On February 7-8, 2009, the special guest speaker was Philip Yancey, the internationally acclaimed best-selling US Christian author.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, and worked there as Editor and then Publisher for eight years.
In 1979 Philip Yancey became a full-time writer. More than 700 of his articles have appeared in 80 different publications, including Reader’s Digest, Publisher’s Weekly, National Wildlife, Christian Century and The Reformed Journal.
He writes articles and a monthly column for Christianity Today magazine, which he serves as Editor at Large, and co-chairs the Editorial Board of Books and Culture, a publication of Christianity Today.
His twenty books include Where Is God When It Hurts, The Student Bible, and Disappointment with God. These books have won twelve Gold Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and have sold more than fifteen million copies and been translated into 33 languages. Three of those books (Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, In His Image, and The Gift of Pain) were co-authored with Dr. Paul Brand. Christian bookstore managers selected The Jesus I Never Knew as the 1996 Book of the Year, and What’s So Amazing About Grace won the same award in 1998. His most recent books are Rumors of Another World and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
Philip Yancey lived in downtown Chicago for many years before moving to a very different environment in Colorado. He enjoys hiking, wildlife, and all the other delights of the Rocky Mountains.
Philip Yancey’s speaking schedule on his Cairo visit for St. John’s Church entailed the following:
A lecture at St. John’s Church on January 7, 2009 --Title of Lecture: “Thoughts on Prayer.”
A lecture at All Saint’s Cathedral in downtown Cairo on January 8, 2009—Title of Lecture: “What’s So Amazing About Grace?”