The Most Spiritually Influential Person in America You’ve Never Heard Of

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William Paul Young's book, The Shack, has led to a new, live stage production called Stories from The Shack, debuting May 8th in Seattle.

Are you familiar with William Paul Young?

He's sold nearly 20 million books. His novel The Shack has spent 105 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list (52 at #1) and is still selling 100,000 copies a month.

The Shack is now one of the top 70 bestselling books of all time, and has become a cultural phenomenon in the same realm as the Twilight novels and the Harry Potter series.

The book’s success has even led to a new, live stage production called Stories from The Shack, debuting May 8th in Seattle.

So why have many people never heard of William Paul Young?

Some have heard of him, and they don't like Paul. Pastor Mark Driscoll, one of the most influential voices in Christendom has had over 400,000 views of his YouTube video claiming Paul is a heretic. Others have set up cottage industries—books, videos, articles—solely based on warning people to stay away from The Shack.

But still many people across America are still more familiar with Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and Robert Schuller. They are mega church pastors, but none have written a book that gets remotely close to matching the readership or cultural impact of The Shack. Having a pulpit matters.

Now Young is setting up his own pulpit—not in a church but in a show that takes The Shack Live. It's called Stories from The Shack: a theatrical presentation that combines elements of Cirque du Soleil and Charlie Rose-like interviews.

This show will celebrate the life-altering stories people have sent to Paul and be a mind-blowing combination of aerial artistry, performance art, celebrity interviews, interpretive dance, and music—including songs from Danny Gokey, one of the most popular singers in the history of America Idol.

Show schedule:

  •     May 8th – Seattle, WA
  •     May 20th – San Diego, CA
  •     June 4th – Boise, ID
  •     June 17th – Denver, CO

America’s Most Spiritually Influential Person You’ve Never Heard Of will soon need a new descriptor.


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