A violent alcoholic who abused Mack and other members of his family. Before running away from the family farm, Mack fills all the alcohol bottles he can find with poison. When Sarayu gives Mack the ability to see as God does, Mack sees his father; the man has forgiven him for poisoning him and seeks forgiveness for his behavior as a father.
Mack’s Father Quotes in The Shack
The The Shack quotes below are all either spoken by Mack’s Father or refer to Mack’s Father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Windblown Media edition of The Shack published in 2007.).
For almost two days, tied to the big oak at the back of the house, he was beaten with a belt and Bible verses every time his dad woke from a stupor and put down the bottle.
Mack’s Father Character Timeline in The Shack
The timeline below shows where the character Mack’s Father appears in The Shack. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Mack was born to an Irish-American family in the Midwest, and his “overly-strict church elder” father was a vicious drunk. When thirteen-year-old Mack tearfully confessed in church that he had seen... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Tipping Point
Chapter 5: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Chapter 11: Here Come Da Judge
Chapter 15: A Festival of Friends