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Philip Yancey

Author of What's So Amazing About Grace?

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About the Author

Philip Yancey is a journalist and writer who writes a featured column in Christianity Today. The author of more than a dozen books. He is the recipient of a Christianity Today Book of the Year Award, two ECPA Book of the Year Awards, and eleven Gold Medallions. He lives in Evergreen, Colorado. show more (Publisher Provided) Philip Yancey received graduate degrees in communication and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago. He worked as a journalist in Chicago for about twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life and writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader's Digest and the Saturday Evening Post. He is an editor at large of Christianity Today. His Christianity Today column ran from 1985 to 2009. He is the author of numerous books including Disappointment with God, Where Is God When It Hurts?, The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace?, The Bible Jesus Read, Reaching for the Invisible God, Rumors of Another World, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, and What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters. He has received 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Philip Yancey

What's So Amazing About Grace? (1997) 5,390 copies
The Jesus I Never Knew (1995) 4,773 copies
Where Is God When It Hurts? (1977) 2,900 copies
Disappointment with God (1988) 2,302 copies
The Bible Jesus Read (1999) 2,134 copies
Reaching for the Invisible God (2000) 1,802 copies
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (1980) 1,607 copies
In His Image (1984) 803 copies
Church: Why Bother? (1998) 582 copies
I Was Just Wondering (1989) 445 copies
Where the Light Fell (2021) 205 copies
Meet the Bible (2000) 132 copies
Why Pray? (2006) 80 copies
Open Windows (1982) 59 copies
NIV Student Bible, Revised (2002) 46 copies
Grace (Visual Edition) (2010) 22 copies
Jesus (Visual Edition) (2010) 16 copies
Seeing in the Dark (1989) 13 copies
Stories for the Soul (2004) 11 copies
Designer Sex (Booklets) (2005) 11 copies
GNT Student Bible (2003) 10 copies
NIV Student Bible (2011) 9 copies
Insight (1982) 9 copies
True Confessions (1987) 9 copies
Grace Notes Journal (2011) 4 copies
Christian Book Sampler. (2004) 4 copies
Getting to Know Jesus (2008) 3 copies
chess Master 1 copy
Why Be Good? 1 copy
Dilemma of Pain (1982) 1 copy
God at Large 1 copy
TV and Me 1 copy
Scared? 1 copy
The insight Bible (1992) 1 copy
Angel Envy 1 copy
Why Not Now? 1 copy

Associated Works

Orthodoxy (1908) — Introduction, some editions — 6,667 copies
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (2004) — Contributor — 763 copies
The Gift of Pain (1993) 587 copies
John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace (2007) — Foreword — 537 copies
The Best Christian Writing 2000 (2000) — Introduction — 75 copies
Stories for the Christian Year (1992) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Best Spiritual Writing 2011 (2010) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (2011) — Introduction — 27 copies
The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity (Beliefnet Guides) (2005) — Introduction, some editions — 26 copies
Fresh Voices: A Collection of Bestsellers (2003) — some editions — 14 copies


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Definitely an inspiring book to read when going through a difficult time.
pianistpalm91 | 20 other reviews | Apr 7, 2024 |
Inspirational reflections taken from the author's writings in Christianity Today offer new evidence of God's extraordinary presence in the routine moments of everyday life, from reading the newspaper headlines to sticking to a new diet.
StFrancisofAssisi | 12 other reviews | Mar 19, 2024 |
As a young teenager, I remember picking up one of Philip Yancey’s books (Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, coauthored with Paul Brand), and being drawn in by his perspective and the stories he had to tell. After that, I knew I wanted to read more of his writings, so I started collecting his books whenever I came across them. Collecting books is one thing; getting around to reading them is something else entirely. But I did manage to pick up What Good is God over the last month, and I quickly grew to appreciate Yancey’s writing style and perspective all over again.

As a collection of ten different talks Yancey has given over the years, this book can tend to feel slightly disconnected, but viewed across the broad span of the book, the main theme—seeking to know and understand more of God’s faithfulness even in the most trying circumstances—shines through brilliantly.

I found this book both challenging and inspiring. Challenging, because some of the situations Yancey describes are ones I would find incredibly uncomfortable to navigate. Inspiring, because Yancey manages to pull deep life lessons—and astute observations and conclusions—out of all his varied experiences. Through it all, a thread of faithful perseverance and trust in the Lord is encouraged and lived out.

This was a book I’ll be mulling over for a long time. It’s going down as one of the books I saved the most quotes from in 2023—there was a lot of gentle wisdom in these pages, as well as clarity of thought about situations I’ve never considered before.

If you enjoy being pushed outside of your comfort zone by what you’re reading at times, or enjoy getting a different perspective on the world, or generally want to grow in your Christian faith, I’d highly recommend you pick up this book. It’s a gem, and I’m sure I’ll want to read it again someday!
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EstherFilbrun | 19 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |



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