Posted May 06, 2014
I'm always surprised that discussion of this book continues to surface. I read the book many years ago for the first time. The first time I read it I was unimpressed. For some reason, a year or 2 later I picked it back up and was completely overtaken by the content. Shortly after this second reading I had a chance to go hear William Paul Young. As it turned out I was in a "meet and greet" with about 20 other people. Talking to him was like talking to a dear uncle or friend. He was so genuine. He told the story of how The Shack came to be. It was never meant to be a theological book of any kind. From abuse he had suffered early in his life, he simply sat down and wrote a "story" to help him better deal with the pain of his past as he worked through the healing process. This book was never meant to be published. He had the first copies simply printed like a manuscript for family memeber with whom he wanted to share his journey. From there, copies were shared with friends and extended family and the rest is history.
Since hearing William Paul Young speak, I feel a bit protective of him. :) He chuckles at the idea that he is criticized in theological circles and he says there is zero theology in this except what an individual might make of it. The fact that people have been so critical of him seems silly. For all of the grief he has gotten, I am very glad he has made money. He is a man, just like any other simple man, working through issues from his past. Good for him.
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