William Young

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…

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…