There’s no doubt about it, The Shack by William Paul Young is a brilliant book. The author recalls the captivating story of a friend who experienced something incredible. After this friend (named Mack) tragically loses his daughter during a holiday outing, Mack’s life is tortured by what is referred to in the book as his Great Sadness.
The book tells the moving story of how Mack’s sadness is overcome by a miraculous and wonderful experience. One day, he receives a note that prompts him to visit a shack out in the woodland – a shack that brings back terrible memories for Mack as it is the place where his daughter was cruelly murdered. After agonising about the note, Mack makes the decision to revisit the shack, and what he experiences during his visit is out of this world.
I don’t want to go into details here (I want to avoid spoilers!) but Mack’s experience when he returns to The Shack is deeply spiritual. He has an encounter with the divine that is quite profound and unexpected, and the flow of the plot will keep you turning the pages with anticipation.
Although this book will appeal mainly to Christians, it will also be of interest to anyone with spiritual inclinations who marvels at the mystery of existence. The overarching theme of the book is that beyond the tragedies of this life there is a loving God who can and will (eventually) make sense of it all.
I would recommend this book to anyone, and I hope you will read it and enjoy it as much as I did.