Aviv Alush, Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Sumire Matsubara in Lionsgate Films’ The Shack (2017). Inset: The original book cover. (Photo: Lionsgate Films)
By Albert Mohler
THE PUBLISHING WORLD sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Young’s The Shack has now exceeded even that. The book, originally self-published by Young and two friends, has now sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages. It is one of the best-selling paperback books of all time, and its readers are enthusiastic.
According to Young, the book was originally written for his own children. In essence, it can be described as a narrative theodicy, an attempt to answer the question of evil and the character of God by means of a story. In this story, the main character is grieving the brutal kidnapping and murder