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

Thanksgiving Derailed

Posted on Thu, Nov 25 2021 in Blog, Travel | 16 Comments

The year was 1982, one of my first trips overseas. I got a sore neck, turning this way and that to take in the sights of the five-ring… read on

What Makes a Church Toxic?

Posted on Thu, Oct 28 2021 in Blog | 63 Comments

When I discuss my recent memoir, Where the Light Fell, often I use the phrase toxic church to describe the extreme form of Southern fundamentalism I grew up… read on

Kids in Church

Posted on Fri, Sep 24 2021 in Blog | 28 Comments

My new memoir, Where the Light Fell, includes a few scenes from the childhood church I attended, near Atlanta.  How does this compare to scenes from your childhood… 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

Ocean Summer

Posted on Mon, Jul 19 2021 in Blog | 39 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 | 39 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 | 55 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 | 27 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