Writing for Myself

Philip Yancey writes for himself, not his readers. He likens his task of exploring tough theological questions to that of an explorer hacking their way through the jungle on their way to the ocean; the journey is a personal struggle, but it leaves a trail for others to discover what he’s found.

 
 

Contributor: Philip Yancey

Princeton Theological Seminary, 2016


A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago.  He joined the staff of Campus Life magazine in 1971, and worked there for ten years as an editor and publisher.

Then Yancey became a full-time writer, initially working as a journalist for such varied publications as Readers Digest, National Wildlife, Christian Century and The Reformed Journal.  For many years he wrote a monthly column for Christianity Today magazine, which he still serves as Editor at Large.

He has written over twenty-five books, including Where Is God When It Hurts?, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, and Disappointment with God.  His books have won thirteen Gold Medallion Awards from the Christian Publishers Association and have sold more than fifteen million copies in English, as well as being translated into thirty-five languages.  Christian bookstore managers selected The Jesus I Never Knew as the 1996 Book of the Year, and What’s So Amazing About Grace? received the same award in 1998.  Among his most recent books are The Question That Never Goes Away and Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?.

The Yanceys lived in downtown Chicago before moving to a very different environment in Colorado.  They enjoy mountain climbing, skiing, wildlife, and all the other delights of the Rocky Mountains.