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

What Makes Shakespeare Great? (Part I)

Posted on Mon, Feb 17 2020 in Blog, Writing | 28 Comments

Some years ago I read through all 38 of the plays by William Shakespeare. I chose one night per week, drank lots of coffee, and used an edition… read on

A Time to Doubt

Posted on Sun, Jan 12 2020 in Blog | 67 Comments

In December I was interviewed by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, who devotes an annual Christmas column to a conversation with a believing Christian. Kristof asked… read on

The Holy Disease

Posted on Sun, Dec 8 2019 in Blog | 22 Comments

I’ve been speaking to various groups about my recently released book with Dr. Paul Brand, Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God’s Image. An orthopedic surgeon by… read on

An Anniversary Worth Remembering

Posted on Tue, Nov 12 2019 in Blog, Travel | 23 Comments

On a driving trip through Scandinavia I got my first view of aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. In Finland, just twenty miles from the Russian border, I stood… read on

Trusting the Bridge

Posted on Mon, Oct 21 2019 in Blog | 13 Comments

[In Fearfully and Wonderfully, Dr. Paul Brand describes a time when his Christian faith was tested by doubt, especially regarding the issue of evolution.] In medical school I… read on

Snapshots from Asia

Posted on Wed, Sep 18 2019 in Blog, Travel | 21 Comments

I traveled to Southeast Asia in late July, in the midst of their steamy tropical summer. The trip began in Singapore, a clean and modern place where, mercifully,… read on

Body Mindfulness

Posted on Mon, Aug 19 2019 in Blog, Writing | 27 Comments

This month IVP has released a new, revised version of my writings with Dr. Paul Brand, Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God’s Image.  Gratitude was the… read on

A Refugee Haven

Posted on Mon, Jul 15 2019 in Blog, Travel | 22 Comments

I am flying into Beirut, Lebanon, for a conference, and from the air the city looks to deserve its reputation as “the Paris of the Middle East.”  Upscale… read on

Why I Believe

Posted on Sat, Jun 22 2019 in Blog | 24 Comments

Early in his pilgrimage, the literary monk Thomas Merton wrote, “Very soon we get to the point where we simply say, ‘I believe’ or ‘I refuse to believe.’” … read on

The Second Mountain

Posted on Tue, May 14 2019 in Blog | 42 Comments

Have I ever experienced a day more “head-twisting” than last Thursday in Denver? It began with a gathering at Denver’s snazzy Convention Center. I had agreed to host… read on