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

Aging Grace-fully

Posted on Tue, Jan 22 2019 in Blog | 57 Comments

My grandmother, born in Atlanta in 1899, was a classic Southern woman of the era, with the singular ambition of rearing a family.  She had no checking account,… read on

Melancholy Angels

Posted on Sat, Dec 22 2018 in Blog | 33 Comments

In my years of writing, I’ve not paid much attention to angels. I’ve never knowingly encountered one — knowingly, I say, for how could I tell for certain?… read on

Emerging from the Dark

Posted on Thu, Nov 15 2018 in Blog, Travel | 30 Comments

During Soviet days the authorities arrested and imprisoned my father, a pastor.  He was sentenced to be executed, but Russia was constructing something above the Arctic Circle, so… read on

Farewell, Eugene

Posted on Thu, Oct 25 2018 in Blog | 77 Comments

This week I lost a friend, and the world lost one of God’s favorites: Eugene Peterson. Other blogs and websites are reporting on his achievements as a pastor,… read on

Big Screen, Little Screen

Posted on Thu, Sep 27 2018 in Blog | 16 Comments

This week I leave for a trip to Ukraine, Belarus, and Hungary.  My first stop, Ukraine, brings to mind memories of the stirring Orange Revolution that occurred there… read on

Are You Happy?

Posted on Mon, Aug 27 2018 in Blog | 40 Comments

Each year the UN rates the happiest places in the world, based on such factors as freedom, generosity, lack of corruption, healthy life expectancy, and social support. Scandinavian… read on

On the Road Again

Posted on Thu, Jul 19 2018 in Blog, Travel | 28 Comments

I travel to other countries about four times a year, usually at the invitation of an international publisher of my books. This year, for example, I’ve flown to… 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

Unexpected Guest

Posted on Thu, Apr 26 2018 in Blog | 53 Comments

Sitting on the platform as a visiting speaker, I feel as if I have entered a time warp from the late 1950s. I look out on a church… read on

Sounds of Silence in Japan

Posted on Fri, Mar 30 2018 in Blog | 22 Comments

Different sounds accompany great disasters. An earthquake begins with the rumble of heaving earth and the crack of fissured faults, followed by the cacophony of books falling off… read on