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A conversation about faith and art with Wm. Paul Young | Author of The Shack

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Event Details

Event Date: April 17th, 2012
Venue: Bottega
Event Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: $15

UPDATE: All tickets SOLD OUT!

As part 2 of our Lille Gard Discussion Series leading up to the Lille Gard Festival, we are honoured to host an evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Wm. Paul Young – creator of the controversial book The Shack.

The Shack Book

Young will share his thoughts and incredible story about how he has managed to weave his art and faith together while “accidentally” impacting millions of people around the world with a $200 marketing budget. This night will include an interview-style discussion, Q&A, music, and refreshments.



6pm:        Doors open with Jazz Pianist Neville Bowman

7pm:        Singer / songwriter Joshua Smith

7:20pm:  Paul Young

9pm:         Wine & Mingling



Bottega Farm Inn
4485 Sallows Rd.
Kelowna, BC (map) 





Young’s book The Shack has been a publishing phenomenon. He started out writing primarily as a way to create unique gifts for his friends, until his wife repeatedly urged him to write something for their six children in order to put down in one place his perspectives on God and on the inner healing Young had experienced as an adult. The resulting manuscript, that later became The Shack, was intended only for his six kids and for a handful of close friends. “Its tale of Mack losing his daughter Missy and meeting God to discover an answer to suffering” has been hailed by many as life-changing. We intend to dig a little more into this.


William Paul YoungWM. PAUL YOUNG BIO:

Paul was born a Canadian and along with three younger siblings was raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was New Guinea (West Papua). The family returned to Canada where his father pastored a number of churches for various denominations. By the time he entered Canadian Bible College, Paul had attended a dozen schools. He completed his undergraduate degree in religion at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.

While in Oregon, Paul attended seminary and met and married Kim. Together they celebrate “the wastefulness of grace” with their six children, two daughters-in-law, and now two grandchildren.
In his Web site biography (, Paul writes, “These are some of the facts of my life, but they don’t begin to tell the real story. The journey has been both incredible and unbearable, a desperate grasping after grace and wholeness. Facts cannot tell you about the pain of trying to adjust to different cultures; of life losses that were almost too staggering to bear; of walking down railroad tracks at night in the middle of winter, screaming into a windstorm; of living with an underlying volume of shame so deep and loud that it constantly threatened any sense of sanity; of dreams not only destroyed but obliterated by personal failure; of hope so tenuous that only the trigger seemed to offer a solution. These few facts also do not speak to the potency of love and forgiveness, the arduous road of reconciliation, the surprises of grace and community, of transformational healing and the unexpected emergence of joy.”



All events will be held at Bottega Farm Inn

PART 1: Mar. 2
An Artist’s Eye on the World
Panel Discussion with Artists & Activists
More info…


PART 2: April 17
Paul Young
A conversation about faith and art with Wm. Paul Young | Author of The Shack


PART 3: May 24
Ten Ten Ten
10 artists | 10 minutes each | 10 bucks
More info 


June 30 – July 1
Lille Gard Festival
A community festival featuring music, discussions, arts, and film with a focus on Arts, Faith, and Justice.
More info:

Lille Gard


One Response to A conversation about faith and art with Wm. Paul Young | Author of The Shack

  1. Nelson Jatel

    If there are extra tickets available please let me know.



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