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Paul Young interviewed by Kris Vallotton

June 04, 2009

Kris had a chance to sit down with Paul Young, the author of The Shack, during our writers conference in May. He tells the story of how the book came about. We get a genuine view of Paul's humility and candor. This interview will surprise you.

William Paul Young

The oldest son of missionary parents, William Paul Young was raised in the highlands of Netherlands, New Guinea, among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. He has owned businesses and worked for others in diverse industries, from insurance, to construction, venture capital companies, to telecom, contract work to food processing - whatever was needed to help feed and house his growing family. He has always been a writer, whether of songs, poetry, short stories or newsletters, never for public consumption but for friends and family. With no intention of publishing it, he wrote The Shack for his six children. Yet with over 5.4 million copies in print, this book is causing Christians and pre-Christians alike to experience a new hunger for God and to encounter Him and His all-surpassing love.