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Thursday, February 13, 2014

THE SHACK: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity By Wm Paul Young, Wayne Jacobsen, Brad Cummings

The Shack by Wm. Paul YoungPublisher:  Windblown Media
Release Date:  2007
Pages:  252

Reviewed by WC

About the Book:  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 Shackwrestles 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!

WC's Review:  To receive the full attention of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in a beautifully appointed log cabin situated in a perfect paradise adorned with exquisite flora and fauna for two days is beyond words, even better than treading eternally on pathways constantly lined with gold. 

Mack knows he has to return to the scene of his daughter's murder in a rundown blood-stained shack, where he is transformed and led to behold purity. Hosted by the Trinity in an effort to assuage the hurt the abduction of his Missy has caused, Mack is awe struck by Papa, Jesus, and Saraya, all who answer his heart felt questions with love.

Living with the "great sadness," Mack struggles to ease his heart, for he blames himself for his daughter's untimely death, as does Missy's older sister Kate.

All of us concerned about our relationship with God, his son Jesus, and the mysterious Holy Ghost will find this book in the least entertaining, more so revealing, and at the utmost life changing.  5 Stars

Wm. Paul YoungWm Paul Young - William Paul Young was the eldest of four, born May 11, 1955, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, but the majority of his first decade was lived with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. These became his family and as the first white child and outsider who ever spoke their language, he was granted unusual access into their culture and community. By the time he was six, he was flown away to a boarding school.