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Wm. Paul Young, Author of "The Shack," C. Baxter Kruger and John MacMurray to Speak at Whitworth University

September 25, 2017
Whitworth University’s Office of Church Engagement welcomes Wm. Paul Young, author and producer of "The Shack," along with C. Baxter Kruger, director of Perichoresis, and John MacMurray, founder of the Northwest School of Theology, for a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7-8:15 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

During the lecture, “Do I Belong?” the trio will provide insights into fear and shame being at the root of blindness. The discussion will explore human belonging because of who God is as Father, Son and Spirit.

Young, author of the New York Times best-seller "The Shack," produced the 2017 film of the same name. He’s also written "Eve," "Cross Roads," and "The Shack: Reflections for Every Day of the Year." Born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of West Papua, Young suffered great loss as a child. He now lives in the Pacific Northwest and speaks of forgiveness, the arduous road of reconciliation, the freedom of transformational healing and the unexpected emergence of joy.

Kruger is the director of Perichoresis, an international ministry sharing about Christians’ adoption in Christ with the world. For more than 25 years, Kruger has traveled in five continents sharing this message. He is the author of eight books, including "The Great Dance," "Across All Worlds," international best-seller "The Shack Revisited" and most recently, "Patmos: Three Days, Two Men, One Extraordinary Conversation."

MacMurray is the founder and director of the Northwest School of Theology and the Open Table Conference. Formerly an adjunct professor in Bible literature at Multnomah University in Portland,
Ore., he continues to speak both in the United States and internationally in a variety of venues. MacMurray has also co-authored two books with best-selling writer Donald Miller titled: "To Own a Dragon" and "The Open Table – An Invitation to Know God."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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