Book Review: The Shack by William Paul Young

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. I have been greatly blessed over the last few months to read one incredible book after another. This story definitely lived up to the hype!

The Shack by William Paul Young is absolutely one of the greatest books I have ever read. The lessons contained within can likely be found in a hundred self-help titles across the board, but the problem with those books is that reading a new rule to live by is completely meaningless if you have no context to put it in, if you can’t actualize it.

This story is about a man who suffers the most terrible loss, the abduction and murder of his youngest daughter, who is just a little girl at the time. Naturally, as a grieving father he curses God for allowing this to happen…he suffers, his heart aches, and his family has faced terrible tragedy. Any parent can imagine the horror and how damaging such a loss would be. And those who are not parents can surely relate at least in some way, associating perhaps their own deepest hurt with the tale.

This book presents the reader with the life-lessons that everyone in this entire world truly needs to learn, and it shares them through the worst experience a person can have. The first few chapters may leave you hoping that the synopsis on the back of the book is a lie, but it is better to accept the nature of the story and know that you may shed a tear or two during the first few chapters. Once you get into the thick of it…well, that’s where it gets amazing. Just read it! Don’t think about it – just get a copy in your hands and read it.

The Shack by William Paul Young


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4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Shack by William Paul Young

  1. Ahhhh, incredible! I put down the book to grab a snack and check the blog; alas, I found your post about The Shack. It is not the first time I have read it. Indeed, it is well worth reading again and again. Disappoint and anger, healing and hope: Life!

  2. Intriguing. I might have to check this one out. For some reason, it sort of sounds like “What Dreams May Come,” although I realize that’s probably a wrong assumption. Sounds like heavy stuff!

    • I remember seeing the movie of “What Dreams May Come” but I honestly cannot remember much about it, I guess it has been quite a while since then so I really can’t compare the two. But, Jeff, definitely check it out…it is kind of heavy at times, yes, but also so wonderful, so very heart-warming. 🙂

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