The Story Continues to Unfold

Someone from Alberta, Canada sent us these photos today. A few days ago he’d driven by a makeshift roadside memorial to a recent death on the highway. When he passed by it yesterday he noticed something had been added. Do you see it there on the post? Let’s zoom in by looking at the picture on the right. Someone had attached a copy of The Shack to the signpost near the accident.

That’s all we know. We have no idea who died there, who posted the book, or what is going on, but what a poignant statement. The mail we continue to get because of this little book is astounding.

One of the people really impacted by it is Wynonna Judd, the Country-Western recording artist. Here’s what she wrote:

“I received a copy of The Shack during a very difficult transition in my life. The story has blown the door wide open to my soul and during this time I’ve asked many questions. It reminds me that though I ask, ‘Why?, I know who is still in control.”

Just today I received this from a sister in South Carolina:

I’m half-way through The Shack and have been to Willie’s web site. I haven’t yet found the words to express how it has touched my heart. If only we were told of the inexplicable love of God when we were growing up, instead of the hell, fire, and brimstone so many of us were introduced to! When they taught us to sing, “Jesus loves me, this I know…” And we were like, “yeah, right!

And this from a South African couple who have recently re-located to England:

We really enjoyed our time with you in Bournemouth when you were out. We picked up a copy of The Shack that weekend and, man oh man, it was such a refreshingly different truth-injecting non religious read. I am busy giving it a second go due to the rich content that I seemed to have missed the first time round. We recently made a trip back to SA for a friend’s wedding and spent a lovely 2 weeks there. We took some copies of the book for people and the feedback has been really amazing.

Now I’ve got to get back to formating the hardback version for those who have requested copies that will be more permanent…

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  1. Melbourne Sue October 17, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Wow. Those pics just stabbed me in the heart – what a beautiful thing for that person to do.

    I got my 12 copies of The Shack in the mail yesterday. Yippee 🙂 I shall be very interested to see who ends up getting them 😀

  2. Joyce October 17, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    It sounds like this book is something I might be able to use right now. I’ve been out of work for six months and there doesn’t seem to be anything even close. Our landlord has let us to continue living here although we owe him more than $1500 in back rent and we have no one who cares or who could help.
    Our daughter (an adult) has gone missing with our grandson and we have had no word for more than two weeks.
    I can’t afford to buy anything, is there an online copy I can read?
    Thank you.

  3. Melbourne Sue October 17, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Wow. Those pics just stabbed me in the heart – what a beautiful thing for that person to do.

    I got my 12 copies of The Shack in the mail yesterday. Yippee 🙂 I shall be very interested to see who ends up getting them 😀

  4. Joyce October 17, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    It sounds like this book is something I might be able to use right now. I’ve been out of work for six months and there doesn’t seem to be anything even close. Our landlord has let us to continue living here although we owe him more than $1500 in back rent and we have no one who cares or who could help.
    Our daughter (an adult) has gone missing with our grandson and we have had no word for more than two weeks.
    I can’t afford to buy anything, is there an online copy I can read?
    Thank you.

  5. Wayne October 23, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Joyce,

    I’m sorry for all that you’re going through. I know it can feel very alone at times like this, but you are not. Father loves you more than you know and he can make a way for you through these difficult times.

    Unfortunately this book is not online at this time. But if you’ll email me your address, I can see that you get a copy. Please email me directly at waynej@lifestream.org.

  6. Wayne October 23, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    Joyce,

    I’m sorry for all that you’re going through. I know it can feel very alone at times like this, but you are not. Father loves you more than you know and he can make a way for you through these difficult times.

    Unfortunately this book is not online at this time. But if you’ll email me your address, I can see that you get a copy. Please email me directly at waynej@lifestream.org.

  7. Clint Steenson August 6, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Hi Wayne,

    FYI … Met you at Crown Video in Edmonton in 2007 while you were securing distribution for The Shack and your other titles. Unfortunately I had to retire from Crown due to a serious medical condition in the early part of October 2007. Shortly after my retirement I happened upon the road side memorial you have posted above. Needless to say I was elated when I came across the memorial and could hardly believe that someone had tied a copy of The Shack to the post near the memorial as the book was still so relatively new! I pass by that spot on occasion and everytime I pass by I think about that father and his little girl who lost their lives near that spot. The book is no longer tied to the post, however the flowers (which are artificial) are still on the sign with the cross in the background. With great enthusiasm I enjoyed promoting The Shack while still at Crown, but now that I am retired I still promote the book at every opportunity I get. May the Lord continue to bless your efforts! Peace, Clint

  8. Clint Steenson August 6, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Hi Wayne,

    FYI … Met you at Crown Video in Edmonton in 2007 while you were securing distribution for The Shack and your other titles. Unfortunately I had to retire from Crown due to a serious medical condition in the early part of October 2007. Shortly after my retirement I happened upon the road side memorial you have posted above. Needless to say I was elated when I came across the memorial and could hardly believe that someone had tied a copy of The Shack to the post near the memorial as the book was still so relatively new! I pass by that spot on occasion and everytime I pass by I think about that father and his little girl who lost their lives near that spot. The book is no longer tied to the post, however the flowers (which are artificial) are still on the sign with the cross in the background. With great enthusiasm I enjoyed promoting The Shack while still at Crown, but now that I am retired I still promote the book at every opportunity I get. May the Lord continue to bless your efforts! Peace, Clint

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