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

Ocean Summer

Posted on Mon, Jul 19 2021 in Blog | 35 Comments

I’ve been dredging my life for recollections to include in a memoir, which will come out in October with the title Where the Light Fell. Here’s a memory… read on

In the Air Again

Posted on Wed, Jun 16 2021 in Blog, Speaker, Travel | 38 Comments

After staying home virtually all of 2020, in the Spring of this year I started traveling again. In May I ventured an international trip, accepting an invitation to… read on

The World Outside My Window

Posted on Thu, May 20 2021 in Blog | 34 Comments

For years I worked out of a basement apartment in Chicago, with a window view of the sidewalk outside. I saw the knees of people walking by, along… read on

My Untold Story

Posted on Wed, Apr 14 2021 in Blog, Writing | 44 Comments

For as long as I’ve been writing, I have wanted to produce a memoir. I’ve read great memoirs on other religious groups: Frank McCourt’s account of Irish Catholics… read on

A Time to Weep

Posted on Thu, Mar 25 2021 in Blog | 26 Comments

Some days—September 11, December 7—forever stain our mental calendars, and this year March 11 joined those “days of infamy.” The date marked not only the one-year anniversary of… read on

A Time to Fear

Posted on Sat, Feb 20 2021 in Blog | 42 Comments

COVID-19 is hardly the first pandemic to strike fear across the world. In the 17th century, the Black Death (bubonic plague) swept across Europe in waves. One of… read on

Talking with the Other Side

Posted on Fri, Jan 22 2021 in Blog | 56 Comments

I recently listened to a TED talk in which the speaker asked members of the audience, “Raise your hand if you have a loved one, neighbor, or friend… read on

Disturbing the Universe

Posted on Fri, Dec 25 2020 in Blog | 37 Comments

Unlike most people, I do not feel much Dickensian nostalgia at Christmastime. The holiday fell just a few days after my father died early in my childhood, and all… read on

A Melancholy Thanksgiving

Posted on Thu, Nov 26 2020 in Blog, Writing | 34 Comments

I’ve been working on a modern paraphrase of John Donne’s Devotions, which he wrote in 1623 during a bubonic plague outbreak. One-third of London’s residents would die, and… read on

Showing Us Another Way

Posted on Thu, Oct 22 2020 in Blog | 27 Comments

Again and again this year, scenes of racial injustice have played out before our eyes. African Americans insist that such incidents are nothing new; the difference is that… read on