Belton, Texas – William Paul Young, author of the New York Times best-seller The Shack, will be the chapel guest speaker at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on Wednesday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the W. W. Walton Chapel on the UMHB campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Young was the child of missionary parents who spent the first several years of his life working with a primitive tribe in Papua New Guinea. For years, he wrote songs, poems, and short stories solely as gifts to family members and loved ones. Eventually, he yielded to persistent requests from his wife, Kim, to write something for his six children that would explore his perspectives on God and the nature of the inner healing that had defined much of his adult life.
The story that Young crafted would eventually become The Shack. He initially printed just 15 copies of the novel before a group of friends pressed him to get it published. When several publishers rejected the manuscript, Young and his friends published it themselves under their own publishing company, Windblown Media.
With almost no advertising budget to promote it, The Shack went on to reach the top of the New York Times best-seller list. By the end of 2011, The Shack had spent more than 170 weeks on the list, including 52 at number one.
Young’s latest novel, Cross Roads, will be released November 13.