Best-selling author to visit Scott City church Friday

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SCOTT CITY -- New York Times best-selling author Wm. Paul Young will be at the First Assembly of God Church on Friday for a book signing to promote his new book "Cross Roads."

The book signing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 312 Dearborn St..

Young is best known for his top-selling book "The Shack" which spent 50 weeks at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list and sold 18 million copies. "The Shack" tells the story of a man rediscovering his lost faith after the murder of his 5-year-old daughter. In his new book, Young tells the story of a man who falls into a coma and begins revisiting choices he made during his life.

Young wrote "The Shack" as a gift to his children as a way to communicate to them what was important to him.

"It's one man's journey to understand God during tragedy," he said. "It was a gift, and I never expected to publish it. I made 15 copies at Office Depot then went back to work."

Randy Morse, pastor at First Assembly of God Church, was instrumental in having Scott City added to the list of cities for Young's book tour.

"Paul is actually a friend of a friend, and we were extremely lucky that a spot opened up for us to be able to bring him here for this book signing," Morse said, adding that he is expecting a huge turnout with Barnes & Noble helping to facilitate the event.

Young recently was on the "Today Show" and has been interviewed by People magazine. Young also will speak to students of Scott City Public Schools on Friday.

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