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After his daughter's murder, a grieving father confronts God with desperate questions - and finds unexpected answers - in this riveting and deeply moving number one New York Times best seller.

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. 

©2013 William P. Young (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Was unsure

I was unsure about this book because of what I heard regarding the theology. I don’t like regurgitating what I hear from others so I decided to check The Shack out on my own.....so I could properly criticize it. After listening to it I was left stunned and had to seriously rethink some of my theology. This is truly a awesome book!!

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enlightenment

as the writer suggests its tough to get through the first chapters, but we'll worth it to continue the amazing journey/transformation that Mack undergoes.

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Didn’t know it was Christian book

The story is really good until it got to the god section. It was ok and I decided to listen to the whole book just to see what a Christian book can teach me. It definitely taught me some things. I liked the ending as well.

The narrator is really solid.

In the last two chapters with the author interviews, it’s really interesting how the author made the book. I like how the author is a down to earth kind of person.

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Changed my Life

"Read this book" is what someone told me. I would give anyone that same advise. I have the paperback beside my bed with a worn cover, highlights, post its, and notes in margins. The Lord used this book to reintroduce Himself to me. I was able to see Him in my life and understand who He made me to be. I was reintroduced to God through these pages. The movie is good, but doesnt begin to do the book justice. This book changed everything for me. I found this at a time when I was questioning so much. I KNOW that Godbsent this to me.
My personal relationship with God is what it is today because of this book...
Read IT!!!

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The Shack

This book. was truly amazing . For me personally it was a life experience to which I was totally able to relate to. ..5 years ago ago I had to bury my son
Matt was was only 22 yrs old .. have lived with my broken heart trying to understand why .n blaming myself ...this book helped me to heal just a lil bit more .. God reached into my heart through the words of William Paul Young n I will be ever greatful...... Rosemary

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Better late than never

What’s wonderful story, the beginning is tough but push through, many of us have had horrible loss,the story takes us to a place of transcendence and the truth of our utter dependence on faith, no matter the ability to understand.

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I'm not a Christian but I love this book

This book helped me learn to forgive. I read it many years ago and have never forgotten its lessons.

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must read

amazing book! a must read! changed my life. I cried, laughing and ached woth the characters

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Life changing

An exceptional performance of the narrator, very involved and expressive!!!
A beautiful touching story that we can all relate to in so many different ways.
Life is all about getting in touch with our inner self.
Possibilities of great personal healing.

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  • 08-07-19

Very religious - not as expected from description

I saw a mention of God in the Audible description and though I’m not religious, I am open minded. This book goes far beyond a mention of religion though - after hours of listening to preachy rhetoric, I’m done with this audio book & can’t even finish it.

I wanted to hear the character’s story & instead it’s like the author is attempting to use this fictitious story to try and convert readers/listeners. The parts where Mack is basically told he’s nobody without God and that women are born of men to be man’s perfect partner sent me over the edge. These may be common themes in religion and are likely the reason I wasn’t brought up to be religious.

Audible - please emphasize the religious content of this story in your description so others who aren’t interested in this type of content don’t waste their money!

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  • 08-23-17

Excellent

Forget the Theology, forget your religious hang ups. Allow the love of God to permeate your soul as your enjoy a great book of fiction.

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  • Nadine
  • 02-12-19

Incredible

This is one of those books i could read every two years or so, the audible version really captures the story well. Love it

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  • Christo Nel
  • 08-18-18

A life changing book

This is the fictional book that changed my life and helped me to heal and discover the Triune God of Father, Jesus and Spirit. I always viewed them as different from each other, however The Shack allowed me to grasp that Papa was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, because we are his children.

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  • Eachan Harrison
  • 03-17-17

This book can be life-changing... If you let it!

Listen to this with your heart and mind wide open and it will change your life!

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  • Joel
  • 12-01-21

Must read no matter your background or worldview

Captivated from start to finish. Excellent narration. Couldn't stop listening until it finished. Great for both personal reflection and relational discussion between spouse, family and close friends.

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  • Paul Marais
  • 01-11-21

Absolutely amazing!

A must read for anyone who wants to understand the real nature of our Creator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-25-18

My Christian Journey Crystalised

This book has altered and restored my perspective of God and the God Head and given me such peace. I cannot stop listening to this book. Such Spirit filled insight. Thank you Mr Young.

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  • James
  • 04-09-18

A fantastic read; not biblically sound.

Would you listen to The Shack again? Why?
I would definitely listen to The Shack again because even though it is based on fiction, it helped me explore my biblical understanding of God, his workings, and plans for us.

What does Roger Mueller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His timing is spot on. And the way he reads it as if the character is figuring it out for the first time really helps me to engage with the events in the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Definitely the part where... oh wait, that would ruine it for you. You’ll just have to read it yourself.

Any additional comments?
Don’t be turned away by the sound of this book. Yes, I know for the most part God is portrayed as a Woman (which is not biblical), but it explained why in the book. It is a work of fiction and therfore there are some elements which I had to go and cross reference myself... But for the most part, it got me thinking about my own relationship with God, how I treat him, and how he treats us.

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  • Jennie
  • 06-30-17

Fantastic book

I loved this book, it was beautifully written in a way that challenges common thought with regard to God. It seems bring about a sort of clarity in understanding God while trying to contextualise Him in a way that bypasses the confusion that can accompany "religion"

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  • Rebecca K Hall
  • 06-13-17

Wow

Loved it. It has a way of touching your life in ways that aren't even imaginable.