Summary, Analysis, and Review of William Paul Young's The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity PLEASE NOTE: This is a key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Start Publishing Notes' Summary, Analysis, and Review of William Paul Young's The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity includes a summary of the book, review, analysis & key takeaways, and a detailed About the Author section. PREVIEW: The Shack is the story of Mackenzie Phillips, or Mack, whose daughter, Missy, is kidnapped on a camping trip and killed. Mack experiences a crisis of faith. God appears to Mack in the form of the Trinity and heals him. The book explores issues of grief, faith, evil, forgiveness, and God's presence in human lives. The book opens with a frame story by William Paul Young writing as himself. Young says he is a friend of Mack and his family, including his wife, Nan, and their children, Josh, Kate, and Missy.