Devout and God-fearing Christians who read The Shack will no doubt be up in arms over its apparent sacrilege. It challenges some absolute 'truths' that have been taught to most Christians, regardless of their denomination. That being said, if you take a minute and realize that this story doesn't purport to be anything but a fictional work discussing one man's encounter with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, you may just enjoy the book for what it is; a magical and beautiful sojourn, where a broken man finds freedom from the chains of hate he feels encasing his heart thanks to the brutal and devastating loss of his youngest daughter.
If nothing else, this story could help someone who has had grave and debilitating loss in their lives appreciate the importance of forgiveness and not giving up on the other treasures that remain after a traumatic event. Although not very well written, and borderline hokey at times, it’s still a heart-warming story.