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The Shack

By William P. Young

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.


What’s most amazing about the whole story is that a fifty-seven-year-old Canadian who was coming out of bankruptcy and working three jobs, including as a janitor, and had never published anything wrote a book that changed how millions of people relate to God. — “Oregonian (Portland, OR)”

Riveting, with twists that defy your expectations while teaching powerful, theological lessons without patronizing. I was crying by page 100. You cannot read it without your heart becoming involved. — “Gayle E. Erwin, author of The Jesus Style

‘Brilliant! One of the most faith-enhancing books I have ever read’ — Bear Grylls

By far the most captivating, deliciously written and theologically refreshing page turner of a novel I have ever read.’ — Gerald Coates, Pioneer

Dangerous, dangerous way to do off-the-hook theology, I love it! It’s not just what happens when a theologian becomes storyteller: this is what happens when a survivor who has experienced God decides to tell a story. This should be required reading in spirituality/theodicy classes everywhere. The Shack will quickly become a modern classic, and it will inspire imitators. But very few will match the competence of this work.’ — Siku

‘THE SHACK is the most absorbing work of fiction I’ve read in many years. My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith along the way. THE SHACK will leave you craving for the presence of God.’ — Michael W. Smith, Recording Artist

‘Reading THE SHACK during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul.’ — Wynonna Judd, Recording Artist 20081001

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