Philip Yancey

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Philip Yancey
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Philip Yancey speaking at the 2008 Greenbelt Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in England
Born (1949-11-04) November 4, 1949 (age 68)
Nationality American
Occupation Author

Philip Yancey (born 1949[1]) is an American Christian author. Fourteen million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, making him one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors. Two of his books have won the ECPA's Christian Book of the Year Award: The Jesus I Never Knew in 1996, and What's So Amazing About Grace? in 1998.[2] He is published by Zondervan Publishing, WaterBrook, and Hachette.


Yancey was born in Atlanta[3] and grew up in nearby suburbs.[4] When Yancey was one year old, his father, stricken with polio, died, after church members suggested he go off life support in faith that God would heal him. This and other negative experiences with a rigid church contributed to Yancey's losing his faith at one point.[5][6] After high school he attended college in South Carolina, where he met his wife, Janet.[7] His two graduate degrees in Communications and English were earned from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago.

Yancey moved to Chicago, Illinois, and in 1971 joined the staff of Campus Life magazine—a publication of Youth for Christ directed towards high school and college students—where he served as editor for eight years.[8] Yancey was for many years an editor for Christianity Today, and also wrote articles for publications including Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Publishers Weekly, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Eternity, Moody Monthly, and National Wildlife. He now lives in Colorado, working as a freelance writer and an editor-at-large for Christianity Today. He was a member of the editorial board of Books & Culture, another magazine affiliated with Christianity Today, and travels around the world for speaking engagements.

Yancey was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident in February 2007 but recovered well. By August 2007, he had completed his goal of climbing all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot (4,300 m)-plus peaks, the final three after his accident.[9]


Philip Yancey at a book signing with a fan in 2014
Philip Yancey (left) has written many books, including Vanishing Grace


  1. ^ "Library of Congress Authority Record: Yancey, Philip". 2012-10-02. 
  2. ^ "ECPA". Archived from the original on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  3. ^ Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church by Yancey, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001, p 12.
  4. ^ Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey, 1995, Zondervan, p. 60.
  5. ^ "Philip Yancey's Life". Archived from the original on 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2006-03-06. 
  6. ^ Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church by Yancey, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001, pp 21–22.
  7. ^ Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church by Yancey, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001, pp 2, 45.
  8. ^ "Soul Survivor – Philip Yancey – "About the Author"". Random House. Retrieved 2006-03-06. 
  9. ^ newsletter January 21, 2008 reproduced in Random Musings from a Doctor's Chair (retrieved January 27, 2008).
  10. ^ ISBN 978-0-8355-1309-8

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