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  • Responsibilites and expectations are the basis of guilt and shame and judgement, and they provide the essential framework that promotes performance as the basis for identity and value.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • It is so easy to get sucked into the if-only game, and playing it is a short and slippery slide into despair.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Since there were three of them, maybe this was a Trinity sort of thing. But two women and a man and none of them white?
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")


  • It's quite simple really. Being always transcends appearance-that which only seems to be. Once you begin to know the being behind the very pretty or very ugly face, as determined by your bias, the surface appearances fade away until they simple no longer matter. That is why Elousia is such a wonderful name. God, who is the ground of all being, dwells in, around, and through all things-ultimately emerging as the real-and appearances that mask that reality will fall away.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • So many believe that it is love that grows, but it is the knowing that grows and love simply expands to contain it.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Forgiveness is first for you, the forgiver...to release you from something that will eat you alive; that will destroy your joy and your ability to love fully and openly. Do you think this man cares about the pain and torment you have gone through? If anything, he feeds on that knowledge. Don't you want to cut that off? And in doing so, you'll release him from a burden that he carries whether he knows it or not--acknowledges it or not.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Let me say for now that we knew once the Creation was broken, true fathering would be much more lacking than mothering. Don't misunderstand me, both are needed- but an emphasis on fathering is necessary because of the enormity of its absence
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • So when you look at Jesus and it appears that he's flying he really is...flying. But what you are actually seeing is me my life in him. That's how he lives and acts as a true human how every human is designed to live-out of my life.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Forgiveness is not about forgetting, Mack. It is about letting go of another person's throat.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Something in the heart of most human beings simply cannot abide pain inflicted on the innocent, especially children. Even broken men serving in the worst correctional facilities will often first take out their own rage on those who have caused suffering to children. Even in such a world of relative morality, causing harm to a child is still considered absolutely wrong. Period!
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • From the first day we hid the woman within the man, so that at the right time we could remove her from within him. We didn't create man to live alone; she was purposed from the beginning. By taking her out of him, he birthed her in a sense. We created a circle of relationship, like our own, but for humans. She, out of him, and now all the males, including me, birthed through her, and all originating, or birthed, from God.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Living unloved is like clipping a bird's wings and removing its ability to fly.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")


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