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  • Don't forget that in the midst of all your pain and heartache, you are surrounded by beauty, the wonder of creation, art, your music and culture, the sounds of laughter and love, of whispered hopes and celebrations, of new life and transformation, of reconciliation and forgiveness.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • If you and I are friends, there is an expectancy that exists within our relationship. When we see each other or are apart, there is an expectancy of being together, of laughing and talking. The expectancy has no concrete definition; it is alive and dynamic and everything that emerges from our being together is a unique gift shared by no one else.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Religion must use law to empower itself and control the people who they need in order to survive.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Each relationship between two persons is absolutely unique. That is why you cannot love two people the same. It simply is not possible. You love each person differently because of who they are and the uniqueness that they draw out of you.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • It is remarkable how a seemingly insignificant action or event can change entire lives.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")


  • Remember, that choosing to stay on the ground is a choice to facilitate a relationship, to honor it. 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... It is not about winning and losing, but about love and respect.
    (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")

  • 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 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")

  • 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 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 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")


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