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: 




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14 Responses

  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.

  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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