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Philip Yancey Books In Order

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

After the Wedding (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unhappy Secrets of the Christian Life (With: Tim Stafford) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where is God When it Hurts Study Guide (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fearfully and Wonderfully (With: Paul W. Brand) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Growing Pains in the Christian Life (With: Tim Stafford) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Insight (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dilemma of Pain (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Open Windows (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Student Bible: New International Version (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guidance (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Helping the Hurting (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
In His Image (With: Paul W. Brand) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Healing (With: Paul W. Brand) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Questions? Answers! (With: Tim Stafford,Verne Becker) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Confessions (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Can I Help When Someone is Hurting? (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Students' Guide to the New International Version (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Guided Tour of the Bible (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Was Just Wondering (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeing in the Dark (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
People & Priorities: Mountain Climbing by the Book (With: David L. McKenna) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
What They Never Told Me When I Became a Christian (With: Tim Stafford,Vern Becker) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Praying with the KGB (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heroes (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exploring Faith and Discipleship (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants (With: Paul W. Brand) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Discovering God (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forever Feast (With: Paul W. Brand) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jesus I Never Knew (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gift Nobody Wants (With: Paul W. Brand) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gift of Pain (With: Paul W. Brand) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Insight Bible (With: Tim Stafford) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's So Amazing About Grace? (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finding God in Unexpected Places (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jesus I Never Knew Leader's Guide (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's So Amazing About Grace? Study Guide (With: Brenda Quinn) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Life Hurts: Understanding God's Place in Your Pain (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find? (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reaching for the Invisible God Study Guide (With: Brenda Quinn) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bible Jesus Read (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bible Jesus Read Participant's Guide (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bible Jesus Read Leader's Guide (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rumors of Another World (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Skeptic's Guide to Faith (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Likeness of God (With: Paul W. Brand) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Why Pray (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
When We Hurt (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grace Notes: April 1-30: Daily Readings with a Fellow Pilgrim (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Good Is God?: On the Road with Stories of Grace (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jesus I Never Knew Study Guide (With: Brenda Quinn) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meet the Bible: A Panorama of God's Word in 366 Daily Readings and Reflections (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jesus (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grace Notes Journal (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christians and Politics Uneasy Partners (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prayer Bible Study Participant's Guide: Six Sessions on Our Relationship with God (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Question That Never Goes Away (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanishing Grace (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanishing Grace Bible Study Guide: Whatever Happened to the Good News? (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Companion in Crisis: A Modern Paraphrase of John Donne's Devotions (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scandal of Forgiveness: Grace Put to the Test (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where the Light Fell (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Undone: A Modern Rendering of John Donne's Devotions (With: John Donne) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Growing Deeper Books

The Wisdom of Each Other (By: Eugene H. Peterson) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage (With: Eugene H. Peterson) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God (By: Walter Wangerin Jr.,Eugene H. Peterson) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Is God When It Hurts? (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Designer Sex (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keeping Company with God (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Getting to Know Jesus (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jesus I Never Knew Participant's Guide (With: Claude V) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's So Amazing About Grace? Participant's Guide (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Chosen Vessels: Portraits of Ten Outstanding Christian Men(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reality and the Vision(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destiny and Deliverance(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Remember C. S. Lewis: Essays & Memoirs(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Than Words(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The aWAKE Project: Uniting against the African AIDS Crisis(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Syllable of Water(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mere Christians(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plough Quarterly No. 7(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suffering & Glory: Meditations for Holy Week and Easter(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Songs from the Silent Passage: Essays on the Works of Walter Wangerin, Jr.(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chasing Paper: Critical Reflections on Christian Books and Publishing(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Philip Yancey is an American author of spiritual books. His books have sold more than 15 million copies and have been translated into more than 30 languages making him one of the bestselling authors of spiritual books. Two of Philip’s books, What’s So Amazing About Grace and The Jesus I Never Knew, have won the ECPA Christian Book of the Year Award. Born and raised in Atlanta, Yancey almost lost faith in God at one point in life. At church, members suggested his father go off the life support machine in faith that God would heal him. After completing high school, he went to South Carolina, where he joined Columbia Bible College and met the love of his life, Janet. He also earned degrees in communications and English from the University of Chicago and Wheaton College Graduate School.

