The Shack

066 My Chat with William Paul Young, Author of The Shack

Image from The Shack of Mack (Sam Worthington) and Papa (Octavia Spencer)

When William Paul Young sat down to write a story for his children about a man who meets God in a forest shack, little did he know it would become a publishing phenomenon—and now a movie. In 2008 Paul dropped by the Open House show, to chat about the book’s meaning, the personal story behind it, and to answer his critics. More…

The Shack Interview

William ‘Paul’ Young’s book The Shack has been a publishing phenomenon. Originally written for his kids, the book went viral and has since sold millions. Its tale of Mack losing his daughter Missy and meeting God to discover an answer to suffering has been hailed by many as life-changing. The book has also caused much debate. I spoke to Paul about the personal story behind The Shack on Open House in 2008 and put the criticisms to him. It was a fascinating discussion. More…

William Young’s Troubled Past: The Story Behind ‘The Shack’

In part 2 of my extended interview with The Shack author William ‘Paul’ Young, Paul shares the personal story behind the book, including some details not published elsewhere: his childhood abuse, his later addictions, his drive to please people and God to find affection, and the event on January 4 1994 that turned his life upside down. More…

The God of ‘The Shack’: William Young Responds

In part 3 of my interview with The Shack author William P Young, Paul and I discuss the need to go back to the place of our pain and grief to find God, why Paul portrayed God as ‘Papa’, Jesus and ‘Sarayu’, the misconceptions about God The Shack tries to address, and why God is all about relationship rather than religion.
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Is ‘The Shack’ Heresy? William Young Responds to His Critics

In part 4 and 5 of my extended interview with William P Young, author of the phenomenally popular book The Shack, Paul and I explore some of the criticisms that have been levelled at his book. In this segment you’ll hear Paul respond to some of the criticism, in particular whether his portrayal of God is demeaning. More…

God, Hell and ‘The Shack’

In this final segment of my interview with William P Young about his top-selling book The Shack, Paul and I hash out things like why The Shack character Mack doesn’t seem too phased in God’s presence, whether God will punish us for our sins, how much of God we can know through the Old Testament and through Jesus, and the nature of hell. More…