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Book Review on "The Shack by WM. Paul Young"

Updated on September 20, 2014

Nugget of Thoughts by WM Paul Young

“Each relationship between two persons is absolutely unique. That is why you cannot love two people the same. It simply is not possible. You love each person differently because of who they are and the uniqueness that they draw out of you.”
Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

Where Tragedy confronts Eternity

I was shocked with The Shack! That's what my reaction upon getting engrossed with the book of William Paul Young, page-by-page.

According to other people's reviews, it is very enlightening, fresh, helpful, healing to mention those positive outlook by those who have already read it.

On the contrary, it's been called controversial, unorthodox, heretical, blasphemous and other negative outrage upon reading it.

Some people loved it, some people hated it.

Some people buy cases of it and gave it away to everyone they know.

Some people have campaign against it: "Do not buy or read this book! It's from Hell!" (From Pastor Bob Marvel's TV show)

Upon buying the book, even with just the aid of candlelight due to brownout for a month, I was able to read it by just two nights.

I don't know. I must have been in the shoes of the main protagonist of this fiction.

Wintertime, Oregon;the icy-start of the first scene as Mackenzie Allen Philips is home alone and silently confronting The Great Sadness, always recalling the tragic loss of his youngest child, Missy, the difficult walk from the porch to the mailbox did hook me to the story by WM. Paul Young.

A letter from 'Papa'! That's what he got from the mail box. He even tripped down and got wounded at the back of his head.When his wife called, he even lied about it and the strange letter.

It's been four years ago when Missy got killed by a serial child killer. Her remains was never found.

And now, 'Papa' is reaching out to talk with her inside The Shack! And Papa according to his wife is the name or endearment she used to address God.

Mack, as he called by his friends, pondered on, remembering his childhood years with his drunkard father. He remember what he did to him just to escape his abuses with his mother, including his children.

The way back to The Shack was treacherous. With the help of his friend Jeff, Mack was literally back at the shack where his remorse against God started.

His belief became shattered as his youngest daughter, Missy was abducted and killed.

His eyes must be playing upon him as he saw the old, grumpy shack became as fresh as new-built house beside the lake.

The night in the shack was accompanied by 'Papa' as personified by big,Afro-American woman, a Jewish-featured man (Jesus himself), the carpenter and the mysterious Sarayu, the gardener.

The time was never important with the three.

Mack confronted God, literally and bare himself out, his frustrations and how those episodes in his life affected what his outlook about the Creator.

The conversations are so realistic, as to the interpretation of the Gospel by God Himself.

If you could read the book, twice or thrice or repeat it many times, we will understand that our existence does not depend on religious affiliations or the status we are in.

It's about our relationship with our neighbors, our family and ourselves.

Reading 'The Shack' at night

Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971 Taken: Sept. 05, 2014
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971 Taken: Sept. 05, 2014

Important Quotes by WM. Paul Young

The tears in my eyes rolled down as I continue reading the book.

I reviewed my relationship with the people I grew up with, my parents, my siblings, my neighbors.

As WM Paul Young said, during an interview: "Relationship with God is a process. It's unbelievable. There's a healing of your soul. That's the object of this faith. We are not designed to this ourselves."

“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person's throat......Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established.........Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. But should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation.........Forgiveness does not excuse anything.........You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness......”
Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

The Shack - William P. Young - Audiobook Full c/o TheHB AV

Getting to know the author

WM. PAUL YOUNG-The Author or THE SHACK (Photo Source:
WM. PAUL YOUNG-The Author or THE SHACK (Photo Source:

Up Close and Personal

William or WM Paul Young is the son of missionary-parents in what is now known as West Papua Guinea.

His childhood experiences were somewhat traumatic in the hands of indigenous people, who are known to sacrifice human lives during religious rites.

Back in Canada, those secrets became known only when he revealed it through his writings, including his wife and children.

A victim of child abuse, himself, WM Paul Young, even dropped out his seminary life and became a vagabond at times.

Until he met his wife who taught him the meaning of life with God, amid marital disputes (like having an affair with his wife's best friend).

Young currently resides in Happy Valley, Oregon with his wife. Young has six children ages 17–30, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.

The Shack Interview with Paul Young c/o miasria

WM. Paul Young's Books

  1. The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
  2. Cross Roads
  3. The Shack: Reflections for Every Day of the Year
  4. The Shack Revisited: There is More Going on Here than You Ever Dared to Dream with C.Baxter Kruger
  5. Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in the Portland Hub and Other Unexpected Places with Tony Kriz
  6. Cross Roads Reflections: Inspiration for Every Day of the Year
  7. De uitnodiging
  8. Saving Casper: A Christian and an Atheist about Why We Need to Change the Conversion Conversation with Jim Henderson and Matt Casper
  9. De volta a cabana with C.Baxter Kruger


The Author and the Review

WM. PAUL YOUNG, Author of The Shack (Photo Source:
WM. PAUL YOUNG, Author of The Shack (Photo Source:

Personal Awakening

I also created my own Shack.

It is where I literally feel safe while I'm alone.

But no!

The change in me should be with the help from God.

I will always say I am independent, but deep inside, I am not.

I still need the help of the Lord to make me learn how to truly love and forgive others.

The courage that emanates from me once reading The Shack is overwhelming.

I am more comfortable with myself now and I am able to show my humility to others.

And As We Cry...

I cry for forgiveness from God. I can never hide from Him, even if I am cocooned in my own shack.

“Don't ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.”
Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity


It a very nice book to share with your family, your friends, neighbors or even strangers as well.

The interpretation of the author, WM. Paul Young about God's relationship with His people is an eye-opener.

We are always conscious with our reputation in the church we belong but we never really practice what Jesus said when He already ascended to Heaven.


With all the religions mushrooming around the world, the so-called Christians (we are)are proud about our stature in community or the world.

How about other religions who also respect and hail God-heads?

Well, the explanation is in The Shack.

You have to read it.

You really must!

Let's go to The Shack

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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Dolores Monet: I agree with your perception or impression about the book. It is very enlightening. It opened my eyes to possibilities on how to meet the Lord when the time comes.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      This book has been sitting at my bedside for quite some time yet I have not done more than skim it. I really need to read it. From what I have heard and the little I read, I can not see what anyone has against it. It is about reconnecting with God after suffering from loss and doubt. By the way, I think they are making The Shack into a movie!

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Nadine May: Yes, he's aware of it. I think, he's too busy to visit my site yet. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Nadine May profile image

      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for this wonderful book review. I hope the author is aware of it? I do have the book on my bookshelf and read it years ago, but I must read it again.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Jackie Lynnley: Did you buy already? I hope you do. It's a very interesting read! Very Inspiring, too!

      Thanks for dropping by.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @billybuc: Thanks, Sir Bill. You always see to it that you drop by at my latest hub.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Does sound quite interesting. I just bought a book today and not had time to open it yet; but I will try to remember this one. In fact I will write it down now to not forget. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the book review. Looks quite interesting, and I'll probably check it out.


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