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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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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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Restoring!

I didn't know what to expect because I didn't even know the story line. I was looking for a book to listen to for a long drive. This one jumped out at me and yelled 'Read Me'! So, I did. What a wonderful book! You won't be disappointed. This is the first review I have written. Don't normally do. Been a listener for 2 yrs and never written one until now!

112 of 145 people found this review helpful

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Sunday School Class

What disappointed you about The Shack?

It was not a novel but a Sunday School Class. No development of characters, no plot. Short book summary did not give a true description.

How could the performance have been better?

Reader did not do women's voices very well. His style would fit teen books.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that I used a credit!

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Religious book, not a suspense or mystery

This is a sermon with the authors view of how we should view death. Poorly categorized and represented by Audible

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Religiously wierd

Not a good rating
Too religiously weird
and goofy
Not recommended
Couldn't finish
Keep looking

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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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Problems with theology and writing

Others may go into detail on this but in several ways, The Shack misrepresents what's in the Bible. For those who are knowledgeable about the Bible it's not a harmful thing as it's easy to discern what fits and what doesn't. Those who are less familiar should not take this book as completely accurate and I encourage them to read more on the differences.

That said, I also had a problem with how the book was almost wholly dialogue driven. There's not much doing, just a lot of talking.

Parts of it were enjoyable but with such big content and writing style distractions, I would not recommend it.

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Healing all the guilt and shame...

I lived 40+ years with Lutheran guilt that clouded my relation with God. Amazing how one fable can crack that mile thick layer of shame and guilt!!

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A story that keeps you interested

What made the experience of listening to The Shack the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the narrator. I enjoyed the story. It made me cry one minute and smile the next.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I wouldn't say it kept me in the edge of my seat, but it was a joy to listen to.

What does Roger Mueller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Roger Mueleer is good at bringing the characters to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Overcoming sorrow through faith

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Absolutely phenomenal!!! Wish EVERYONE had a copy!

This book was hard to stop listening to. I love family and friends and knew the interruptions were necessary however I COULD NOT WAIT to finish listening to it! I sometimes felt like the characters (Trinity) were talking to me. This book was very well written! I am SO THANKFUL that the author shared this with others and was open to rewrites to make it the perfect compilation of everything (short way of saying it). I learned how to forgive and let go a long time ago. The funny thing is that my son who has had a difficult year is the one that read and recommended this book to me. Several times in different chapters I had tears streaming down my face because I knew this opened up a new world of healing to my son. My son had already allowed God to begin working "through" him before he ever picked up this book. This book has left a lasting impression on him that he can now share with his wife and use to teach his 3 young daughters. Thank you for sharing your life with the world Paul!!!

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  • Warren Pert
  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-17

Wow

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

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  • Ranjit
  • 05-01-17

An amazing, challenging and rewarding book. Enjoy

This book was recommended to me by my good friend Sue, from Singapore. what an amazing book! I am grateful for friends like Sue who thought enough of me to recommend a book like this to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-17

A story of pain, hate, love and laughter. A challenging read.

An interesting take on what a relationship with God could be like.
A story of great heart ache, trials, laughter and immense immense love.
Masterfully narated by Roger Mueller, really brining the characters to life.
Recommended.

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  • Andrew
  • 03-21-17

Amazing. Life changing

What a book. Unexpectedly heart wrenching & heart opening. Touched my soul & opened my eyes. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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  • Jen
  • 03-17-17

Amazing

Loved the book, and love that audible included the interviews with the author! so good!

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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!