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Beth's Reviews: The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

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Publisher: Windblown Media

Released: June 20, 2008

Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Christian

Length: 298 pages

Format: ebook , paperback, audiobook

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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.

Five (Huge) Boundless Stars

I never thought I would ever say this about a fiction novel; The Shack was life-changing! Young offers a refreshing change from the typical “I talked to God” book; and believe me, I’ve read them all. I love the story, the characters, the writing style; well… it would be easier to say there’s nothing about this book I did not like.

I’ve noticed that every parent of an angel has their own story, and the grief process is different for everyone; however, the death of every child changes the parent’s life in a huge way. Personally, I found The Shack to be an extremely therapeutic read; it will benefit anyone who had lost a child. In MOST cases, families who were not faithful before the loss, become extremely faithful after. On the other hand, the faithful families’ relationship with Christ is strained with anger and a newfound loss of connection and trust.

I lost a baby in late 2012, and since then, I’ve personally struggled with loss of connection with Christ, as a result of anger and fear. I have become consumed with finding the answer to the question everyone asks when a child is lost; WHY? I’m NOT going to say this book will offer the answer to the big question; but it will help those grieving see the bigger picture.

I’ve shared a LOT of personal information in this review in hopes of helping other “Angel Parent’s.” I can’t end this review without sharing my favorite part of this story; when God tells Mack the Bible was not meant to be a book of impossible rules, it is simply a picture of Christ. AWESOMELY PERFECT!

I absolutely LOVED this book and give it a HUGE 10 stars out of the available 5 Boundless stars! Yes, I created FIVE EXTRA Stars just for this book. Can I do that?

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