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William Paul Young    

Christian Author of "The Shack"

William Paul Young is a Christian author of the novels "The Shack," "Cross Roads," and "Eve." Young began writing primarily as a way to create unique gifts for his friends until his wife repeatedly urged him to write something for their six children in order to put down in one place his perspectives on God and on the inner healing Young had experienced as an adult. The resulting manuscript, that later became The Shack, was intended only for his six kids and for a handful of close friends.

Young initially printed just 15 copies of his book. Two of his close friends encouraged him to have it published, and assisted with some editing and rewriting in order to prepare the manuscript for publication. After rejection by 26 publishers, Young and his friends published the book under the name of their newly created publishing company, Windblown Media, in 2007. The book eventually reached number one on the New York Times trade paperback fiction best-seller list in June 2008.

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