The Shack

Narrated by: Roger Mueller
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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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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Was unsure

I was unsure about this book because of what I heard regarding the theology. I don’t like regurgitating what I hear from others so I decided to check The Shack out on my own.....so I could properly criticize it. After listening to it I was left stunned and had to seriously rethink some of my theology. This is truly a awesome book!!

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enlightenment

as the writer suggests its tough to get through the first chapters, but we'll worth it to continue the amazing journey/transformation that Mack undergoes.

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Didn’t know it was Christian book

The story is really good until it got to the god section. It was ok and I decided to listen to the whole book just to see what a Christian book can teach me. It definitely taught me some things. I liked the ending as well.

The narrator is really solid.

In the last two chapters with the author interviews, it’s really interesting how the author made the book. I like how the author is a down to earth kind of person.

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I'm not a Christian but I love this book

This book helped me learn to forgive. I read it many years ago and have never forgotten its lessons.

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  • LL
  • 08-07-19

Very religious - not as expected from description

I saw a mention of God in the Audible description and though I’m not religious, I am open minded. This book goes far beyond a mention of religion though - after hours of listening to preachy rhetoric, I’m done with this audio book & can’t even finish it.

I wanted to hear the character’s story & instead it’s like the author is attempting to use this fictitious story to try and convert readers/listeners. The parts where Mack is basically told he’s nobody without God and that women are born of men to be man’s perfect partner sent me over the edge. These may be common themes in religion and are likely the reason I wasn’t brought up to be religious.

Audible - please emphasize the religious content of this story in your description so others who aren’t interested in this type of content don’t waste their money!

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must read

amazing book! a must read! changed my life. I cried, laughing and ached woth the characters

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Better late than never

What’s wonderful story, the beginning is tough but push through, many of us have had horrible loss,the story takes us to a place of transcendence and the truth of our utter dependence on faith, no matter the ability to understand.

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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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Life changing

An exceptional performance of the narrator, very involved and expressive!!!
A beautiful touching story that we can all relate to in so many different ways.
Life is all about getting in touch with our inner self.
Possibilities of great personal healing.

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Deeply Disappointing, Dangerously Naive

I was willing to forgive a lot about the writing if the message was thoughtful and engaging. Instead, the writing was mediocre, and the part where there was supposed to be a transformative message was just weird, gratuitous, and fantastical. Personally grappling with God's role concerning deeply evil people and traumatic and cruel circumstances throughout my own life, I was hoping to find a strand of encouragement in my search to redefine a relationship between myself and Him. It took me a little over a year before I felt ready to read this book with an open mind, following some serious trauma through abuse, homelessness, poverty, and loss. The story addressed some of my questions (common ones among survivors of violent crime, parental alienation, childhood abuse, spousal abuse, and murder, etc), but instead of offering a path toward reflection based in scripture - or at the very least, a believable fictional scenario - it made a distracting mockery of them through the truly ridiculous and the vomitously formulaic. It made me angry, actually, with its overblown saccharine tones. Look people, Evil is a real thing. Some folks are evil, and irredeemable. They live among us. God is not the deeply and embarrassingly stereotypical black nurse maid, hand feeding blue jays on the windowsills, and who is "jolly-yet-mournful-for-yo'-troubles-honey-chile," and tucked magically within in idyllic scenery, as this book would rather have you believe. Get real. (And seriously? How did the author think this wasn't going to come across as naive at best, but still insensitive and tone deaf?) Understanding and coping with the reality of Evil among good is urgent to meaningful spirituality. This book paves over it, repressing one of the most critical driving forces behind Love; which is the willingness to truthfully identify and resist Evil. Disabuse yourself of the notion that everything and everyone is forgivable...unless you are prepared to forgive Satan himself, who doesn't even want to be forgiven, as he derives power and pleasure from being a malefactor. And that is pretty much what I think this book would have you do. Avoid.

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  • 02-12-19

Incredible

This is one of those books i could read every two years or so, the audible version really captures the story well. Love it

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  • WRP
  • 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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  • Christo Nel
  • 08-18-18

A life changing book

This is the fictional book that changed my life and helped me to heal and discover the Triune God of Father, Jesus and Spirit. I always viewed them as different from each other, however The Shack allowed me to grasp that Papa was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, because we are his children.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-25-18

My Christian Journey Crystalised

This book has altered and restored my perspective of God and the God Head and given me such peace. I cannot stop listening to this book. Such Spirit filled insight. Thank you Mr Young.

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  • James
  • 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 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 character 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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  • 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.