The Shack is about a man named Mackenzie Philips, who has an encounter with God and is saved through a tragedy. Mack, short for Mackenzie, takes his children on a camping trip, just for the fun of it, and to get away from civilization. While they were there, his two sons were on a canoe and accidently flipped it. One of his sons almost drowns but Mack runs out into the lake to save him. Not thinking before he did that, he left his little daughter Missy by herself at the campsite. As he was running back to get her she was gone. He called the police, they searched and searched, they found evidence that Missy had been abducted. She had been killed by a serial killer known as “Little Ladykiller.” The police found a shack up in the woods and found Missy’s clothes covered in blood, but there was no body.
Mack was devastated, he didn’t know what to do with his life after that. His daughter just got killed and he’s putting the blame on himself and God. Four years later, Mack gets a letter in the mail and it reads, “Mackenzie, It’s been a while. I’ve missed you. I’ll be at the shack next weekend if you want to get together. –Papa.” Mack first thought it might be his father, but remembered his wife referred to God as Papa. That next weekend Mack and his family left to visit relatives. Mack decides to go to the shack, his darkest nightmare.
While Mack looks around, he finds nothing. As he starts to walk back, he is approached by the trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Right then and there his life was changed forever. He spent the rest of his weekend up at the shack with Papa.
When it was time for Mack to leave, Papa took Mack on a hike and Papa revealed to him where Missy’s body was. It was in a cave out in the wilderness. After Mack starts to leave, he gets in a car accident and almost kills himself. While he was in the hospital ready to leave, he realizes he got in that car accident the same day...
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