Bailey Cafe to host author’s event


Wayne Jacobsen


Staff Writer

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Area residents will have an unusual opportunity Sunday to meet with Christian author Wayne Jacobsen, who was largely responsible for the publication of the best-selling novel, “The Shack.”

Jacobsen will appear at an event called “An Afternoon with Wayne Jacobsen” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Bailey Cafe at 12544 Hanover St. in Bailey. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are not usually even open on Sundays, but we are hosting this event this Sunday,” said Bonny Hinnant, a member of the staff at Bailey’s Cafe.

The cafe will not be open for business during the event, but refreshments will be served.

“We are expecting a good crowd for this event,” Hinnant said.

Jacobsen, who was one of the main collaborators in the writing of William P. Young’s “The Shack,” also helped found Windblown Media, the company that originally published the best-selling novel. “The Shack,” the story of man’s unusual encounter with God, sold more than 3.8 million copies in one year. The movie version of the story was released in March 2017. 

Jacobsen is a former pastor and author of several other books on topics related to spirituality, religion and culture including “So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore,” “A Man Like No Other” and “Finding Church.” Jacobsen is also a contributor to “The God Journey” podcast and the founder of LifeStream.org.

The trip to Bailey is part of a tour through parts of North Carolina Jacobsen is pursuing. He will also appear in other locations in the state including Garner, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Concord. According to his website, Jacobsen sees this journey as a part of his purpose.

“As a writer and teacher I travel the world helping believers sort out what it means to live freely in the life of Christ,” Jacobsen said.