The Shack – Movie Quotes
Willie: Who wouldn’t be skeptical when a man claims to have spent a weekend with God?
Neighbor: Daddy’s aren’t supposed to do that to their kids. It ain’t love. You understand?
Young Mack: What do I do?
Neighbor: Talk to God. He’s always listening.
Young Mack, reciting as he’s being beaten by his father: Obey your parents in everything for this pleases the Lord.
Willie, narrating: 13 is way too young to be all grown up. The secrets we keep have a way of clawing their way to the surface.
Missy: If God is always with us, why does he care if we’re late for church?
Missy: Will I ever have to jump off a cliff?
Missy: Will God ask me to?
Mack: No, He won’t.
Nan: Mack, don’t forget we love each other.
Mack: You led me here and you don’t have the guts to show.
Sarayu: I collect tears.
Mack: Am I dead?
Papa: Do you feel dead?
Mack: Why did you bring me back here?
Papa: Because here is where you got stuck.
Papa (on why he appears as a woman): After what you’ve been through, I didn’t think you could handle a father right now.
Papa: I know what a great gulf there is between us.
Papa: Mack, you may not know this, but I am especially fond of you.
Papa: There’s no easy fix… It takes a bit of time and relationship.
Mack: You are almighty God… limitless power… You are everwhere… And somehow, you let my little girl [die]… You abandoned her.
Papa: I never left her.
Jesus: When all you see is your pain, you lose sight of me.
Mack: Because of you, she’s gone. Until you change that, I will never be free.
Papa: The truth sets everyone free, and He’s in the woodshed covered in saw dust.
Papa: No Mack, you misunderstand the mystery… Don’t ever think what costs my son didn’t cost me, too. Love always leaves a mark. I never left Him. I never left you. I never left Missy.
Papa: Birds are created to fly. You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. Living unloved is like clipping a bird’s wings. … This is why you’re here, Mackenzie. This is your flying lesson.
Jesus: Sarayu is creativity, action, the breath of life. She is my spirit and even if you can’t see it, you are in the center of our love and purpose.
Papa: Dreams are important. They can be a way of opening a window, letting the bad air out.
Mack: Everybody knows you punish the people who disappoint you.
Papa: No. Sin is its own punishment. … I’m in the middle of everything you see [as a mess], working for your good.
Papa: Mackenzie, you’re trying to make sense of your world... The real flaw in your life is that you don’t think that I am good..
Mack: Trust you?! Why would I do that? My daughter is dead. There’s nothing you can say that will make sense of that.
Sarayu: There’s something very special I want to plant here tomorrow, but to prepare the ground, we have to dig up all the roots.
Sarayu: Alone this will kill you, but combined with the nectar from this plant, it has great healing properties. …Tell me, how confident are you in your ability to discern right from wrong? Good from evil?
Sarayu: Yes, [the garden is a mess]. It’s wild and wonderful and perfectly in process. This mess is you.
Jesus: Religion is way too much work. I don’t want slaves. I want friends. Family.
Wisdom: Why are you surprised? You spent your whole life judging everyone… Choose one of your children to go to Heaven and one to go to Hell… because that’s what you think God does.
Wisdom: You judged your children worthy of God, even if it costs you everything. Now you know Papa’s heart.
Wisdom: God didn’t cause it.
Mack: He didn’t stop it.
Wisdom: He doesn’t stop a lot of things that cause Him pain… You want a promise of a pain-free life… [It’s not possible] as long as there’s free will.
Mack: Does she forgive me?
Wisdom: For what?
Mack: For not getting to her in time.
Wisdom: Missy doesn’t think that. Or Nan. Or Papa. It’s time to let that go.
Mack: Please don’t [take me there].
Papa: Son, we are on a healing trail to bring closure to this part of your journey.
Mack: I want to hurt him...
Papa: I know you do, but he is my son, too, and I want to redeem him.
Mack: So, you want to let him get away with it?
Papa: Nobody gets away with anything. Trust me to do what’s right. The pain inside you is crippling you, robbing you of [healing] and joy.
Mack: I’m still angry!
Papa: Of course you are! No one lets go all at once.
Papa: If anything matters, then everything matters.
Mack (to his oldest daughter): I was so lost in my own sadness that I wasn’t able to help you through yours. I’m really sorry.
Willie, about Mack now: He loves larger than most, is quick to forgive and even quicker to ask for forgiveness.
Other recommended resources for The Shack:
- Book Summary (think Cliff notes version)
- Building Bridges with The Shack (how to use The Shack as a tool to reach others)
- A Review of The Shack (What’s good about it. Why it’s been criticized. Is it theologically sound?)
- The Shack and the problem of evil
- Some other recommended links