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Book Review: The Shack


A novel like this takes an open mind and pure stamina to read. It’s the kind of novel that changes you emotionally, testing the limits of your understanding and belief. Some might find they need to re-read many momentous paragraphs to fully understand the concept Young tries to put forth.

The basis of the story starts when young Missy is abducted when her father Mac and family go on holiday. The local police inform Mac that Missy was abducted by the notorious ‘Lady-Bug killer’. They track down an old shack in the middle of nowhere where they find Missy’s bloodied dress and on this find, they conclude that the infant has in fact been killed. The family journey home and all learn to come to terms with the awful event, except perhaps Mac himself who cannot relieve himself of his depression surrounding the event.

A long time later, Mac discovers a note in his post-box asking him to return to the shack. With his revenge in mind, Mac prepares to have the ultimate showdown between father and murderer. However when he arrives, Mac is surprised to be confronted by something much more life changing. Waiting for him in the shack is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit all in human forms. Together they all embark on a journey of self-discovery, spirituality and ultimately, love.

Ultimately it’s a story of a man being pushed to the edge of his human capacity and having the opportunity to re-gain who he is. In God he finds peace, love and forgiveness, things Mac had been without for a very long time. But for the reader, it gives Christianity and the question of God a whole new perspective, something some may love and others might not. For some this novel may hold the answers to everything you’ve ever wondered, and for others it might inspire a new path of discovery. If you’ve been looking for a novel to change how you think, or confirm what you believe, then this is it.

Written by Lauren Noding


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