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Mr. Young Visits The Fort January 14, 2010

I’ve finally obtained some copies of the speech that William P. Young gave when he was here in Fort Wayne.  As the host pastor said, the speech was “Powerful.”  I’m amazed at the insights this man has into the heart of God.

He, of course, discusses his book, “The Shack,” and all the God-things that fell into place causing it to be the phenomenon it is.  He talks about some of the many testimonies of how this book has touched people, brought them closer to Father, and led people to Christ.  None of this is done in a “bragging” fashion, but truly shows how God has brought it all together.
He then takes audience questions (mine is about the 3rd one), and also addresses some of the criticisms about his novel.

Finally, he journeys into some very personal territory with the testimony about his failed and restored marriage, which has some strong similarities to the story of my wife and myself.
All in all, a funny, touching, uplifting, and insightful experience, leading to a deeper understanding of God’s love and amazing grace.

As I said, I have extra copies of this recording.  If you’re interested is listening to them, let me know.

— dave

Buy “The Shack” HERE.


Some Quotes From The Shack November 26, 2009

— Here are just a few quotes from “The Shack.”  If you haven’t read this book, don’t listen to the nay-sayers.
This book is, with no question in my mind, a God-thing. —
Buy it HERE.

“Does that mean,” asked Mack, “that all roads will lead to you?” “Not at all,” smiled Jesus…”Most roads don’t lead anywhere. What it does mean is that I will travel any road to find you.””

“All I want from you is to trust me with what little you can, and grow in loving people around you with the same love I share with you. It’s not your job to change them, or to convince them. You are free to love without an agenda.”

“So no, I’m not too big on religion…and not very fond of politics or economics either…And why should I be? They are the man-created trinity of terrors that ravages the earth and deceives those I care about. What mental turmoil and anxiety does any human face that is not related to one of those three?”

“Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved.”

“Just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn’t mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don’t ever assume that my using something means I caused it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.”

In seminary [Mack] had been taught that God had completely stopped any overt communication with moderns, preferring to have them only listen to and follow sacred Scripture, properly interpreted, of course. God’s voice had been reduced to paper, and even that paper had to be moderated and deciphered by the proper authorities and intellects. It seemed that direct communication with God was something exclusively for the ancients and uncivilized, while educated Westerners’ access to God was mediated and controlled by the intelligentsia. Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a book.

“”Sometimes honesty can be incredibly messy””

“I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.”

“We are not in a chain of command.  We are a circle of relationship.”

“Authority, as you usually think of it, is merely the excuse the strong use to make others conform to what they want.”

“Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself- to serve.”

Buy “The Shack” HERE.

Also read: Brief reviews of “The Shack.”


The Shack May 27, 2009

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What a great read.  There is powerful theology couched in this fictitious story.  I know it has helped many dealing with loss, suffering, and disappointment.  I don’t read much fiction, and would have missed the joy of reading this, if my wife had not recommended it to me.

My favorite quote is in reference to the Godhead: “We are not a chain of command, we are a circle of relationship.”  Wow.

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Here’s more from other readers:

The Shack is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself. With every page, the complicated do’s and don’t that distort a relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for the first time in my life.
(Patrick M. Roddy, Emmy Award Winning Producer of ABC News)

When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of The Shack. This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his. It’s that good.
(Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus Of Spiritual Theology,
Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.)

Don’t miss this! If there’s a better book out there capturing god’s engaging nature and his ability to crawl into our darkest nightmare with his love, light and healing, I’ve not seen it. For the most ardent believer or newest spiritual seeker, the shack is a must-read.
–Wayne Jacobsen, author of So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore

Riveting, with twists that defy your expectations while teaching powerful theological lessons without patronizing. I was crying by page 100. You cannot read it without your heart becoming involved.
(Gayle E. Erwin, Author The Jesus Style)

You will be captivated by the creativity and imagination of the shack, and before you know it you’ll be experiencing god as never before. William young’s insights are not just captivating, they are biblically faithful and true. Don’t miss this transforming story of grace.
(Greg Albrecht, Editor, Plain Truth Magazine)

Finally! A guy-meets-god novel that has literary integrity and spiritual daring. The Shack cuts through the clichés of both religion and bad writing to reveal something compelling and beautiful about life’s integral dance with the divine. This story reads like a prayer—like the best kinds of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. When I read it, I felt like I was fellowshipping with God. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it.
(Mike Morrell,

This is my most favorite book that I have ever read.
(Jordyn Foster, 12 years old (Estacada, OR)

More Reviews:

“I received a copy of The Shack during a very difficult transition in my life. The story has blown the door wide open to my soul and during this time I’ve asked many questions. It reminds me that though I ask, “Why?”, I know who is still in control.”
Wynonna Judd, Recording Artist

The Shack is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed.”
Patrick M. Roddy, Emmy Award-winning producer, ABC News

NEVER have I read a book that broadened my view of God like this one! I picked it up by ‘random circumstance’ in a bin at Wal-Mart and decided to give it a try. I am SO glad I did! God has been growing me lately in the area of seeing His awesome greatness and ‘bigness’. This book was definitely a tool He used at just this time to encourage me along. (So much for ‘random circumstance’ ! ) I loved the author’s depiction of the Trinity and how God ’showed up’ in just the way that Mack would best relate to. I think we, as Christians, can all be guilty at some point of having God in a box. Even as open or liberated a view as we might think we have, God is STILL bigger. And, the author does not deviate from Biblical truths about God either, another key and important fact that makes this book a really great read for even a non-Christian. Thumbs up all the way!!
– Kathleen Kennedy, 08/18/2008

I loved this book!!!!! I am a Christian. I have never read a book that made me feel so close to God. After reading this book it made me want to get closer to God and do more reading in my bible.
– Ailayna Hernandez, 08/05/2008

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