsKskaggs
    Best book I’ve read in a while.
  • Great book

    By richwemac54
    It pays to have an open mind when reading. As a man who has been raised Catholic and the teachings of the church I found it easier to understand. Phenomenal book!
  • Great book

    By Kat3609
    It was even better than the movie
  • Apple

    By partymix2000
    Didn’t like the book
  • 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.