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  • 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 simply no longer matter.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • I have moments that aren't too bad, but there's always something I'm struggling with, or feeling guilty about. I just figured I needed to try harder, but I find it difficult to sustain that motivation.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Once you have hierarchy you need rules to protect and administer it, and then you need law and the enforcement of the rules, and you end up with some kind of chain of command or system of order that destroys relationship rather than promotes it. Hierarchy imposes laws and rules and you end up missing the wonder of relationship that we intended for you.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • Women, in general, will find it difficult to turn from a man and stop demanding that he meets their needs, provides security, and protects their identity, and return to me. Men, in general, find it very hard to turn from the works of their hands, their own quests for power and security and significance, and turn to me.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")

  • But, enough of that for now. Let's get lost again in the starry night.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")


  • 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")

  • Paradigms power perception and perceptions power emotions. Most emotions are responses to perception - what you think is true about a given situation. If your perception is false, then your emotional response to it will be false too. So check your perceptions, and beyond that check the truthfulness of your paradigms - what you believe. Just because you believe something firmly doesn't make it true. Be willing to reexamine what you believe.
    (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")

  • Did I hear God call me an idiot?
    (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")

  • Paradigms power perceptions, perceptions power emotions.
    (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")

  • Don't ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.
    (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")

  • Perhaps there is supranatural: reason beyond the normal definitions of fact or data-based logic; something that only makes sense if you can see a bigger picture of reality. Maybe that is where faith fits in.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")


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