The Shack - William P. Young

The Shack

By William P. Young

  • Release Date: 2008-06-20
  • Genre: Religious Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 4,025 Ratings


Over 25 Million Copies Sold! 

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.


  • Your faith will be renewed along with Mack!

    By AlIcia529
    While reading this book, I found that my faith was being renewed a long with Mack. Question i aHave had were answered and explained so elegantly. I recommend this beautiful story.
  • Awestruck

    By EvelynLorajne
  • One of the best books I’ve ever read.

    By Kira0711
    Incredible and moving read.
  • Wow!

    By Jcmaidens
    My mom made me read this book years before her passing. I went through a lot of the same emotions that Mack did as well. Six years after her passing I stumbled onto the book and it was so comforting
  • Amazing

    By readerlf
    Great story for anyone who is struggling to have faith or who already does! Beautiful! Keep an open mind and enjoy.
  • Amazing!

    By RaydioChick
    I love this message of God‘s gracious love which is poured out throughout this novel ; of his everlasting care for us in all life’s situations. The reading of this book has changed my mindset and views, when it comes to my relationship with The Lord, my family and people; I meet day to day. May this profound book enlighten and inspire every reader to live daily within the grace of Christ Jesus! 😇🙏🙏
  • The Shack

    By mcgyver2010
    The guy that said do not read the book.... is...... full of it. The book stands alone.... He is combining book and movie and the movie was butcher. To the person who gave the book a poor rating. Don’t go to Walmart and rate Target.... I’m trying to be nice.... that person is an idiot!!! It’s a fictional book.... Read it. Enjoy it or not.... but you are judging it based on your on bias ...... that is wrong!!!
  • At least 14 heresies

    By AgTube creator
    I am catholic and this book is the exact opposite!! It has at least 14 heresies. The summary is; A father takes his kids camping, but while he goes and rescues his kids who flipped over in a canoe in the lake, his youngest, missy, is abducted and later murdered in a shack, by a crazy serial killer, called the ladykiller who kills only little girls under age ten. And leaves ladybug pins where his parents can find out there kid is dead. Anyways the murder is very disturbing, and I like murder mysteries but this one was bone chilling, in a bad way. The heresy part is he gets a letter telling him to go back to the shack, so he decides to go back, but when he gets to the shack it’s winter and missys blood stain is still visible near the fireplace, 4 years later. He throws stuff, and even falls asleep for a few minutes in the cold dilapidated shack, but when he realizes he dozed off he storms out, but while he’s walking away, everything suddenly turns into spring, and the shack turns into a nice little cottage, here comes the heresy, there are 3 people who live in the ‘little cottage’ and they say they are the holy trinity. The Holy Spirit is a Japanese woman who in the movie looks and acts more like a seductress, Jesus is a Saudi Arabian man, who wore flannel shirts, and the author says that God is an African American woman! She says that if she looked like the stereotypical God that he wouldn’t treat “god” the right way. I could only read up to chapter 4 or 5 I don’t remember, but it is not holy in any way honestly I think the devil was the one who took the form as the holy trinity, because that is certainly how it seemed. If you are Christian, than do not read this book, read the Bible, I hope I stated this as clearly as possible, but please save your soul and do NOT read this book. It would have been a great book if the 3 people were angels, but they weren’t so I just wanted to tell people this book is not as innocent as it seems, please do not let it deceive you. God bless you!
  • Love it!

    By taniiba
    I fall in love with God every time I reread this book. Truly a beautiful story and heart melting encounter with God.
  • Religious Propaganda

    By Brad in IL
    If you find comfort believing in a spirit controlling everyone's love. Then you will love this book. You will go away feeling good. However rational thought is strong also and finding love, beauty and joy in the natural universe does not have to be credited to a magical deity.