The Shack: Finally Finished!

Finally! I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent on this amazing piece of fiction in the past 16 months, from rewrites to edits to layout and design to putting up the website, but the finish line is in sight. I can’t wait to share this book with so many of you whom we’ve tortured over the last year by talking about a book few of you could actually read. Well, we’re about to fix that.

As I write this, the books are being printed about 25 miles from my study. We should have them in hand to send out even before our May 1, 2007 pre-publication date. We’re doing two releases on this book to help us generate some buzz that might encourage bookstores to carry this book. As you know we did not go with a regular publisher here because some of the Christian publishers we talked to wanted to change the most powerful parts of this story and secular publishers thought the plot was too ‘Jesusy’ for them! So, we’re depending on viral marketing, word of mouth and ultimately a work of the Spirit to take this book as far and wide as he desires.

Many people I’ve discussed this book with cast a suspicious glance when they think I am talking about Christian fiction. And I understand why. I read very little Christian fiction because most of the plots are too predictable, the answers very religious and the characters often one-dimensional with plastic answers for life’s difficult challenges. This is NOT that book. In fact when many of those I talked into reading it, finished with it they wanted 10 or 20 more copies for their friends and family.

When I first read The Shack it reminded me of a young Lewis or Tolkien, and I realize that is high praise indeed! I’ve now read it seven or eight times and I love what this book says about the God I love so deeply!

If you’d like to pre-order a copy you can do so now at the Lifestream Book Page. You’re also welcome to vist TheShackBook.com where you can sample a couple of chapters and find out what others who’ve pre-screened this book have to say about it. I just got another one today by Bart Campolo, Founder of Mission Year, who wrote:

My biggest disappointment with Christian books is that almost all of them seem to say the same things in the same way. Not so with The Shack! It reads like no other book, and tells a story I guarantee you have not heard before. Enjoy the adventure!

Even you are even one tenth as blessed by this book as I have been, you’ll still consider it money well spent. And when you read it, I’d love to hear how it touched your life too.

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  1. Kevin April 16, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Wayne:

    Congratulations! Well done to all the folks at Windblown Media who were involved in the project. My first order has been placed. I look forward to giving this out now to some people who have heard me talk about “The Shack this…” and “The Shack that…”

    May God bless this work and begin working even now in the hearts of the first 100,000 people that will love him more as they learn how loved they are by him.

    – Kevin

  2. kent April 16, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    I was one that was afforded the opportunity of reading this book. I have been through it 3+ times now. I say 3+ times because I find myself pulling it out of my file cabnet to just read again a chapter that has been on my mind. How many works of fictions can you randomly pick up to just read a chapter?

    This book has evolved in ways like I have never experienced in any other book. Here is what I mean by that. After the first read, for me I kind of forget what the main story was really about . The main story was so complelling the first time through I just couldn’t put it down. Like Peterson says, it is that good. The second time through, what I would call the hiddeness of the book just grabbed me. The third time something different. This is not a one-time-read book. I encourage you to read it when you get it into your hands many times. Deep things within myself were reveled is such gentle ways. I read it during the most vulnerable time of my life. Thanks Wayne. Father was using so many things to get at me and set me free. The Shack was one of those tools in the hands of Father. This book will be forever a part of who I am.

  3. Kevin April 16, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Wayne:

    Congratulations! Well done to all the folks at Windblown Media who were involved in the project. My first order has been placed. I look forward to giving this out now to some people who have heard me talk about “The Shack this…” and “The Shack that…”

    May God bless this work and begin working even now in the hearts of the first 100,000 people that will love him more as they learn how loved they are by him.

    – Kevin

  4. kent April 16, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    I was one that was afforded the opportunity of reading this book. I have been through it 3+ times now. I say 3+ times because I find myself pulling it out of my file cabnet to just read again a chapter that has been on my mind. How many works of fictions can you randomly pick up to just read a chapter?

    This book has evolved in ways like I have never experienced in any other book. Here is what I mean by that. After the first read, for me I kind of forget what the main story was really about . The main story was so complelling the first time through I just couldn’t put it down. Like Peterson says, it is that good. The second time through, what I would call the hiddeness of the book just grabbed me. The third time something different. This is not a one-time-read book. I encourage you to read it when you get it into your hands many times. Deep things within myself were reveled is such gentle ways. I read it during the most vulnerable time of my life. Thanks Wayne. Father was using so many things to get at me and set me free. The Shack was one of those tools in the hands of Father. This book will be forever a part of who I am.

  5. Dave April 17, 2007 at 9:05 am

    So exciting to see The Shack finally come off the press. I’m looking forward to the response and impact it will have. If this book doesn’t impact the reader to the point of hungering more for this God of Wonder and Love then one needs to check his pulse.

    Awesome!

  6. Dave April 17, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    So exciting to see The Shack finally come off the press. I’m looking forward to the response and impact it will have. If this book doesn’t impact the reader to the point of hungering more for this God of Wonder and Love then one needs to check his pulse.

    Awesome!

  7. unterwegs November 2, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    The Shack – Die Hütte…

    „The Shack“ von William P. Young ist ein erstaunliches Buch. So wie „Der Schrei der Wildgänse“ ist auch dieses Buch in Romanform geschrieben, jedoch total anders!
    Mir fehlen die Worte dieses Buch zu beschreiben. Deshalb lasse ich erst ein…

  8. unterwegs November 2, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    The Shack – Die Hütte…

    „The Shack“ von William P. Young ist ein erstaunliches Buch. So wie „Der Schrei der Wildgänse“ ist auch dieses Buch in Romanform geschrieben, jedoch total anders!
    Mir fehlen die Worte dieses Buch zu beschreiben. Deshalb lasse ich erst ein…

  9. Corlia Fourie May 16, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I’ve read the book and it’s a verry good book how can I find out more about the book?

  10. Corlia Fourie May 16, 2009 at 4:34 am

    I’ve read the book and it’s a verry good book how can I find out more about the book?

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