Published in 2007, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity still resonates with many Christians, but the story behind the story is almost as fascinating. The Shackwas self-published by William P. Young, who at the time, was a hotel night clerk. He wrote the book to be a Christmas gift for his children, not intending to have it published. However, that all changed due to the urging of family and friends to have the book published.
The book was overlooked by many the first year it was in print, but soon this little paperback became a USA Today bestseller and was the No. 1 trade fiction seller on the New York Times best sellers list from June 2008 to early 2010. Since then, the book has been released in hard cover and translated into over 30 languages including Spanish, German, and Croatian. Over 18 million copies of the book has been published.