Author of ‘The Shack’ to Appear in Sewanee


Wm. Paul Young, best-selling author of “The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity,” will speak in Sewanee Nov. 15 and 16. “The Shack,” a story about a father wrestling with what he calls a “Great Sadness” after the brutal murder of his youngest daughter, found a world-wide audience and was the No. 1 paperback trade fiction seller on The New York Times Best Seller list from June 2008 to early 2010. It was successfully turned into a feature film starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw in 2017.

Local and regional community members will have the opportunity to explore how “The Shack” relates to faith with the book’s author on Friday, Nov. 15, in a lecture open to the public and held in All Saints’ Chapel at 7 p.m. Registration for the lecture is encouraged and a “love offering” will be collected to support the event. On Saturday, Nov. 16, Young will lead a workshop titled “Lies We Believe About God,” based on his nonfiction book of the same title. Registration and a tuition fee are required for the workshop.

This visit to Sewanee by Young is one of two events in a series called FaithMatters, a new offering from the Beecken Center of the School of Theology that seeks to bring people to Sewanee who are engaging matters of faith in innovative ways. 

For complete details and to register for any of these offerings, visit <> or call 1-800-722-1974.

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South is a lively center of learning and ministry that offers experiences and resources for adult and youth lay theological education, clergy continuing education, hospitality and evangelism ministries, congregational development, and spiritual formation.