Philip Yancey grew up confused by the contradictions: “We heard about love and grace, but I didn’t experience much,” he says.

Throughout his fifty year writing career, this is the book he has contemplated all along: “I truly believe this is the one book I was put on earth to write.”

Today Philip joins the Better Samaritan podcast to discuss his new memoir, Where the Light Fell. He reveals what has happened between his mother & brother since writing his memoir, compares the response to the polio with the response to the COVID-19 vaccine, and talks about recovering from a toxic church.

Plus, exclusive for Better Samaritan listeners: enjoy 5 ½ hours of Philip’s favorite writing music on our Spotify playlist.


Where the Light Fell: A Memoir (available now)

"On Being a Good Neighbor", sermon draft by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This episode produced by Laura Finch

Theme Song “Turning Over Tables” by The Brilliance

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(Note to the listener: In this podcast, sometimes we'll have evangelicals, sometimes we won't. We thinking learning how to do good better involves listening to lots of perspectives, with different insights and understanding with us. Sometimes it will make us uncomfortable, sometimes we'll agree, sometimes we won't. We think that's good. We want to listen for correction. Especially in our blind spots.)