Hi all, welcome to Monday. If you’re reading this post in the morning, I salute you. A great way to start your day! LOL. Just kidding. Reading at night would be a good end to the day, too. So anyway, I have been knee deep in ACFW’s First Impressions contest. I’m the coordinator for the Contemporary category and may I just say, I’m stunned at the number of entries. OH MY GOODNESS. So, I haven’t been coming up for air very often.
However, Saturday night I took some time off and went to a booksigning. William Paul Young, author of The Shack, was at my local Christian Bookstore. I went, so very glad to be away from my computer!
Paul signed books for about 30 minutes, then spoke to the crowd gathered there. He told the story behind the story.And what an amazing story it was. I’d never heard how The Shack came into being. I mean, I read it a few years ago when it was all the rage, but then moved on to the next book.
But last night Paul said something that intrigued me enough to make me change my entire post for today. I’m going to give you the condensed version. He said back in 2004, he and his wife lost everything, their house, their cars, everything. Fortunately, their kids were in college on scholarships so they didn’t need a whole lot of space. They moved into a small house near the train station so that Paul would have transportation to work. He was working three jobs at the time. They were so poor that they had nothing to give their kids for Christmas. So Paul decided to write a story for them. He wrote The Shack. The only problem was he had no way to print it, etc. Then one night before Christmas, someone slipped an envelope under their front door. In it was 5 $20 bills. Just enough to print up copies of the book. Paul did. He now had his Christmas presents for his family and friends. Fifteen copies of The Shack. He passed them out on Christmas, so glad he was able to give his gifts. Later, through the course of word of mouth, The Shack sold over 18,000,000 copies in 41 different languages.