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

A Tale of Two Families

Posted on Sat, Aug 19 2017 in Blog | 83 Comments

In the process of writing a memoir, I have been reflecting on the families of two sisters.  The first, Joyce, ruled with the iron hand of legalism.  Her… read on

Reading Wars

Posted on Thu, Jul 20 2017 in Blog | 105 Comments

I am going through a personal crisis.  I used to love reading.  I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with some… read on


Posted on Sat, Jun 17 2017 in Blog | 57 Comments

I never thought it strange, not having a father.  I was barely a year old when my father died, so I didn’t miss him.  How could I?  I… read on

A View from Abroad

Posted on Tue, May 23 2017 in Blog | 42 Comments

If you feel discouraged about the church in the U.S.—or the state of the nation itself, for that matter—I recommend traveling abroad.  I just returned from two countries… read on

Now You See Him…

Posted on Sat, Apr 15 2017 in Blog | 39 Comments

Have you ever wondered what Jesus was doing between the first Easter Sunday and his ascension six weeks later?  The New Testament records ten appearances, half of them… read on

Banished to Paradise

Posted on Sat, Mar 25 2017 in Blog | 16 Comments

Janet and I spent last week in Hawaii. After attending a conference in Honolulu, we opted to spend our free time not at a beach resort but rather… read on

Grace in Silence

Posted on Sat, Feb 4 2017 in Blog | 16 Comments

For almost thirty years, one book has obsessed the movie director Martin Scorsese: Silence, the celebrated novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo.  Now, in a lavish $40 million production, Scorsese’s… read on

Election Reflections: Bridging the Gap

Posted on Sat, Jan 7 2017 in Blog, Politics | 98 Comments

In its Person of the Year cover story, Time magazine gave Donald Trump the title “President of the Divided States of America.”  With good reason.  A glance at… read on

Joy to a Fear-Filled World

Posted on Sat, Dec 17 2016 in Blog | 12 Comments

A friend of mine named Angela told me about a time when her faith was just awakening.  Raised Catholic, she had a wistful interest in spirituality though scant… read on

Sex and the Elk

Posted on Sun, Oct 16 2016 in Blog | 17 Comments

Elk rutting season has just ended in Colorado, and thousands of spectator-filled cars lined the roads of parks and wildlife preserves to watch the show.  I simply had… read on