The Shack by William Paul Young
I spotted this one last week sometime in the bookstore and loved the cover. The snow covered earth, the glittering sky – it was enough to catch my attention. The abandoned house/shack adds the mystery angle to the otherwise serene surrounding. I love how every piece of the picture comes together to make it look just perfect. Charming, intriguing, mysterious – it covers it all, I feel.
The summary of the novel is as follows, from Shelfari –
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 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.
As much as the cover fascinated me, the storyline didn’t do anything to add to that. I’m not too sure if I want to read it because the few reviews I read pointed out the book heavily rests on theology. Had it been more philosophical and not religious, I would’ve promptly picked it up, but looks like that might not be the case (I might be wrong here, since I read only a handful of reviews). Anyway, not too keen about reading this one anytime soon.