The Shack - review

I never read the best-selling Christian novel, The Shack by William P. Young.  I saw the movie based on the book over the weekend.

It's a moving story, beautifully told of one man's life - his hardships, his losses and reaction to perceived injustice.

Mackenzie (Mac) Phillips is the man at the center of the story. Like most of us, he perceives life and its ups and downs; victories and defeats; by how they effect him.

Judging comes easy.  His childhood included an abusive father who beat his wife.  Mac wants to help his abused mom and ultimately takes action as a judge, jury, and executioner.

We meet him again 18 years into married life and it appears to be going well with a beautiful wife and 3 children.

When tragedy strikes, Mac is unable to keep everyone safe.

He is angry.  It's a viral anger as the tragic event consumes the family.  Mac's anger is primarily aimed at God.

He meets God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The movie isn't trying to be scriptural, that's clear.

It's not intended to answer all the questions - it's just like other movies in that regard.

I think it rings true.  It was incredibly moving as I projected my life on the screen.  The message of grace, forgiveness, and trust is clear.

It's a movie which will start conversations.  Conversations worth having.

The Shack is worth seeing, I recommend it.