The dad with 5 young kids dies in a car crash
You don’t get the much sought after scholarship you prayed so hard for
The publisher tells you that your book proposal doesn’t fit their “voice”
A teenager shows signs of mental illness and doesn’t get over it
An atheist friend asks you to prove that God is real and you can’t
So often stories involving faith and God resolve to a happy conclusion. God intervenes or comes through at the last minute. It’s as if we feel obligated to protect his reputation. We hope he/she doesn’t notice our unbelief and eternally hold it against us.
But what about all the stories that don’t have a happy ending? Not just the dramatic stories but the everyday disappointments we routinely encounter. Where is God then?
Stories From The Shack takes this issue head on. We not only hear how Paul Young navigated abuse, disappointment, failure and rejection, we also hear how his readers did the same.
Sometimes a story is so big it demands a new way of being told.
Sometimes it’s too big for even a movie screen. And once in awhile a story is even bigger than the person who wrote it. That’s what happened with The Shack. The flood of over 100,000 stories coming from readers overwhelmed Paul’s capacity to respond. Lectures and speaking engagements could no longer express the emotions and capture the needs. Something new had to be created in order to catch the wave of response that was breaking in on Paul. That’s where the idea of a live show called Stories From The Shack came from.
Stories From The Shack is an exhilarating attempt to capture the interaction between Paul Young’s story and the thousands of stories that it triggered in people all over the world like this one…
“I am 28 years, i from brazil e don t speack engliss…sory, bus i want thankou very much for yours history…i m, gay ,aids, and today undersdod the love the jesus for me… i live your experience with you .God tuch me…i dont know speak more… kiss in your heart mac – thanks – thanks”
and this one…
“I’m 14 years old. My mom asked me to read this book because I had been getting into things that were bad for my health (mentally and physically). I would like to thank you for writing this book. For me, it changed my life. you probably get a lot of e-mails like this, but I would still like to thank
you. I have Clinical depression, and Like Mackenzie, i felt there was nowhere left to go. Your book was the spotlight shining onto the path the led the way to God. I don’t see him the way i did before. i saw him as an old man, wisdom in his eyes, and assertiveness in his voice. now i see him as a friend. always by my side.”
The emotions expressed in stories just like these are told using expressive dance, awesome music, aerial artists, humor and interactive conversations with the author and his guests. Stories From The Shack places the author inside a representation of the story and then follows him as he interacts with people who’ve also been moved by the story.
Stories From The Shack ultimately answers the most difficult question. Where is God when there’s no happy ending? If you’ve suffered a painful loss or know someone who has bring them to Stories From The Shack. If forgiveness for someone who’s wronged you eludes you, come to Stories From The Shack. If you’re tired of feeling alone and wonder if you’re the only one who asks this difficult question come to Stories From The Shack. May 8th at WAMU Theater in Seattle from 7-9 PM. Bring mom, its Mothers day.
100,000 stories… one is true the rest are real