Who is Philip Yancey?

For Yancey, reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him.

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Recent Posts

Our Best Idea

Posted on Mon, Aug 15 2016 in Blog | 11 Comments

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday on August 25, 2016.  Ken Burns, producer of a PBS television series on the parks, explains why he chose to… read on

Hope in the Dark

Posted on Thu, Jul 21 2016 in Blog | 8 Comments

Amid all the bleak news about America’s racial divide, I came across a remarkable video on a spiritual awakening in the largest maximum-security prison in the country.  The… read on

Why I Write

Posted on Sun, Jun 19 2016 in Blog | 15 Comments

I just returned from a week at the Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop in Princeton, New Jersey. Buechner has always been a model for me, an author who expresses… read on

Shakespeare and the Election

Posted on Thu, May 26 2016 in Blog | 10 Comments

This month marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. I once made a New Year’s resolution to read all 38 of his plays in one year. Although… read on

The China Syndrome

Posted on Sun, Apr 24 2016 in Blog | 14 Comments

You can hardly pick up a newsmagazine without reading about the resurgence of China.  That Asian nation has surpassed the U.S. for the unenviable title of the world’s… read on

The Superhero Prophet

Posted on Mon, Mar 21 2016 in Blog | 9 Comments

A fluke of this year’s calendar has the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter separated by almost a month. Historically, of course, they go together: Jesus celebrated the Passover… read on

The Quirky Wisdom of T. S. Eliot

Posted on Sat, Feb 20 2016 in Blog | 12 Comments

Last year marked the fiftieth anniversary of T. S. Eliot’s death. The premier poet of his generation, Eliot sent shock waves through the literati of Britain and America… read on

Born in the U.S.A.

Posted on Sun, Jan 24 2016 in Blog | 8 Comments

A friend of mine, David Graham, recently returned from thirteen years in Ecuador.  He had served as general surgeon and medical director of a mission hospital, and I… read on

Snow on Snow

Posted on Fri, Jan 1 2016 in Blog | 2 Comments

Have you entered the storehouses of the snow             or seen the storehouses of the hail… From whose womb comes the ice?             Who gives birth to the… read on

Paris and Beyond

Posted on Sat, Nov 28 2015 in Blog | 25 Comments

On the day when bullets flew and bombs detonated in Paris, plunging the City of Light into darkness, I was visiting the most populous Muslim nation in the… read on