What is Mommy Reading? – “The Shack”

Obviously I was inspired to review this book from yesterday’s Book Hunt picture!  The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young, was an amazing read and a very unexpected read.  I had to read this for a book club selection, and I had no idea what this book was going to be about.  I thought it was going to be some sort of murder mystery, but instead it was a journey into religion.  I thought it explained religious views in ways I have never thought about them before.  I truly didn’t grasp what “the Holy Trinity” really meant until reading this book.  Religious or not religious, I think this is a good book to read for the understanding of faith, spiritualism, and religious beliefs.  It puts things into a different perspective. 

Here is a description of the book (book is 304 pages): 

Mackenzie Allen Phillips’s 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 this 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 wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.” – Amazon.com

Personal Rating:
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), I would rate this book an 8.5.  I really enjoyed the involvement of characters in the book, and how they each had a special relationship with the main character.  The parts about the main character’s daughter and the murder may be troubling to some people, but the real aspects of dealing with death are inspirational and peaceful.  I recommend this book, especially to those wanting to learn more about religion as a whole.  A link to Amazon is on the right sidebar of this page if you would like more information about the book, or if you would like to purchase it!  Easy as that!    

Have you read this book?  What did you think?  What rating would you give it?  Do you think people of any religion could relate to the spiritualism in the book?



  1. I read an interview with the author who explained he wrote it for his children to explain to them how faith can get you through anything, anything.

    The subject matter was tough, but in context to the message the book was attempting to convey it was appropriate.

    I loved this book and thought it embodied God’s desire for a relationship with each of us better than any other example I have ever read.

  2. I read it. I fOund it very difficult to read! I give it a 5/10

  3. I haven’t read it but from your description I’d love to! Seems like my kinda story :)

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