Author W. Paul Young was the first featured guest at this year’s Leadership Lecture Series: Changing and Shaping Culture. The free event was held Tuesday, November 12. Click here to download Young's lecture (MP3).
The series, hosted by Trinity president John Reed, is designed to be a service and source of inspiration to the community. The speakers are people who have been significant leaders and people of influence in their chosen professions, and whose work has transformed or shaped culture in a significant way.
The college was thrilled to host Paul Young as its first speaker in the year’s series.
Young is most well known as author of The Shack, a Christian novel first self-published by Young in 2008 which rose to the USA Today bestseller list in 2008 after selling one-million copies. The novel was the #1 paperback trade fiction seller on the New York Times bestseller list from June 2008 to early 2010 and was awarded the “Diamond Faith” award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in 2008 for selling over 10 million copies.
In addition to his fame as author of The Shack, Young is also renowned as a speaker whose messages to audiences include stories from his own life journey and an incredible compassion toward those who are suffering. His witty, captivating humor and his honest, truthful storytelling leave audiences encouraged and inspired by Young’s own stories and incredible compassion for others.
In his biography, Young writes, “These are some of the facts of my life, but they don’t begin to tell the real story. That would take much more room than is available here. The journey has been both incredible and unbearable, a desperate grasping after grace and wholeness [ . . . ] These few facts also do not speak to the potency of love and forgiveness, the arduous road of reconciliation, the surprises of grace and community, of transformational healing and the unexpected emergence of joy.”