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William P Young was born in Canada and raised until the age of six by his missionary parents in Netherlands New Guinea, (West Papua), amongst the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. They became his family and as the first white child and outsider who ever spoke their language he was welcomed into their culture and community. He then returned to the West and after attending thirteen different schools, he paid his way through college with a series of jobs including being a disc jockey and a lifeguard. He now works as a general manager, janitor and inside sales guy for a friend who owns a small manufacturers rep company. He lives in Oregon, USA with his wife and six children. He has extensively written for business, but had no thought or intention of becoming an ‘author’. THE SHACK is his first book.
A very well written novel about a father's and a families grief after the murder of their youngest child. When Mack feels God has deserted him he receives a note, seemingly from God, and goes on a journey that helps to relinquish the anguish and blame he has been carrying around. Told with tenderness, as well as humour, this is a spiritual book but even if you are not particularly religious there is still a lot to gain from this moving and uplifting novel.
Mackenzie Allen Phillips's 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 this 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 wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.