by Philip Yancey
Since I cracked open a Yancey book years ago, I was hooked. Not only is he a good writer, he comes across as real; someone who has faced the same issues as a person in the pew and isn’t afraid to be honest about it.
On his website (philipyancey.com), he writes,“I write books for myself, I’m a pilgrim, recovering from a bad church upbringing, searching for a faith that makes its followers larger and not smaller. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that most interest me. My books are a process of exploration and investigation of things I wonder about and worry about.”
Yancey also shares on how he draws close to the God he once feared; he spends about an hour each morning reading spiritually nourishing books, meditating, and praying. This helps him “align” himself with God for the day. “I tend to go back to the Bible as a model, because I don’t know a more honest book,” Yancey explains. “I can’t think of any argument against God that isn’t already included in the Bible.”
For those who like his books, Yancey realises that they’ve been burned by the church or they’re upset about certain aspects of Christianity. He empathises, “I understand that feeling of disappointment, even betrayal. I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith.”
There are eight Philip Yancey books in Treasure Trove:
- The BIble Jesus Read
- The Gift of Pain
- Where is God when it hurts?
- Reaching for the Invisible God
- What Good is God?
- Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
- In His Image
- The Jesus I never knew
Why wait? Pick one and dive in.
Prepared by Lucilla Teoh, a Treasure Trove Team member