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‘The Shack’ – CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation

‘The Shack’ – CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation

The Shack – 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] 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.


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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!

It touches on so many different inner battles and questions that arise in growing faith. Helps with explanations on how God forgives, loves and continues to be with us – even in our most darkest moments where it may seem as though He is not.

God ends up appearing in this film as 5 different versions of self – including the well known trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) as the main guides for Mack – the main character.

This film showed ‘God’ in numerous nationalities as well as both man and woman, which seems to have caused some controversy over the numerous instances ‘God’ was portrayed as a woman. I can see how this would perhaps bother some folks, though as we already know, God comes to everyone in different ways. He reaches out to us in the best way that we are able to receive Him, and at first, if ‘God’ had been a man in this film, the character Mack would not have been as welcoming or trusting considering his childhood that was shown in the beginning.

We Believe this is a must watch film!

There is just too much to be said about this film…

It gives light into who God is, and how God loves and forgives! As well as how all God really wants is a relationship with us – His children.

Sheds insight to a greater perspective, helps to expose the bigger picture of what may be going on. We only see what is happening in plain site, but God sees everything – the before, the after, and everything in between! – and knows everyone and everything inside and out! God can see past our emotions and desires to understand things in a way we aren’t always ready to. God is all knowing, and God is good.

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  1. Adrian In NZ says
    22 September 17, 5:11am

    I loved this movie just as much as I loved the book. No, it’s not completely theologically correct. It’s not supposed to be. It is a movie, not a documentary. The key messages that God is always good and that God doesn’t bring about bad situations come through loud and clear. If you’re a stickler for biblical accuracy, you won’t like this film. If you believe that God is all about punishing humanity for their sin, this movie will challenge you. If you, like me, have experienced the revelation of just how precious you are to God, and that God’s desire for humanity is for relationship and oouring out his love on us, you will likely love this film!

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