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The Shack
By 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!


Here's what a reader had to say:

"'The Shack' provided an interesting perspective I hadn't previously considered. It's certainly thought-provoking."
--Jane, Wildwood, FL

Discussion Questions

If you received a note in your mailbox like Mack did, what would you have done and why?

What do you think of the author's description of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? How would you describe it? How do you see God?

The author gave God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit a sense of humor. How did that sense of humor and how they related to Mack make you feel and why?

What do you think the author's main objective is with Mack's story?

Discuss our (as humans) relationship with God and each other. What are your perceptions and why?

How did some of Papa's comments about Mack illustrate His concern for us?

Have you ever had a hard time forgiving and could you relate to Mack's struggle and how Papa helped facilitate the forgiveness?

Have you ever gone through your own "Great Sadness" and if so, how did you handle it and what or who helped you through?


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