The Shack Review

“Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself- to serve.”

– William P Young


Mackenzie Allen Philips’ 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 the 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 a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!

My Review


I watched this move when it was in theaters a few years ago and it really hit home for me. I was going through a lot of family and personal things. From dealing with Cancer and how it effects a family, not just the individual, and many other things. I was in a dark place when it came to my relationship with God. But watching the movie opened my eyes. I had been wanting to read the book ever since.

I am so glad I read the book, because there is so much more insight then what the movie could show.

Mack’s experience and everything he went through was very hard to read and I did cry. A lot. Maybe it’s the compassionate person in me, maybe it’s the mom, or the Christian. I don’t know but it hit me hard.

Not only did this book open my eyes and mind to God more, but I also taught me to hold my loved ones a little closer and a little longer.

Overall, reading this book, really opened my eyes to God, Jesus, and other things. But most importantly it showed me the meaning of forgiveness and that I am not the judge, and frankly I’m no position to be the judge either.

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