Friday 11 February 2022




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.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!

I think I picked this one up years ago because of the cover. It gave off a Richard Laymon kind of horror vibe. The book itself couldn't be any more different, though you can't escape the fact that the abduction and murder of a child is truly horrific.

Spirituality, faith, grief, loss, family, anger, healing, forgiveness - all present in spades.

Did I like the book? Not particularly, but then I don't have a massive faith in a higher power. I think the book spoke more to the cynic in me than in any sort of eye-opening, spiritual awakening, St Paul on the road to Damascus fashion.

If some people found comfort in the book and got something out of it. Well done, I'm happy for you. 

Not my vibe.

2 from 5

Read- December, 2021
Published - 2007
Page count - 256
Source - owned copy
Format - paperback


  1. That cover really doesn't say much about what's actually in the book, does it, Col. I haven't read it, but just based on what you've said, I can see how you'd have a totally different idea of what to expect. Well, as you say, it might exactly right for other readers. I must say, I don't think it's for me.