"The Shack" by Wm. Paul Young.
Published in 2007, I'd be surprised if you've not heard of this book. It's been the #1 New York Times Best Seller, and has over five million copies in print. People rave about it, and either love it or hate it. I loved it. I think the author did a wonderful job of both telling an enthralling story and making God real to the readers. It is not a "preachy" book, but it has a strong message of love and redemption. It's a very hard book to describe or categorize. It just has to be read and absorbed!
From the back cover:
"Mackenzie Allen Philips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
The Shack wrestles with the timeless question: Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him."
"The Shack is spiritually profound, theologically enlightening, and life impacting. . ." Steve Berger
". . . The beauty of this book is not that is supplies easy answers to grueling questions, but that it invites you to come in close to a God of mercy and love, in whom we find hope and healing."
"This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" did for his. It's that good." Eugene Peterson