Tim McGraw Talks God, “The Shack” and Heaven

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Tim McGraw is an A-list celebrity with a superstar wife and three beautiful daughters, but even he knows it’s his faith that’s given him the strong foundation to do what he does so well.

Tim is currently starring in “The Shack” with Octavia Spencer and was ultimately led to the movie after his wife, Faith Hill, had read the book. The script was sent to him not long after and he says he was in a complete “emotional meltdown” after reading it.


The movie (and book) is about a man on a journey to forgive God for letting the worst happen– he lost his young daughter. Eventually, he discovered his faith and found a way to forgive. It’s a journey Tim says he’s familiar with.

In an in-depth interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tim shared that he gravitates towards movie roles like this one because, “I came from a disoriented, dysfunctional family growing up. That probably instilled in me the need and want to have a strong family and a great foundation. That’s something I naturally gravitate towards. (I’m) just looking for a great story that moves and inspires you in a way (that) I want to be impacted viscerally.”

Tim also shared that this movie has allowed him to see God in a whole new way, a way that some moviegoers don’t agree with (Spencer plays God in the film), “I know if I told you what God looked like and felt like then I’d be telling you a story. I just think we don’t know. God manifests himself, herself or itself in a way that we need it, in a way that we can grab a hold of and a way that we can put our arms around. When I die and I’m lucky enough or fortunate enough and brave enough throughout my life to get into Heaven and I see Octavia Spencer sitting there then all is good.”