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William P. Young (1) (1955–)

Author of The Shack

For other authors named William P. Young, see the disambiguation page.

William P. Young (1) has been aliased into William Paul Young.

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Works by William P. Young

Works have been aliased into William Paul Young.

The Shack (2008) — Author — 14,715 copies
The Shack [2017 film] (2017) — Author — 136 copies


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Common Knowledge

Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Places of residence
West Papua, Indonesia
Happy Valley, Oregon, USA
Warner Pacific College
Short biography
William Paul Young, referred to generally as Wm. Paul Young or simply Paul Young, (born May 11, 1955) is a Canadian author. He wrote the novels The Shack, Cross Roads and Eve.

Young is the oldest of four, born May 11, 1955, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, but the majority of his first decade was lived with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. These became his family and as the first white child and outsider who ever spoke their language, he was granted unusual access into their culture and community. When he was six he was sent to a boarding school.

In an interview Young said he had written primarily as a way to create unique gifts for his friends, until his wife repeatedly urged him to write something for their six children in order to put down in one place his perspectives on God and on the inner healing Young had experienced as an adult. The resulting manuscript, that later became The Shack, was intended only for his six kids and for a handful of close friends.

Young initially printed just 15 copies of his book. Two of his close friends encouraged him to have it published, and assisted with some editing and rewriting in order to prepare the manuscript for publication. After rejection by 26 publishers, Young and his friends published the book under the name of their newly created publishing company, Windblown Media, in 2007. The company spent only C$200 in advertising; word-of-mouth referrals eventually drove the book to number one on the New York Times trade paperback fiction best-seller list in June 2008. "The Shack" was the top-selling fiction and audio book of 2008 in America through November 30.

Young's second book, Cross Roads, was published on November 13, 2012 by FaithWords.

Young's Eve was released on September 15, 2015 by Howard Books.

Young's latest book Lies we believe about God has also been the subject of criticism. One critic, Tim Challies, says Young is a universalist, teaching that everyone is saved.



Oh my Papa! I'm giving it two stars! I did not totally hate it! Even though it's full of cliches, 90% dialogue, and has a chapter called "Here Come Da Judge," I still found things to like about The Shack. For example, I completely see why my own sweet mother loved it. It takes all the things that are unsettling about religion and sweeps them under the rug. It's all about love, love, love, and happy endings to terrible tragedies and ways to cope with a sad, chaotic world. Not a bad way to become a self-published bestseller. (By the way, for an antidote to this, try [b:36 Arguments for the Existence of God|6734417|36 Arguments for the Existence of God A Work of Fiction|Rebecca Newberger Goldstein|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1275693456s/6734417.jpg|6930684].)

I actually took notes while I was reading this, so I'm just going to transcribe them here:

-Hilarious/genius simile: comparing a bump on the head to a humpback whale "breaching the wilds of his thinning hair."

-Little Ladykiller? Really? Is it a terrifying homicidal pedophile or a very handsome midget?

-Does the Bible have gilt edges or GUILT edges?! Oooooh. Deep.

-The Holy Trinity is "two women, a man, and none of them white?" HOW CAN THIS BE?!

-God listens to funk music? Again, HOW CAN THIS BE?! My preconceived notions are in TATTERS.


-Is this book anti-church? Anti-rules? Yes, sir. It's also anti-ritual and it says there's no Hell. If Jesus were not a main character, it would come awfully close to being hippie dippy Unitarian Universalism non-theology. Who knew a popular Christian book could be so liberal?

-Direct quote from Jesus: "I'm not too big on religion." WHAT?!

-"All evil flows from independence." Meaning you should not try to be independent from God. Interesting.

-There is a lot of hugging and kissing in this book. Why does he need to tell us it's ON THE LIPS?

-Direct quote from Holy Spirit: "I am a being verb."

-Bottom line: God is responsible for everything good and nothing bad. All you need is love. Try not to get the trots.

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LibrarianDest | 576 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Esta história deve ser lida como se fosse uma oração – a melhor forma de oração, cheia de ternura, amor, transparência e surpresas. Se você tiver que escolher apenas um livro de ficção para ler este ano, leia A cabana." - Michael W. Smith Publicado nos Estados Unidos por uma editora pequena, A cabana se revelou um desses livros raros que, através do entusiasmo e da indicação dos leitores, se torna um fenômeno de público – já são quase dois milhões de exemplares vendidos – e de imprensa. Durante uma viagem de fim de semana, a filha mais nova de Mack Allen Phillips é raptada e evidências de que ela foi brutalmente assassinada são encontradas numa cabana abandonada. Após quatro anos vivendo numa tristeza profunda causada pela culpa e pela saudade da menina, Mack recebe um estranho bilhete, aparentemente escrito por Deus, convidando-o para voltar à cabana onde aconteceu a tragédia. Apesar de desconfiado, ele vai ao local do crime numa tarde de inverno e adentra passo a passo no cenário de seu mais terrível pesadelo. Mas o que ele encontra lá muda o seu destino para sempre. Em um mundo tão cruel e injusto, A cabana levanta um questionamento atemporal: se Deus é tão poderoso, por que não faz nada para amenizar o nosso sofrimento? As respostas que Mack encontra vão surpreender você e podem transformar sua vida de forma tão profunda quanto transformou a dele. Você vai querer partilhar este livro com todas as pessoas que ama.… (more)
EdilsonLopesSilva | 576 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
A decent story and not nearly the same kind of "religious" I thought it might be.
jochemsj | 576 other reviews | Nov 1, 2023 |



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