• Where the Light Fell

  • A Memoir
  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Philip Yancey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Not until college days do I discover the shocking secret of my father's death.

With a journalist's background, Philip Yancey is widely admired for taking on the more difficult and confusing aspects of faith. Now, in Where the Light Fell, he shares, for the first time, the painful details of his own origins - taking us on an evocative journey from the backwoods and Bible-belt pockets of the South to the bustling streets of Philadelphia: from trailer parks to church parking lots, from dark secrets and family oddballs to fire-and-brimstone preachers and interminable church services. Raised by their impoverished single mother, Philip and his brother, Marshall, struggle to comprehend her speeches about their dead father, an Old Testament Bible story, and sons sacrificed for a divine cause.

This coming-of-age story is a slice of life, both intensely personal and broadly resonant, set against a turbulent time in post-WWII American history shaped by the racism and paranoia of fundamentalist Christianity and reshaped by the mounting pressures of the civil rights movement and '60s-era forces of social change. An unforgettable listen, it is at once hugely funny, deeply disturbing and achingly poignant. A testament to the power of the human spirit, Where the Light Fell illuminates Yancey's ability to bring comfort to those bruised by the church, and hope to those who can't imagine ever finding a healthy faith.

©2021 Philip Yancey (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Sandra Hansen
  • 11-12-21

Incredibly honest and helpful

If you grew up in conservative Christian circles, or even just had one family member who was, you will have a hard time putting this book aside. Phil's own voice adds to the credibility of his story, and he reads almost as well as he writes.

A book that faces tough issues with astounding, abundant grace.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-21

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I have read many of Philip Yancey’s books and the references that he made to his own personal experiences. This book gave context, structure and insight into those references which in turn allowed the truths to sink even deeper. Themes like grace, admitting failure, reality and truth, invisibility will continue to resonate in my mind and heart, hopefully for a long time. And you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. Thank you Philip Yancey, in your vulnerability, you make room for the Truth.

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  • Judy I
  • 12-24-21

100% reccomended

i dont think i ever heard someone speak so clearly and vulnerably about their past and its so beautiful 💞💞💞

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  • YourHeinness
  • 11-11-21

I saw you in an interview with Sean Mcdowell on you tube.

What a life! I have cried,laughed,cried,felt sorrow,cried,was disturbed, felt elated ,cried some more, praised God,asked God to help me. I to was taught racism from a very young age. Was brought up in a very religious setting. You hit every note in my life so far. Wonderful book. Thanks for sharing your life with me. May Jesus continue to be the love of your life. May I fall this and maybe even more in love with Him.


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  • 05-30-22

Thoughtful and honest

I appreciated this book and the struggle that the Yancey family have gone through. I love how his faith walk is realistic and not sugar coated, and as such is so authentic. Great read.

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  • David
  • 01-11-22

Candid and beautifully narrated

I’ll put this great memoir up for book if the year in early January 2022.

No spoilers but it is candid, raw, thoughtful , emotionally intelligent memoir of a rabidly fundamentalist family particularly set in 1940’s - 60’s.

Philip reads his memoir with a lot of variation in tone and accent. It gives an extra dimension. 10/10 from me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-21

Honest and revealing memoir

This fascinating memoir touched my heart. A behind-the-scenes look at the life of such an influential Christian author.