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W. Paul Young’s “The Shack” Quotes (55 Quotes)


  • I often find that getting head issues out of the way first makes the heart stuff easier to work on later.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • You don't play a game or color a picture with a child to show your superiority. Rather, you choose to limit yourself so as to facilitate and honor that relationship.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • All I want from you is to trust me with what little you can, and grow in loving people around you with the same love I share with you. It's not your job to change them, or to convince them. You are free to love without an agenda.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Love is not the limitation; love is the flying. I am love.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.
    (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")

  • I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness and give him over to me so that my love will burn from his life every vestige of corruption.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • And the Law that once contained impossible demands -- Thou Shalt Not... -- actually becomes a promise we fulfill in you.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Love is not the limitation; love is the flying.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • If a rainbow makes a sound, or a flower as it grows, that was the sound of her laughter.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Anger is the right response to something that is so wrong. But don't let the anger and pain and loss you feel prevent you from forgiving him and removing your hands from around his neck.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Mack, don't you see how filling roles is the opposite of relationship? We want male and female to be counterparts, face-to-face equals, each unique and different, distinctive in gender but complementary, and each empowered uniquely by Sarayu from whom all true power and authority originates.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")