May 8th in Seattle, my friend Jim Henderson is introducing an amazing and ambitious show, starring Paul Young, author of the powerful and provocative novel "The Shack," which has shaken the Christian publishing world as no novel has done in the past century. It's the story of a man confronting some painful memories from his past in a little cabin in the Northwest wilderness, and in the company of -- brace yourself -- the Trinity, one of whose members is God the Parent, represented in the story by an African American woman. The book has sold millions of copies to people eager to connect with an image of God that reflects the love and compassion taught by Jesus. Now, Jim Henderson is bringing stories from The Shack to the stage. But I'll let Jim tell you about it. I hope you'll join me on May 8th in Seattle for this memorable show. Buy a ticket for yourself (and anyonwe else you can think of) and come to the show in Seattle!
Jim Henderson's Biggest Project Ever: Stories From the Shack
Jim Henderson: Before I was a pastor I was a blues singer. While many of my Christian colleagues locate their cultural roots in the church, I grew up in clubs, concert halls and bars. Some of my closest friends grew up listening to preachers. I cut my creative teeth playing in bands that laid down a groove so wide you could drive a truck through it.
Like a prodigal son returning to the church I‚Äôve decided to go home to my roots.
The problem with the ministry business is that relatively few non-Christians will give you the time of day. That‚Äôs why influential Christians like Bono, Carrie Underwood, The Jonas Brothers and even Justin Bieber don‚Äôt ‚Äúminister‚Äù they entertain. They compete head to head with the best show business has to offer and they also happen to be followers of Jesus.
Since I spend the better part of my time helping people craft their story and expand their influence, I decided to turn this hobby into a production company Jim Henderson Presents. My motive for starting this business is simple ‚Äì Take Jesus Public. I want to do it using the standard entertainment vehicles like TV, music, social media, interviews, as well as a new genre of entertainment I‚Äôm helping to develop that I‚Äôll tell you more about.
Sociologist James Davison Hunter makes this observation, "the most profound changes in culture can be seen first as they penetrate into the linguistic and mythic fabric of a social order‚Äù and the people who usually instigate linguistic and mythical shifts are not preachers or academics but entertainers and artists. Patrons and others drive the idea forward but musicians, poets and creatives conceptualize the new paradigms. Hunter says it this way, ‚Äúat every point of challenge and change we find a rich source of patronage‚Ä¶ Often enough alongside these elites are artists, poets, musicians and the like who symbolize, narrate and popularize this vision.‚Äù
This is why I‚Äôve decided to get back into show business. I want to influence the larger cultural conversation about spirituality that‚Äôs currently being shaped by entertainers such as Oprah, Chopra, Palin and Beck.
My first show is the most ambitious production I‚Äôve ever undertaken. Its called Stories From The Shack.
In just a little 10 days Jim Henderson Presents is partnering with Gary Clayton Entertainment and James L Rubart to present Stories From The Shack. The Show celebrates over 100,000 stories people have sent Paul Young after reading The Shack, stories of profound loss, pain, forgiveness and hope.
‚ÄúI have just finished reading The Shack and am still welling with the emotion of it. Your book touched something very foundational in me something I do not have language to explain. I have no belief in God. I have no sense of God's love or presence but I want to. So much of what is in your book resonated deep in my soul. You painted a picture of love and acceptance that you labeled God. I crave the love and acceptance, but know not how to find it."
‚ÄúI just wanted to say that your book is amazing and that I found myself crying at many times during it. My dad died when I was 9. I was depressed and mad at God. I felt God had betrayed me, but when I read your book my whole perspective changed. Your book showed me that God never left me in the midst of my "Great Sadness", instead he was there with open arms. I am trying to start a book club of "the Shack" because I can't just keep this amazing book and my emotions that go with it to myself. I am always the quiet one, who never really shows his faith, and never shouts for God. But your book changed that. Many people at my school are beginning to purchase or read the book.‚Äù
Stories From The Shack highlights several stories like these to tell The Story of The Shack. But what‚Äôs really exciting is how we tell these stories. I call it Interactive Spectacle Art.
Stories From The Shack is not a film, play, author reading or conference. It's a combination of elements normally associated with Cirque Du Soleil and Charlie Rose-like interviews - which is why I call it, Interactive Spectacle Art.
We've recently discovered that our show is part of a new emerging genre of live staged events. Imagine if in the middle of a Cirque performance you could interact with the performers and ‚Äúeavesdrop‚Äù on conversations between the creators and actors. That‚Äôs the kind of creativity you‚Äôll experience at Stories From The Shack. I think of it as Style meets Substance.
What‚Äôs really cool is you can bring the whole family. Kids over the age of ten will love it. They will be ‚Äúwowed‚Äù by the aerial artistry (yes, people flying around overhead), expressive dance, awesome music and spectacular stage sets. And did I mention Danny Gokey of American Idol fame? Danny will not only perform several times he will also share how The Shack helped him through the painful loss of his wife.
We will be taking this show to four cities in May and June. Opening night is May 8th in Seattle (It's Mothers Day so Bring your Mom/Wife) at The WAMU Theater at Quest Field.
If you have enjoyed anything I‚Äôve done or feel like you want to support me I need you to do 4 things for me right now.
1) Facebook and Tweet this link to your friends and fans,
2) Buy a ticket for yourself (and your mother or wife) and come to the show in Seattle,
3) If you don‚Äôt live in Seattle buy a ticket to one of the other shows on the tour,
4) After you have done that please donate to our Kickstarter campaign so we have gas to get to the other three cities on the tour.