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Shack author William ‘Paul’ Young, Paul shares the 11-year personal battle that led to the book, including some details unpublished elsewhere:

  • His childhood abuse, later addictions and betrayals.
  • His drive to please people and God to find affection.
  • The event on January 4, 1994 that turned his life upside down.
  • Why religion never healed him.

This is a touching part of the conversation with plenty to help the wounded among us. The full transcript is available in Open House Volume 2.


Q: Can you relate to Paul’s story? How did your own experience effect your spiritual life?

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