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‘The Shack’ author William P. Young to speak on loss

Thu., Jan. 23, 2014

William P. Young, author of the “The Shack,” said his Christian novel became a bestseller because everyone, in some way, can relate to loss.

The 2007 book is about a father who wrestles with the abduction and possible murder of his daughter. He finds a note, seemingly from God, inviting him to a shack where evidence of the crime was discovered. It’s a story about the enduring question – where is God in a world filled with such pain?

At 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley, Young will continue the conversation he started in “The Shack” with a presentation of “Where’s God When …”

He’ll be joined onstage with Spokane’s Cami Bradley, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent, and Christian author and producer Jim Henderson.

During the program, Young will share his personal story of loss, brokenness and surrender.

He’ll recount how he experienced sexual abuse as a child.

“There’s nothing quite like sexual abuse that lifts the fabric of the human soul apart,” he said. “We try to protect ourselves and stay safe. We hide stuff, and that’s where the shack becomes the metaphor.”

He’ll also talk about the things he broke – and tried to hide – as a husband, which includes a brief extramarital affair.

Young said those experiences taught him about forgiveness and letting go of his own brokenness.

He said over the years the question of healing the human soul seems to be surfacing more often.

“It tells you there’s a shift going on,” he said.

He said that’s partly because of the Internet and increased global communication.

Part of the human experience, he said, is engaging in questions that matter. Questions like, “Where’s God in this?”

Although he comes from an evangelical background, Young said the presentation isn’t necessarily aimed at Christians; it’s a human conversation.

Pastor Kurt Bubna, of Eastpoint, said the event is about connecting with people.

“Love is what this event is about,” he said. “We’re thrilled to host and get people to hear a great story from a great guy.”

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