The Shack – a novel by William P. Young

One of the priests at my church was raving about how inspirational this book was, so of course, I had to read it too.

At first, I thought it would be boring. If the book had skipped over the “foreward” explaining the premise of the book, I don’t think many would have really read past the first few pages. Chapter 1 begins with a description of the landscape, which is one of my pet peeves with books, and for the first two pages, it’s a little slow, but picks up speed quickly.

I finished the book in a night. Warning: it’s a tearjerker, and unless you have a heart of stone, you will probably end up crying. Have tissues close by.

The book is aimed at a Christian audience, but I think it transcends that one religious category. You don’t have to be a Christian to have experienced the tragedy the characters in the book experience, and you definitely don’t have to be a Christian to benefit from the wisdom shared in the pages.

I’d literally recommend this book to everyone. It can easily be read in one weekend and I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t benefit from the heartwarming and hopeful story.

Check out the book’s website if you’re interested! ๐Ÿ™‚

7 thoughts on “The Shack – a novel by William P. Young

  1. I checked out the reviews on Amazon . . . 771 readers gave it a “1” rating for what sounded to be good reasons.

    So, I guess it’s not for everyone. But, then again, what book is?

    Glad you enjoyed it, Maggie.


    1. Good point. I looked at the reviews and I do agree with the people saying the theological/philosophical views in the book are somewhat weak. It’s not a book I’d really read deep into – I’d take it for what’s on the surface, like I said – a heartwarming and hopeful book. And I would still recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I am a Christian but when I read that book a while ago, I was so skeptical about it. Some of the theological arguments are inline with the scriptures, I think but I’m not sure about the whole premise of someone experiencing something like that. Sure it’s fiction but I cannot help but criticize the book.


    1. I wasn’t reading it for the theological arguments – for me, it was just a quick read that was enjoyable and had a message of hope. I think it served that purpose quite well. Thanks for your comment – I always like hearing others’ thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚


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