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Philip Yancey: whatever happened to the Good News?

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Inspirational Breakfast with Esther Higham

Award-winning author Philip Yancey has explored the most basic questions of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. He spoke with John about spreading the Good News of the Gospel and Christianity in modern society. How should we live out our faith today?

Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in southern USA, Philip Yancey viewed God as someone searching for anyone who might be having a good time…in order to squash them.

“We heard about love and grace, but I didn’t experience much. We were taught that God answers prayers, miraculously, but my father died of polio just after my first birthday, despite many prayers for his healing.” 

For him reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught.

Ever since, Yancey has explored the most basic questions of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. He became a writer, producing books such as Disappointment with God and Where is God When it Hurts?. More recently, he has felt the freedom to explore central issues of the Christian faith, penning award-winning titles such as The Jesus I Never Knew, What’s So Amazing About Grace? and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?. 

He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide. The latest is called Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened To The Good News?.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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