Author Paul Young spoke of God’s ‘relentless affection’ at Nov. 12 lecture

Leadership Lecture with Paul Young

Nov. 25, 2013

On Tuesday, November 12, author Paul Young spoke to a packed audience at the first event in President John Reed’s 2013-2014 Leadership Lecture Series.

Young is the author of The Shack, a Christian novel that has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and he brings words of hope and healing amidst the broken world in which we live.

“There is a tapestry. We don’t see it. We’re so busy running as hard as we can, trying to get some control of our lives, trying to deal with our hurts. And there’s a God who climbs into the middle of our stuff and says, ‘I’m after it.’ And this relentless affection is so powerful that you can’t change it,” Young said in his lecture.

In addition to his fame as author of The Shack, Young is also renowned as a speaker whose words 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.

And on November 12, Young’s evident compassion for others wove itself into a host of stories from his life, coincidences that formed a tapestry clearly inspired by Young’s deep Christian faith and authored by God.

“There’s a God who’s good all the time, involved in the details of our lives,” Young said.

To listen to Young’s complete lecture, visit

The Leadership Lecture Series was designed by President Reed 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 next event in the Leadership Lecture Series is Tuesday, February 25, when the college will host Lanie McMullin, Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Everett.