William Young originally wrote The Shack as a Christmas gift for his 6 children with no intention of publishing it. Friends encouraged him to publish the book and now The Shack has been the #1 paperback trade fiction on the New York Times bestseller list since June 2008. Young says the title of the book is a metaphor for “the house you build out of your own pain.” It’s an interesting read and offers some powerful yet simple explanations for Christian theology. The book is also raising some controversy among fundamentalist thinkers. Stay tuned for the movie version and check out the The Shack web site in the meantime.