Yancey worked as an editor for Campus Life Magazine for eight years. He also contributed as editor for Christianity Today. He wrote articles for different publications, including, The Saturday Evening Post, Reader’s Digest, The Atlantic, Publishers Weekly, National Wildlife, Chicago Magazine, and Christian Century. As a journalist, Philip Yancey interviewed two US presidents and other prominent people, such as Billy Graham and Bono. Yancey is a Colorado resident. Besides writing, he’s traveled to more than 85 countries for speaking engagements.
While Grace is a simple English word, it can take an entire book to explain, and Yancey does a fantastic job in his What’s So Amazing About Grace (1997) to explain this subject. He meticulously explains what it means, what the Bible says about it, what it’s essential, and what it looks like in our churches and the world.

Through this book, Yancey examines Grace through stories such as Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman and the story of the prodigal son to show the Grace that Jesus himself desires from us. He captures instances of legalism and its effects on both Christians and non-Christians. This is a book written for Christians, and the author can prove to us that without Christ, Grace has no meaning.

In the 21st century, the church has fallen short of Grace repeatedly, and so has been the case throughout history. When people speak against church or religion, they speak of judgment-legalism- a lack of Grace, whether or not they use the term directly. God offered his people the ultimate measure of Grace through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ even though we never have or will never deserve that Grace- but it’s offered to us freely, so God calls us to respond.

Through Yancey, we learn that the solution to sin is to know God and not impose a strict code of behavior, and that’s a challenge the author imposes on the Christians. Even though published in 1997, the book remains relevant to this day as the issues and the events he talks about are hugely relevant to this day. News that has dominated the 21st century: wars, homosexuality, racism, refugee crisis, and civil rights are major issues in the world, and the church needs to play a bigger role in leading Grace to everyone across the globe, for Jesus never let anyone or institution interfere with his love for people.

Yancey never shies away from his earlier lack of Grace and the extend of the legalism in which he was raised. He talks about this in the book and how his childhood church fought for segregation in Southern US- a church without Grace. Through this book, the author can bring into the limelight themes that concern Christian living.

For example, we learn that forgiveness doesn’t start with us. Through his perspective, Yancey argues that the human race needs forgiveness to break the chain of ungrace and that divine forgiveness depends on us. He references this to the Lord’s Prayer, which says God won’t forgive us if we don’t forgive others. At the same time, he wishes these words weren’t in the Bible, for they turn Grace into law. He argues that we are not worthy of forgiveness if we don’t forgive others. Yancey is impressed with the grace-giving practices of Alcoholics Anonymous. He strongly suggests that the church would be better off adopting AA’s principles of utter dependence and radical honesty on God.

The Jesus I Never Knew is a Christological novel by Philip Yancey, published in 1995. It’s a book that appeals to Christians due to its approach to Jesus from a vivid portrayal obtained from the four gospel books.

With this publication, Yancey aims to provide readers with a new and distinctive viewpoint on the character and works of Jesus Christ, including his life and teachings, miracles, death and resurrection, and overall identity and purpose for coming into the world. Looking through widely held misconceptions about Jesus, the author reports facts concerning him and his teachings as the writers of the gospels to document them. He describes his path of discovery in this book. The Jesus I Never Knew vividly portrays this important historical person by juxtaposing the events of the Gospel with the world we currently live in. To answer their challenging concerns, the author explores some of Jesus’ extreme statements and wonders if modern Christians take them very seriously enough.

Yancey candidly recalls his experience of rediscovering Jesus to show his readers the progression of many Christians’ philosophical faith journeys. He starts by clearing up any misunderstandings regarding Jesus’ physical attributes, then he discusses his personality, his relationships with others, and his relationships with his followers. He draws from various sources, including several of Hollywood’s cinematic renderings, to challenge established beliefs about who Christ was and is.

Throughout the book, Yancey crafts what is effectively a prose harmonization of the Gospels, recreating the struggles and teachings of Jesus in a conversational and understandable style. Although the material is not scholarly, the research is thorough and varied, with some sections examining critical issues and others reminding the reader of essential elements of Jesus’ life that they may have forgotten. While Yancey may have theorized how the ministry of Jesus would have differed if it had been centered in a significant city (ultimately unimportant), his recollection of this fact adds to the amazement that Jesus’ ministry spread so far.

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