A few years ago I read The Shack by William Paul Young, after recommendations from several friends. Young told a radio host that The Shack “is a metaphor for the places you get stuck, you get hurt, you get damaged…the thing where shame or hurt is centered.” That made a lot of sense to me when I read the book. I was in a broken place … and I needed hope desperately. The Shack resonated with me in so many ways, but ultimately, it made me question beliefs I had and forge new understandings and connections with my own worldview.

Fast forward a few years and I’m in a much better place, but I still remember The Shack as being a beacon of light in a dark time. I’m going to have to dig out my copy and read it again.

Anyway, the movie is due out on May 25 and thanks to Studiocanal, I have three in-season double passes to give away. All you have to do is comment below by May 14 – tell me why you want to see the movie and whether you’ve read the book.

The competition is only open to Australian readers.


Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington, AVATAR) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer, HIDDEN FIGURES). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. 

Watch the trailer here: 



  1. I have not read ‘The Shack’ , but having read your post I will go tomorrow and find the book to read. I don’t know that everyone goes to that dark place , but I know I have and it forever changes your view of the world. I would like to see the movie but even if I don’t score the tickets I will be going to see it anyway. Thanks Monique for the heads up.

    1. Painful as it is, the dark place can be what helps us grow. You’ve won a pass!

  2. Wow, I had tears just watching the trailer. It was such a beautiful book – one that opened my eyes and made me question what are the truths and what are the illusions. Why do I want to see this film? – Purely because it was the first book that made me stop and think and encouraged me to find and develop my own relationship with God.

    1. I feel like it changed mine in a good way. You’ve won a pass!

  3. That sounds like an amazing impact on your life from this novel, Monique. Thank you for sharing your story. Now I want to read the book, but not necessarily want to see the movie. Thanks for the competition, though.

  4. Because I love Octavia Spencer and the great movie choices she always makes! 🙂

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