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When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a
theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of The
Shack. This book has the potential to do for our generation what
John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his. It’s that good!
Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus Of Spiritual
Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
If God is all powerful and full of love, why doesn’t He do
something about the pain and evil in our world? This book
answers that age old question with startling creativity and staggering
clarity. By far one of the best books I have ever read.
Wrapped in creative brilliance, The Shack is spiritually
profound, theologically enlightening and life impacting. It has my
highest recommendation. We are joyfully giving copies away by the
Steve Berger, Pastor
, Grace Chapel
Riveting, with twists that defy your expectations while
teaching powerful theological lessons without patronizing. I was crying
by page 100. You cannot read it without your heart becoming involved.
The Shack is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the
very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been
indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young
opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself.
With every page, the complicated do’s and don’t that distort a
relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost for the first time in my life.
Patrick M. Roddy, Emmy Award Winning Producer of ABC News
This book eloquently captures the shift from being highly
responsible people in a religious system, to walking in intimacy as we
respond to the fragrance of Christ in daily life.
Arthur Burk, Sapphire Leadership Group, Inc.
Finally! A guy-meets-god novel that has literary integrity
and spiritual daring. The Shack cuts through the clichés of both
religion and bad writing to reveal something compelling and beautiful
about life’s integral dance with the divine. This story reads like a
prayer—like the best kinds of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and
transparency and surprise. When I read it, I felt like I was
fellowshipping with God. If you read one work of fiction this year, let
this be it.
Don’t miss this! If there’s a better book out there
capturing god’s engaging nature and his ability to crawl into our
darkest nightmare with his love, light and healing, I’ve not seen it.
For the most ardent believer or newest spiritual seeker, the shack is a
My biggest disappointment with Christian books is that
almost all of them seem to say the same things in the same way. Not so
with The Shack! It reads like no other book, and tells a story I
guarantee you have not heard before. Enjoy the adventure!
Bart Campolo, Founder of Mission Year
An exceptional piece of writing that ushers you directly
into the heart and nature of god in the midst of agonizing human
suffering. This amazing story will challenge you to consider the person
and the plan of god in more expansive terms than you may have ever
The path to God is paved with questions—sometimes
frightening and deeply painful ones. While reading The Shack I realized
the questions unfolding in this captivating novel were questions I was
carrying deep within me. True freedom is born from facing those things
we feel we don’t have the courage or strength to face. The beauty of
this book is not that it supplies the reader with easy answers to
grueling questions, but that it invites you to come in close to a God
of mercy and love, in whom we find hope and healing.
This book goes beyond being the well written suspenseful
page-turner that it is. Since the death of our son Jason the lord
has led us to a small number of life-changing books and this one heads
the list. When you close the back cover you will be changed.
Dale Lang, (rockcanada.org),
father of student killed in Columbine copycat shooting
This is my most favorite book that I have ever read.
Jordyn Foster, 12 years old (Estacada, OR)
You will be captivated by the creativity and imagination of
the shack, and before you know it you’ll be experiencing god as never
before. William young’s insights are not just captivating, they
are biblically faithful and true. Don’t miss this transforming
story of grace.
The main story was so
complelling the first time through I just couldn’t put it down. The
second time through, what I would call the hiddeness of the book just
grabbed me. The third time something new and different. When you get it
into your hands, I encourage you to read it many times. This is not a
one-time read and it will be forever a part of who I am.
Your work is a masterpiece! There are tears in my eyes and
a lump in my throat. All I can think of is the others that need
to read your words and I’m just as convinced that each one that reads
it has those who also need your words.
Chyril Walker, Ph.D.
Great book! I totally enjoyed it and found some parts of it
needed to be read more than once because the words were so “right on”.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated reading The
Shack and how much it has meant to my wife and me. We lost a
son in an accident years ago and this story brought comfort and
healing. I dealt with the questions this book addresses
every day and know you could not have written it without dealing with
the reality of loss in your own life.
Dave Coleman, retired Hospice Chaplain
I read and wept and slept and read again. I am full
of words, inexpressible thoughts, shades and hues of hope and light and
Larry Gillis, pastor/counselor
Do you ever stand by the ocean, just close your eyes and
breath deeply, filling your lungs with purity? That’s what The
Shack is like. I’ve filled my lungs with clean, fresh air,
after choking on the stifling smog of religiosity. At times I had
tears in my eyes, and others I was laughing out loud.
Dale Bruneski, corrections counselor (Canada)
To sum up these experiences will take some time, but the
gist can be easily described in my thoughts which often repeat its
theme while reading The Shack... Feedback overload!
System shutdown imminent! Warning! Warning! Reboot!
Jim Hawley, teacher (Taiwan)