The Shack film in Canada, thanks to Ministry Partners

We are privileged to be working on The Shack movie in conjunction with Entertainment One Canada. Entertainment One have been great to work with and W Paul Young has been an excellent support to us and to the ministries in Canada.

With over 22 million copies sold, and 105 weeks spent on the New York Times and 49 weeks on the Globe and Mail’s best-sellers lists, The Shack arrives in theatres on Friday, March 3rd.

The Shack shares the story of a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips

[Sam Worthington] spirals into a crisis of faith. After receiving a mysterious letter, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

A Great Ministry Tool
Although the book has raised controversy, many have appreciated the story’s parable and The Shack has served as the cornerstone for many readers’ journeys of healing and a reconnection with God. The Shack provides a compelling platform from which to engage in a discussion and exploration of who God is, and how he cares.

Paul Young was asked: Why do you think your book appealed to so many people?

His answer: Because it deals with difficult issues and does so as a human being and not a religious person who relies on platitudes, principles and formulas. The Shack gave people a language to have a conversation about God that wasn’t religious, but RELATIONAL and had the respect to allow the reader to hear for themselves. It also validated the holiness of people’s stories and the preciousness of their tears. [Source]

Meet Our Film Partners
Baker Publishing Group publishes high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers. They are dedicated to bringing great Christian resources to Canada, and the world.

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading US trade publisher and a division of the third largest trade and educational book publisher in the world, Hachette Livre. The Mission of the Hachette Book Group is to publish great books well.

Grace Walk Canada: Grace Walk Ministries is the teaching and training ministry of Steve McVey which exists for the purpose of sharing the life of Jesus Christ with others and to help Christians discover the freedom of their new life in Christ.

Brad Jersak: through his books and seminars, Brad teaches that anyone can learn to hear God’s voice through the simple practice of ”listening prayer.” Those who practice listening prayer find that God’s love heals wounded hearts and empowers them to heal this broken world.

Plain Truth Ministries proclaims authentic Christianity without the religion. Work is Christ-centered, based on God’s amazing grace, giving hope to those burned out by legalistic religion.

Shalem Mental Health Network, we seek to restore hope.  We recognize that hope often emerges in lament (see the Biblical Psalms of Lament). It is a privilege to be invited into spaces of deep pain and healing- and there to encounter the God of living hope and the extraordinary courage of people.

World Vision Canada: World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We are a global community of tens of millions of people in nearly 100 countries, forming one of the world’s most powerful forces for good. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender and we are passionate about seeing children thrive. We refuse to believe that poverty is too big or too difficult to overcome.

SoChange is a team of experts empowering and equipping both Canadian businesses and charities to maximize their impact for social good. We help you and your team to create the kind of healthy, dynamic change that makes your team better – and makes the world better.

Come to “The Shack” Premiere Thursday Night!
“The Shack” will release with an exclusive one-night-only premiere night on Thursday, March 2nd.

“The Shack” Opens Friday Night!
On Friday, March 3rd, it will release everywhere across Canada! Theatre listings available here.

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The Shack Film Based On Best-Selling Book Will Be In Theatres Across Canada March 3

The Shack Film based on the best-selling book will be in theatres across Canada March 3, 2017

The Shack FilmWATERLOO, ON – February 2, 2017 – From the producers of Life of Pi and The Blindside and based on one of the top 100 best-selling books of all time with over 22 million in print worldwide, The Shack takes us on a father’s life-transforming journey that will show him the ultimate truth about love, loss and forgiveness. With Canadian distribution through Entertainment One, the highly-anticipated film will release broadly across the country on March 3rd, 2017, with special premiere nights on March 2nd in select cities.

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips

[Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression, “the great sadness,” that isolates him from his family and his closest friend Willie [Tim McGraw] and causes him to question his innermost fundamental beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.

Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

The Shack is a modern-day parable that brings to life deep spiritual truth and provides the path for healing through impossible tragedy. For all those who have wondered where God is in their pain, for those who have questioned if God is there at all, The Shack presents an unforgettable encounter with a divine love that promises to never leave us.

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 “It was incredible.”
– Michael W. Smith, Grammy-Award Winning, Platinum-selling music artist

“I want to KNOW God like that! Powerful.”
– Chip Gaines, Host of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”

“The film will do a lot to point a world desperately looking for answers to a God who loves and cares.”
– Bob Waliszewski, Plugged In (Focus on the Family)

“Beautiful! Loved the imagery of the Trinity! Loved the whole film and the way it made me think about forgiveness, even in my own life.”
– Dylan Thomas, Hillsong United

“Even without reading the book, many can find healing by taking Mack’s journey through this film.” 
– Anthony Begonia, The Salvation Army

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