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The Shack

Written by: Wm. Paul Young
Narrated by: Roger Mueller
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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Mackenzie Allen Phillips' 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 one wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

©2013 William P. Young (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Get a tissue!

LOVE! What a great book. Had me laughing and crying... So glad I listened to it before I saw the movie.
There are so many books I don't end up finishing, but this one I finished in a couple days it was that good! #Audible1

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A terrific spiritually touching story

The Shack #Audible1. This was one of the most inspirational stories I have ever listened to. It really makes a person question their beliefs. It drew me in completely. I can say that I am much closer to believing that there is more meaning to life than just what we see and feel in the here and now. Hidden messages continually have you questioning what you've just heard and it's meaning and it's relevance to you. I loved the way this book left me feeling high on life with a real feeling that I am not alone anymore. I would recommend this book to everyone. It helps people to fill a void in their lives that they never new existed. Great author, great book, I will definitely look for more writting by Wm. Paul Young in hope that he somehow shares his spiritual beliefs in other stories. He was truly inspirational.
Bev

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Good read.

I thought this book was going to go a different direction than what it did. Some very emotional parts articulated well. Narrator did a good job intoning the main characters feelings.

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The Shack

When I first started the book I almost shut it off. I am glad I kept listening it was a real story worth listening to. It gives you hope and belief in believing in life and of a greater power. Great author and the narrator was great.

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Do you actually have faith in the Lord?

This book is amazing it truly is the perfect mix between funny serious, sorrow that makes you think not just about ourselves but the pain of others. Throughout this truly inspirational and enlightening peace of art of which that you will, come to a realization where your trust and love should be placed, and that the Lord OUR!! Saviour does walk with us and love each one of us and even if you don’t believe his word of that which you are, you will even unknowingly begin to have faith if you are not so foolish as to wait until the day you shake his hand.

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Wow

This is just such a wonderfully written book. In searching for understanding of a higher power this book opened my mind to new points of view and incites. Very grounding and cantering piece of work. I just loved this read.

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Surprising

To be honest I bought the book because it was a great deal on audible. I had no idea of what to expect and truly appreciated everything about it. I quickly found myself “hooked” and couldn’t wait to get in the car to listen or lingered once I had arrived at my destination.

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I've listened to it half a dozen times

and I can enjoy it over and over. and so much of the perspectives in the religion aspect had always been similiar in my mind. great work!

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Life-changing

At first, it took a long time to get through this book. Listening to it on Audible was so helpful. There are so many “aha” moments in this book. Excellent listen!!

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Beautiful

Heart wrenching and world changing. Read this book with an open mind and you will find yourself loving God by the end. Or appreciating God more. #Audible1

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  • Joshua
  • 2019-02-19

Was unsure

I was unsure about this book because of what I heard regarding the theology. I don’t like regurgitating what I hear from others so I decided to check The Shack out on my own.....so I could properly criticize it. After listening to it I was left stunned and had to seriously rethink some of my theology. This is truly a awesome book!!

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  • Master Auto
  • 2019-04-07

enlightenment

as the writer suggests its tough to get through the first chapters, but we'll worth it to continue the amazing journey/transformation that Mack undergoes.

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  • Mark Z
  • 2018-12-05

Didn’t know it was Christian book

The story is really good until it got to the god section. It was ok and I decided to listen to the whole book just to see what a Christian book can teach me. It definitely taught me some things. I liked the ending as well.

The narrator is really solid.

In the last two chapters with the author interviews, it’s really interesting how the author made the book. I like how the author is a down to earth kind of person.

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  • R. Hendry
  • 2019-06-13

I'm not a Christian but I love this book

This book helped me learn to forgive. I read it many years ago and have never forgotten its lessons.

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  • LL
  • 2019-08-07

Very religious - not as expected from description

I saw a mention of God in the Audible description and though I’m not religious, I am open minded. This book goes far beyond a mention of religion though - after hours of listening to preachy rhetoric, I’m done with this audio book & can’t even finish it.

I wanted to hear the character’s story & instead it’s like the author is attempting to use this fictitious story to try and convert readers/listeners. The parts where Mack is basically told he’s nobody without God and that women are born of men to be man’s perfect partner sent me over the edge. These may be common themes in religion and are likely the reason I wasn’t brought up to be religious.

Audible - please emphasize the religious content of this story in your description so others who aren’t interested in this type of content don’t waste their money!

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  • Lita Dionne
  • 2018-11-11

must read

amazing book! a must read! changed my life. I cried, laughing and ached woth the characters

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  • K8088
  • 2018-11-04

Better late than never

What’s wonderful story, the beginning is tough but push through, many of us have had horrible loss,the story takes us to a place of transcendence and the truth of our utter dependence on faith, no matter the ability to understand.

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  • LucySue
  • 2016-12-30

Soul Changing

When my son passed away eight years ago, after some time of grieving it was recommended I read this book as a way to bring me to God and alleviate my grief. I had heard many good things but I was afraid - though I never really understood why. I found my way to God about five years ago and have had many encounters with him in my grieving process. I recently put The Shack on my Audible wish list and after seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie I knew it was time to "read" the book. I have never experienced such a profoundly positive effect from any piece of literature except for maybe the Bible. My eyes, mind, heart and soul are forever changed - I so look forward to continue growing in my relationship with God, Jesus and "Sarayu". Thank you - thoroughly enjoyed!

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  • eva fyrst
  • 2018-11-25

Life changing

An exceptional performance of the narrator, very involved and expressive!!!
A beautiful touching story that we can all relate to in so many different ways.
Life is all about getting in touch with our inner self.
Possibilities of great personal healing.

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  • Rachel C.
  • 2019-01-01

Deeply Disappointing, Dangerously Naive

I was willing to forgive a lot about the writing if the message was thoughtful and engaging. Instead, the writing was mediocre, and the part where there was supposed to be a transformative message was just weird, gratuitous, and fantastical. Personally grappling with God's role concerning deeply evil people and traumatic and cruel circumstances throughout my own life, I was hoping to find a strand of encouragement in my search to redefine a relationship between myself and Him. It took me a little over a year before I felt ready to read this book with an open mind, following some serious trauma through abuse, homelessness, poverty, and loss. The story addressed some of my questions (common ones among survivors of violent crime, parental alienation, childhood abuse, spousal abuse, and murder, etc), but instead of offering a path toward reflection based in scripture - or at the very least, a believable fictional scenario - it made a distracting mockery of them through the truly ridiculous and the vomitously formulaic. It made me angry, actually, with its overblown saccharine tones. Look people, Evil is a real thing. Some folks are evil, and irredeemable. They live among us. God is not the deeply and embarrassingly stereotypical black nurse maid, hand feeding blue jays on the windowsills, and who is "jolly-yet-mournful-for-yo'-troubles-honey-chile," and tucked magically within in idyllic scenery, as this book would rather have you believe. Get real. (And seriously? How did the author think this wasn't going to come across as naive at best, but still insensitive and tone deaf?) Understanding and coping with the reality of Evil among good is urgent to meaningful spirituality. This book paves over it, repressing one of the most critical driving forces behind Love; which is the willingness to truthfully identify and resist Evil. Disabuse yourself of the notion that everything and everyone is forgivable...unless you are prepared to forgive Satan himself, who doesn't even want to be forgiven, as he derives power and pleasure from being a malefactor. And that is pretty much what I think this book would have you do. Avoid.

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