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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John Donne Redone

Posted on Fri, Oct 27 2023 in Blog, Writing | 32 Comments

I have an ancient poet to thank for my first book. During my mid-twenties, while serving as the editor of Campus Life magazine, I came across John Donne’s… read on

Now More Than Ever

Posted on Sat, Sep 30 2023 in Blog, Writing | 44 Comments

I wrote What’s So Amazing About Grace? more than twenty-five years ago, at the close of the twentieth century. I feared that some parts of the church were… read on

The Secret of Memoirs

Posted on Thu, Jul 28 2022 in Blog, Writing | 39 Comments

When I decided to write a memoir, I went to the library and methodically made my way through every memoir on their shelves. For years I had been… read on

Through a Writer’s Eyes

Posted on Thu, Aug 19 2021 in Blog, Writing | 26 Comments

As someone who has been writing articles and books for half a century, I read the Bible differently than most people. I can’t help peeking behind the words… read on

My Untold Story

Posted on Wed, Apr 14 2021 in Blog, Writing | 56 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 Melancholy Thanksgiving

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

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

The Power of Love and the Love of Power (Shakespeare: Part II)

Posted on Mon, Mar 9 2020 in Blog, Writing | 19 Comments

William Shakespeare knew love, and also its complications.  At the age of eighteen he married Anne Hathaway, a woman eight years his senior.  Six months after the wedding,… read on

What Makes Shakespeare Great? (Part I)

Posted on Mon, Feb 17 2020 in Blog, Writing | 29 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

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 Father Is Born

Posted on Sun, Jun 17 2018 in Blog, Writing | 7 Comments

I have long looked to Frederick Buechner, who turns 92 next month, as a mentor.  I included him in Soul Survivor as one of the key people who… read on