WM. PAUL YOUNG QUOTES

Canadian author (1955- )

Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly ... and if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person's throat.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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Authority, as you usually think of it, is merely the excuse the strong use to make others conform to what they want.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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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.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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Sometimes honesty can be incredibly messy.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but a the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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Emotions are the colors of the soul.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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I'm trying to get far away from [picturing God as] Gandalf or Santa Claus.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, "The Love Shack", Christianity Today, Mar. 4, 2013

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I think my books give people a language to have a conversation about God that's not religious. There isn't enough new literature that brings the conversation of God into a modern context. I love the Bible, but in the West we've analyzed it until it fits into a structure of control. We need more new stories. We need different ways of looking at things, and I think it's coming.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, New Statesman, Jan. 3, 2013

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My dad was a preacher. My relationship, for example, with my father -- very difficult, and very painful, and it took me 50 years to wipe the face of my father off the face of God.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, interview, NPR, Dec. 1, 2012

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I'm not too big on religion ... and not very fond of politics or economics either ... And why should I be? They are the man-created trinity of terrors that ravages the earth and deceives those I care about. What mental turmoil and anxiety does any human face that is not related to one of those three?

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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The world has no meaning apart from relationships. Some are just messier than others, some are seasonal, others are difficult, and a few are easy, but every one of them is important.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, Cross Roads

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In some sense every parent does love their children. But some parents are too broken to love them well.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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Words you will never hear God say, "I did my part ... now it's all up to you."

WM. PAUL YOUNG, FaceBook post, Jun. 13, 2014

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It is impossible for you to take power over the future because it isn't even real.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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This life is only the anteroom of a greater reality to come.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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Normal is a myth.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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Lies are a little fortress; inside them you can feel safe and powerful. Through your little fortress of lies you try to run your life and manipulate others. But the fortress needs walls, so you build some. These are the justifications for your lies. You know, like you are doing this to protect someone you love, to keep them from feeling pain. Whatever works, just so you feel okay about the lies.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack

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I want to tell you about the God that actually showed up and healed my heart. Not the God I grew up, because the God I grew up was fundamentally, and I use the word advisedly, fundamentally untrustworthy -- schizophrenic, narcissistic, unreachable, unknowable, and my concept within which I grew up was that Jesus -- He likes me -- but He came to save me from God the Father -- who was the one who was angry and distant, and unreachable, unknowable. All of that had to come crashing down.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, interview, "Your Daily Bread", Rare, Dec. 10, 2013

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Jesus was always challenging the dogma of religion. So, you know, it's not like I'm out there by myself.

WM. PAUL YOUNG, interview, "Your Daily Bread", Rare, Dec. 10, 2013

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