Friday, September 5, 2008

the shack

Yesterday I was in Walmart and saw several shelves of The Shack. Maybe it's because I live in the woods but I've only started hearing the buzz about this book. The cover art is very intriguing - a snow-covered shack backlit by an unusually bright light and lots of stars. The #1 New York Times Bestseller - over one million copies in print, so the cover said. I bought it because it's written by a missionary's kid and I'm always thrilled when they make it big.

The author, William P. Young, (per back cover) was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult and now enjoys "the wastefulness of grace" with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

The novel has some interesting elements - a child's abduction and suspected murder, an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness, a suspicious note, and, interestingly enough, a ladybug.

I urge you to read this amazing book. In the words of Wynonna Judd, "this story has blown the door wide open to my soul." It's that good.


  1. I think I need to read that one! Sounds so good..........thanks for posting it. Hope you are having a good Friday. Thinking of you guys!

  2. I think you would love it - Mark, too. And Polly! Buy one and circulate it around. It's not very long either. Randy is reading it now. Let me know what you think!