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Publisher's Summary

Mackenzie Allen Phillips' 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 this 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 one 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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5 out of 5 stars
By LucySue on 12-30-16

Soul Changing

When my son passed away eight years ago, after some time of grieving it was recommended I read this book as a way to bring me to God and alleviate my grief. I had heard many good things but I was afraid - though I never really understood why. I found my way to God about five years ago and have had many encounters with him in my grieving process. I recently put The Shack on my Audible wish list and after seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie I knew it was time to "read" the book. I have never experienced such a profoundly positive effect from any piece of literature except for maybe the Bible. My eyes, mind, heart and soul are forever changed - I so look forward to continue growing in my relationship with God, Jesus and "Sarayu". Thank you - thoroughly enjoyed!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 06-02-17

Bad theology and explanation of God, good story

Was really good up until he visits the shack with God. my wife couldn't stop listening to it as well up until that point.

The theology and explanation of God was inaccurate. most people who believe there is a God up in the clouds somewhere and that's it probably won't have an issue with this book. people who sincerely study the Bible and walk with God daily and in everything they do will cringe at a majority of it and someone new to a relationship with God will probably be confused.

Good concepts. Good attempt at showing how God goes out of his way for individuals and works with them.

it's clear though that the author is portraying his understanding of God in this which isn't scripturally accurate. it would of been easier for me if he did something like C.S Lewis and made God a lion or something fictitious.

everything before Mack enters the shack was Good and after he leaves the shack was good. I had to fast forward and skip the in-between time he had with "God" though which was a majority of the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 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 was one of the most memorable moments of The Shack?

The part where Papa put

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 chaharacter 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Warren Pert on 08-23-17


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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