The Shack by William P. Young
“The Shack” is, to say the least, a very interesting book. Allen Philips’ family has had a terrible family tragedy for which he blames himself. Unable to move past this unfortunate event, Allen one days finds a letter in his mailbox from God, inviting him to the same abandoned shack where the worst event of his life took place.
Through Allen’s interaction with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, “The Shack” wrestles with the question of where God is when bad things happen to us, why those bad things are allowed to happen to us at all, and the whole idea of the Trinity. The theology certainly won’t jive with everyone’s personal beliefs, but it does raise some interesting questions and I can see why it has been such a phenomenon (as of the time I’m writing this, it is #5 on Amazon’s list of best selling books).
The premise and execution are very interesting, if the questions above hold an interest for you. The writing is pretty mediocre though, not anywhere approaching terrible, but definitely not great.