The Shack Book Review

Posted August 31, 2016 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in 3 star, book reviews / 1 Comment

The Shack Book ReviewThe Shack by William Paul Young
Published by Windblown Media on 1st July 2007
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 252
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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!

* book description from the back cover


I think I would have received this book better if I was religious. Some of it preachy and at times unbearable. I did appreciate some of the thought process about the way the world works and the reason for the suffering.

I think it dealt with a lot of people’s thoughts about God very well. It answers a lot of questions in a nice manner.


The tragedy that surrounds this book is truly awful, but I’m not sure whether I believe the rest of it. It seems to be farfetched and highly preachy at times. Some people might not like it but my The Shack book review will be honest regardless.

The story was well constructed, and it kept me hooked throughout. The way that the main character deals with his struggle was relatable and almost heart breaking. I did think that it became slow and over complicated at times.


There weren’t really many characters in this book and I’m not really sure I have a lot to say about them to be honest, because there was a lot to process. But this is the book blog life’s The Shack book review.


The main character. Missy’s father, he struggles with his relationship with God. I thought he was relatable in his struggles. The questions he asks of God are the ones that if you lost a child you would be asking.

His reaction to everything that happens is believable. He is sceptic and curious about it all. I loved his thought process throughout it all. He never gives up on what he’s there for.


God presents itself in three separate parts. Conveniently God breaks all the stereotype and turns up as a woman. This is the part I had a problem with, the token woman God. I struggled with the explanation, it could have been done better.

The character was interesting and it had interesting ways of explaining the things that everyone struggles with.

Would I recommend it?

No. Not unless you’re not into religion or at least interested in the different questions believing in God brings up.

Have you read this? What was your favourite part? Did you take anything from it? Let me know in the comments.

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