Phenomenal book signing!
I'm one of those people who has a list of specific authors and musicians I want to see (or better yet, meet).
William P. Young is one of those I can officially cross off the list, which means I have yet to meet Paulo Coelho (another fave author) and I still have a Kelly Clarkson concert to see with my daughter (I promised- when she's old enough).
The book signing was transformational. It really was. Amazing that WM Paul Young can give his readers the same experience in person as he does in his books. He's the real deal!
What makes him (and his books) special is that he allows you to have your own experience. I guarantee not everyone will receive the exact same message, but we all share the human experience and it's that connection that he provides.
Even though you walk into life from God, created by God, not everyone stays that course.
There's a lot of distractions on this course, called life. Some of them can make you grow as a person or grow away from God.
I am a Christian, and The Shack solidified my beliefs in a positive way. The book addressed questions that my heart drew conclusions to. I'm pretty sure God (and Jesus) dwell within my heart therefore the answers came from them. This author truly wants you to be moved by God's will, not by his will.
What he talked about at the signing: He mentioned his #1 bestseller, The Shack, is currently in the editing process after being filmed (book to movie). Yay! Set for 2017.
He talked about his new book, "Eve". A book centered around Genesis 1, 2, and 3 of the Bible. I am reading it currently and I can tell it's another winner! I like anything that makes me think. I like challenges. I like an escape from my comfort zone. This is what I get from his books.
He talked about a universal subject: Pain. This man knows pain. Heck, we all do. It changes our view of the world.
We project out of pain and begin viewing life through a keyhole. We lose sight of everything else around us because we're preoccupied and focused on the pain in our lives (past or present). I know people who live this way. I've done it too. I know entire groups of people in our society who do this.
Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly. If left unresolved you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.
It's obvious he's a story teller, but something else caught my attention. What I noticed (and adored) about WM Paul Young was how he's connected the dots of events in his life to make sense of the senseless, including the pain we encounter in life. He's also a detective.
Let's face it, when you can make sense of the senseless, you are that much closer to God's level of awareness.
Life is one big puzzle until you put the pieces together to find your purpose.
I'd love it if you took the time to look back on your life. Be a detective. Notice all the connections you can make that lead to the bigger picture. Maybe it was a series of "unfair" events, tragedy, or whatever. Going forward, you can let go of control and even understanding for the moment (what you don't understand now, you will later if you reflect and connect the dots).
Every single one of his real life stories he spoke of all tied into a perfect plan. God was there. I guarantee God has shown up for you too. If you don't believe in God, you can still find serendipitous and fateful events and use those to find reason and purpose.
It's important we look back and learn. It makes things seem a lot less random and unfortunate. Pay attention and you can catch glimpses of a plan. Plans arise from pain. I promise! Personally, I've had a few rough hands dealt to me- TOTALLY UNFAIR! I think I've actually screamed those words to God. But I tell you what...totally worth it. I can now see, crystal clear, what the plan was and thank God. Literally.
I'm passionate about no-nonsense self-improvement. Too many of us are plagued by faulty thought patterns- I aim to change that!