The Shack

The Shack

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by Thomas Mulholland
     
 
It was our home away from home. It was a gathering point, a place to go when there was nowhere else to go. If you wanted to find a friend, the first place to look was The Shack.

What is 'normal"? And how does the past affect the present? In his early teen years, Tommy Carter's family falls apart. He finds something with his friends that he can't find with his

Overview

It was our home away from home. It was a gathering point, a place to go when there was nowhere else to go. If you wanted to find a friend, the first place to look was The Shack.

What is 'normal"? And how does the past affect the present? In his early teen years, Tommy Carter's family falls apart. He finds something with his friends that he can't find with his family; he discovers that peace of mind is found at the bottom of a bottle, even if only temporarily. Everyone drinks at the age of fourteen, right?

It's the late 1960s, and the world appears to be coming apart at the seams. Politicians continue to be assassinated, and the United States becomes embroiled in yet another war. The lives of four boys in a small Midwestern town mimic the turbulent times as their worlds crumble around them. Tommy and his friends (Jake, Mitch, and Ralphie) find that to survive, they must rely on each other-and alcohol.

The Shack is a first-person account of families destroyed and youth interrupted-of troubled times when a family history of alcoholism can affect lives in ways that are understood only many years later. It's a story of dysfunction, friendship, addiction, redemption, and eventual forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595350223
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,317,835
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Shack 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so moved by this book. It read it at a time in my life when i needed to see and feel a tangible loving, merciful God. Boy did i recieve that from this book. It blew me out of the water. It will always be dear to me for that reason.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and found many portions well worth writing down so that I will never forget them. I've bought the book for a friend and recommend it to everyone I can. It is unforgettable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must-read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A short but powerful novel. Disturbing childhood images but in the end we're reminded that forgiveness is the key to happiness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Shack was very depressing. I usually pass my books on others. This one made it to the trash can.
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SallyReader2 More than 1 year ago
Emotionally charged story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book!!! It was very interesting and thought provoking. I even had my husband read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Good story about relating to God. Easier than most think it is. He wants to be friends with us and our Pa pa!
Leslie50 More than 1 year ago
Not a big fan of this book, good concept but lousy carry through. I'll try another by this writer in hopes of better luck.
annalise123 More than 1 year ago
How would you like to spend a weekend with the Holy Trinity? What would you ask? What would you say? The main character in this book experiences this unique opportunity as he embarks on a supernatural weekend fishing trip that changes his life forever. The author very creatively portrays God as a black woman, Jesus as a middle eastern carpenter (duh!) and the Holy Spirit is an Asian woman. They converge on Mack attempting to show him the big picture that is life and their roles in humankind. I found that as the book continued, the author's view on religion and spirituality were oversimplified. I didn't agree on his belief that God loves all His children (Hitler?Stalin?PolPot?). Unfortunately, I borrowed this book from the library, so I didn't have the time or the inclination to delve into the heavy philosophies and spiritualities he was trying to communicate. This book is not a light read. It is very deep and thought provoking since it deals with the controversial subjects. In the end, the author tries to quickly tie everything up when Mack returns to his family a changed man and he announces to family and friends that he was visited by the Holy Trinity. Of course, they all believe him without question (yup!) and he lives happily every after. I guess if I was really interested in what the author has to say, I should read the book again but I won't.
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The Shack is a wonderful, provocative book, stimulating the reader to review the meaning of life, love and the human relationship with God. It is a great story. It is also flawed here and there. Any author who, even in fiction, implies a divine disdain for religion, institutions, and rules, is forgetting that without them he, himself, would have no knowledge of, or relation to the Triune God he so obviously loves. We are all deeply indebted to those, especially the Roman Catholic Church, who, however haltingly and flawed, kept alive and passed down through the centuries the One who enlivens us now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*pulls her away and hold her up in her hands* did you not hear what i wanted from my request?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is now gone ur such a di.ck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless you come from a back ground of alcoholic parents that beat you and you in turn turn into an alcoholic I don't see why anyone would want to read this. I heard through the "grapevine" that it was a great book was why I ordered it. Next time I'll check it out for myself and not trust the "grapevine".