Behind The Shack

The Shack was a story written for my six children, with no thought or intention to publish. It is as much a surprise to me as to anyone else that I am now an ‘author’. (William P. Young)

Last night I finished reading The Shack (You can read my review over at flannelgraph).

Currently (September 2009), The Shack is #2 on the NY Times bestselling paperbacks list. It debuted at #1 in mid 2008 and stayed at the top spot for 36 weeks. It has sold over 7 million copies and counting, and people are ranking it among Christan literary masterpieces like Pilgrim's Progress.

Wow.

What not many people realise, is how the book became popular...

William P. Young wrote a story about his journey with God for his children. He gave it to his close friends to read, who all thought that the story was too significant not to publish. Problem was that no Christian publisher would take it on, saying it was 'too controversial', and no secular company would publish it due to it being 'too Christian'. What did Young's friends do? They started their own publishing company of course! Windblown Media was launched and $300 was spent marketing the book. Over 7 million copies later, the rest is now history.

Imagine the joy of Young and his friends (and their wonder of God). Imagine the tears of every publisher that turned down the rights to the book. Imagine the millions of lives this book has impacted.

If you haven't already read this book (whether you have a faith in God or not), please do... it could quite possibly change your perspective of life.

(If you want to read more of the story behind The Shack, please visit William P. Young's blog.)

7 comments:

PaisleyJade said...

Awesome post - I'm starting the book toinght!! Those publishers will be super kicking themselves (if that's even possible!).

Gail said...

What a great story behind the book.... then most of God's intended stories have good stories behind them too huh?

I'm intrigued even more now to read it..... just need to finish the other stack of books I've intended first!

Jon said...

Is it really true that God isn't sending another flood because he was so stoked with the smell of meat?

Burton said...

Heh. Didn't you hear me say "Just joking"?

Jon said...

Lol, so am I!

Ellymay said...

Really is an amazing read. Hebrews 13.2 "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels unawares'.My question, 'Who knows when we may have entertained Jesus unawares?'.

Carefui Kid said...

I love that he wrote it for his kids. It makes the story that much cooler.