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“The Shack” is written by WM. Paul Young, who was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was New guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, and now enjoys the “wastefulness of grace” with his family in the a Pacific Northwest. He writes this story, it is a story about a man named Mackenzie Allen Phillips, known to all who are close to him as Mack. He and his family live on the outskirts of Portland. One year, during Labor Day weekend, he and his family go camping in northeast Oregon. On the last day of their trip, the youngest daughter is abducted. The trail of evidence leads eventually to an abandoned shack out in the middle of nowhere, where all the evidence indicates that she was brutally murdered by a notorious serial killer. Almost four years later, Mack receives a mysterious letter claiming to be from God and inviting him back for a weekend at the very same shack which was the epicenter of all the tragedy and suffering surrounding his daughter’s disappearance. Against his better judgment, Mack goes to the shack at the appointed time. What happens there, is…God appears to Mack there, in the form of a matronly African-American woman named “Papa” who represents God the Father, a Middle Eastern man named Jesus, and a smallish Asian woman named Sarayu who represents the Holy Spirit. Over the course of the weekend, Mack goes through a series of conversations and experiences with the persons who represent the three members of the Trinity. These conversations and experiences cover issues such as forgiveness, free will, judgment, why God allows evil in the world, and learning to trust God even in the midst of unspeakable suffering. Universalism is used throughout the book, and Young refers to it continuously. Universalism is the doctrine that emphasizes the…...

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