My favorite writer in all the world is Philip Yancey…and if you check my MySpace, he’s one of the two people I most want to meet. But really, he’s the person I most want to meet. Why? Because Yancey’s writing has profoundly affected my life, my thoughts, and my writing. The Jesus I Never Knew is still one of my favorite books (it could possibly be my favorite, but I don’t want all my other favorite books to feel left out!) Before his determined analysis of Jesus in character, culture, and humanity, I never could fathom Jesus as “real”. True, I believed the Bible, but I never felt deeply one way or the other.
Through his other books Disappointment with God, Reaching for the Invisible God, Church: Why Bother?, and others, I found someone who shared my doubts. Yancey put things in a way that related to me, that allowed my mind to consider new possibilities. So it was with great pleasure I read Christianity Today’s online article about Philip Yancey, who is editor-at-large and a regular columnist for the magazine. The article, written by long-time friend Tim Stafford, talks about Yancey’s history, passion, and his “healing pen”. It made me want to spend the rest of the day reading all the Philip Yancey books I own!
Check out “The Healing Pen” a biographical piece on Philip Yancey and how he uses words to heal himself and others (like me).