Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

An Evening with Wm. Paul Young, New York Times’ Best-selling Author of The Shack

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free

Join us for An Evening with Wm. Paul Young, storyteller, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author – and music by Vanessa Kersting, Australian-American singer-songwriter, now living in the USA.


Monday, May 8, 2023
7 p.m.:
Location: Near Spruce Grove (Edmonton) – exact location, address, and directions will be shared in your confirmation e-mail after you have registered.

Space/seating is limited, so register today to reserve your spot.


Paul will share his heart-breaking – but ultimately redemptive – story to help you see yourself, and your relationship with God, in a new, healthier way. Not only is Paul an engaging and provocative writer, but he is also an excellent speaker and storyteller. You will be both encouraged and challenged by Paul’s talk.

Vanessa Kersting, an accomplished singer-songwriter from the land down under, will share some of her music, which is embedded with themes of love, hope, and divine union. Vanessa is passionate to see the truth of the inclusive Gospel permeate deep into people’s souls and uses this as a basis every time she sings and speaks.


Wm. Paul Young was born in Canada and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was Netherlands New Guinea (now West Papua). He suffered great loss as a child and young adult and now enjoys the “wastefulness of grace” with his growing family in the Pacific Northwest.

Paul’s first book, The Shack, sold enough copies to give everyone in Australia a copy. His second book, Cross Roads, returned him to the New York Times bestseller list. Likewise, for his third and fourth books – Eve and Lies We Believe About God, respectively.

Paul intended to write The Shack as a Christmas gift to his children; he wrote it on the train commuting to one of his three jobs, with no intention of ever publishing it. The book’s success led to a major motion picture, starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and country music superstar, Tim McGraw.

However, the author’s journey to success was riddled with a lifetime of sadness and mistakes. A victim of horrendous childhood sexual abuse, Paul says his quest for unconditional love drove him to have an affair that nearly tore his family apart. Paul says the biggest gift The Shack has given him is an invitation to hear other people’s stories.


Vanessa Kersting is a singer-songwriter from the land down under.

Her music can be heard on radio stations near and far across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and the UK. Her latest single, Hold the Stars, had Vanessa working with producer Ash Gale [The Sundance Kids] and master extraordinaire Brad Blackwood [Third Day, Relient K].

Previous releases have seen Vanessa work with George Tutko [Rolling Stones], Jon King [Future Leaders of The World, Throwing Gravity], and Joshua Brown [Planet Shakers, Daystar TV]. Vanessa’s music has placed in several Australian music charts, including the TCM Top-100 songs for 2015, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Her music also placed in the TCM Top-100 artists for 2015 and Top-50 artists for 2021.

Additionally, her last six singles released to radio landed in the Australian TCM Top-30, alongside artists such as For King and Country, Rebecca St James, and Lauren Daigle, for a combined total of 70 weeks over the last six years. These singles include: Here [18 weeks], All Along [20 weeks], Included [10 weeks], God is Good [10 weeks], My Good Shepherd [8 weeks], and Love Story [4 weeks].


May 8
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Categories:

    Let everyone know about
    your event!

    Join the Circle of Friends for email alerts and updates.

    Didn't catch that number? Need our address? Find it here.