When Wm Paul Young first wrote THE SHACK, he did it as a Christmas gift for his family. He barely had enough money to make photocopies of it to give to them. Fast-forward to today, after the gift was published, sold millions of copies and now is in production to be a major motion picture.
In 2005, I was working three jobs to pay bills and put food on the table. And then I wrote a story for our children, at the encouragement of my wife, something that would "put in one place how you think, as a gift, because you think outside the box."
Take a look at those capsule descriptions on the New York Times bestseller list. Without ever reading the books themselves, they tell a pretty funny story about our efforts to cope with what lies ahead.
For Mack, and for us as readers, what transpires in the shack requires creative imagination not unlike that in any number of fantastic tales. But in this case the subject is far closer to home: the healing of a broken heart.