Bestselling author, Paul Young, shares exclusive details with Simple Grace about the inspiration behind The Shack. Here's a sneak peek:
As a child, Paul was taught that God the Father was angry, disapproving and distant, which mirrored the way he saw his own father. “Being around my dad was like walking around a minefield, with the explosive devices changing positions every night while I slept,” Paul shares. “Because of our theology, I ended up imposing my dad’s anger on the Father. “So as a child, I turned to Jesus to save me from the Father,” says Paul, “but what I really needed was for someone to save me from my own dad.”
Through his relationship with Jesus, Paul slowly realized the Father wasn’t the wrathful deity he’d grown up with. He was kind, always present and unconditionally loving. “It took me 50 years to erase the face of my dad from the Father,” admits Paul, explaining that this is why in The Shack, he portrays Papa (what the characters call the Father) as a gentle black woman. “This imagery upset some people, but it was as far away as I could get from the anger and terror I knew as a child, and closer to the tender Father I now know.”
See this inspiration come to life in The Shack, in theaters now, and check out the beautiful soundtrack featuring music from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, Skillet, and more! More of Paul Young's faith filled wisdom can be found in his new book, Lies We Believe About God!