In The Shack, Mack Phillips and his family suffer a devastating loss. Mack finds himself in a very dark place, but he comes to understand that the existence of pain and loss doesn’t mean God doesn’t care.
This is a thought provoking book. The main theme is God’s love for humans and His desire to have relationship with them. Some other ideas the author brings up are: God gives people the choice to trust and depend on Him or not, and evil results when people choose to be independent of God. The author also points out that God doesn’t cause bad things, or stop bad things from happening. However, He can and does use bad circumstances for His purpose.
Other issues addressed are how people tend to have preconceived and narrow concepts of God, how relationship with God isn’t dependent on our performance, and that forgiveness doesn’t make someone’s actions okay or mean you have to have a relationship with them.
I highly recommend reading about Mack’s journey of faith.