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The Shack

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CFDb Review:

There seemed to be a lot of controversy surrounding this film, but after watching it ourselves – we think this is an amazingly well done – extremely thought provoking – Christian film!

A MUST SEE – Check out the CFDb Movie Review.

The Shack

Film Description:

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel with over 22 million copies in print worldwide, The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative journey that will show him the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.

The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey.

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] 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 [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Summit Entertainment presents a Gil Netter / Windblown Media production.

In 2010, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, described The Shack as a “wake-up call for evangelical Christianity,” and that its story reflected “a theology that is unconventional at best, and undoubtedly heretical in certain respects.”

He also blamed its popularity among Evangelicals on their ignorance of “basic theological knowledge.”

Young, who originally wrote the story for his family without intending to publish it, defended The Shack’s message and theology shortly after it was released.

“I absolutely am convinced that this is a God-thing, that God is the One stirring this all up, challenging us to rethink and entertain growing deeper in a relationship with Him rather than pursuing our independence”.

In 2011, Young added that “part of my journey is to say that the soul of the human being must be a massively intricate, wonderful creation that God has a respect for in ways that we do not and that leaves a huge amount of space to go explore. He (Jesus) didn’t come to start a new religion. Jesus is not the ‘founder of Christianity.’ He came to destroy religious thinking by introducing relationship – and relationship always moves you away from control, which is a major theme in both The Shack and Cross Roads, and into the mystery of relationship.”

Release Date: (Theaters) March 3, 2017

Release Date: (DVD/Blu-ray) May 30, 2017!

The Shack Study Guide: Help And Hope For Your Journey Through Loss, Trauma, And Pain

The Shack Official Movie DVD-Based Study Kit

The Shack Official Movie Church Kit

Film Cast

  • Sam Worthington … Mack Phillips
  • Octavia Spencer … Papa
  • Tim McGraw … Willie
  • Radha Mitchell … Nan Phillips
  • Megan Charpentier … Kate Phillips
  • Gage Munroe … Josh Phillips
  • Amelie Eve … Missy Phillips
  • Avraham Aviv Alush … Jesus
  • Sumire Matsubara … Sarayu
  • Alice Braga … Sophia
  • Graham Greene … Male Papa
  • Ryan Robbins … Emil Ducette
  • Jordyn Ashley Olson … Emily Ducette
  • Laura MacKillop … Amber Ducette
  • Emily Holmes … Vicki Ducette
  • Derek Hamilton … Mack’s Dad
  • Tanya Hubbard … Mack’s Mom
  • Carson Reaume … Young Mack Phillips
  • David MacKay … Preacher
  • Chris Britton … Church Deacon
  • Lane Edwards … Officer Dalton
  • Kendall Cross … Special Agent Wikowski
  • Jay Brazeau … Tony
  • Greta Gibson … Teenage Girl
  • David Longworth … Older Camper
  • Ty Olsson … 1950s Mack’s Grandpa
  • Nicholas Holmes … 1950s Young Mack’s Dad
  • Leena Manro … Nurse
  • Kayla Fielding … Ally
  • Grace Netter … Girl on Bridge


  • Carolyn Adair … Singing Church Lady (uncredited)
  • Rob Compton … Murderer (uncredited)
  • Abie Ekenezar … Hiker (uncredited)
  • Raul Espericueta … Tourist (uncredited)
  • P.E. Ingraham … Bridge Tourist (uncredited)
  • Kathryn Kirkpatrick … Postmaster Annie (uncredited)
  • Nels Lennarson … Young Biker (uncredited)
  • Brayden Snow … Meadow Kid (uncredited)
  • Kayzhia Snow … Meadow Kid (uncredited)

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  1. godchaser says
    17 June 14, 10:22pm

    this is another example of this site presenting, promoting and providing secular humanism disguised as Christianity. This is not a Christian Film. Oprah dabbles in the occult and has a humanist new world order agenda….

  2. Annelie says
    18 June 14, 5:08am

    Not promoting it, we list films marketed to Christians – Oprah is the actress only. The Shack is a VERY popular book that made its way to the Christian world. Once we can actually review the film, we’ll talk more about it. I haven’t read the book. I spoke to someone that had and it didn’t sound like a book I would ever read so I don’t promote this film at all, just listing it. We will place warnings about it though.


  3. Adria Jackson says
    07 October 16, 2:06am

    I am interested in seeing this movie, but there were a lot of valid theological criticism pointed at the book –
    Obviously, it is OK to make any kind of movie, but to label it as Christian is misleading, I think.
    Anyway, only 5 months left – – and we can see for ourselves what is and what isn’t in this movie. But I am pretty sure I would want to read reviews before spending any money on tickets.

    08 June 17, 8:40am


    All I can say is WOW …. no matter your background or how grounded you are in your faith, this is a must watch movie for everyone.
    The Love of God transcends all our perceptions.
    A stunning example of the unfailing Love that Jesus has for us. How the Holy Spirit is the comforter and helper as depicted in the Bible. And God in His absolute unfathomable, infinite, wisdom and mercy knows just what we need ….. “I always was, I always am, I always will be” ♥ ♥ ♥

    PROUD to say: TODAY I was WRECKED by GOD!!!

  5. Desiree says
    14 June 17, 7:07pm

    100% Agree! We absolutely loved this movie!
    The link to “oprah”, was that she was apparently supposed to have the Role of Female God originally I believe.
    Glad you enjoyed the film, we were thrilled to review it ourselves!


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