Favorite Books/Authors

As a writer, it is important to immerse myself in good books. Here are a few I count among my favorites:
  • Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, Operating Instructions, Plan B, pretty much all of her writing
  • Brian McClaren – A New Kind of Christian
  • Shane Claiborne – Irresistible Revolution
  • Brennan Manning – Anything by him, but especially Ruthless Trust and the Rabbi’s Heartbeat, which you have to read slllooooowly
  • Henri Nouwen – The Genessee Diary, Road to Daybreak, anything
  • Fredrich Buechner – Godric, A Room Called Remember and about anything else
  • C.S. Lewis – Til We Have Faces, Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, random sermon
  • Ann Kroeker – The Contempletive Mom (this is great for anyone, not just moms) Watch for her new book coming in the next few months
  • Steve Arterburn (with others) – his Every Man/Every Woman/ Every Heart Restored books are great. He’s also written a new fiction book that I loved: Healing Stones
  • Francine Rivers – the only one I’ve read of hers is Redeeming Love (see post by the same name). I LOVED this book.
  • John and Staci Eldridge – Captivating, and my all time favorite Wild at Heart – since I am surrounded by boys. Also The Journey of Desire, which Eldridge wrote w/the late Brent Curtis
  • Irv Yalom – Love’s Exectutioner
  • Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Alan Paton – Cry My Beloved Country
  • Kaffir Boy (Mark Mathabane?)
  • Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible (watch out for the Green Mamba Snake)
  • Beth Booram – The Wide Open Spaces of God
  • Ken Gire – any of his books are great, but my fav is Windows of the Soul
  • Donald Miller – Blue Like Jazz and others
  • Corrie Ten Boom – The Hiding Place
  • Lauren Winner – Girl Meets God
  • Rob Bell – Sex God
  • Melody Beatty – The Language of Letting Go and Codependent No More
  • Thomas Merton
  • Addiction and Grace by Gerald May, and A commentary of The Dark Night of the Soul
  • Phillip Yancey – all of his are awesome but I really liked What’s So Amazing About Grace and Soul Survivor
  • John Perkins
  • John Howard Griffin – Black Like Me
  • Makes Me Wanna Holler
  • Three Cups of Tea
  • Jon Krakuer – Into Thin Ai
  • Jane Eyre
  • William P. Young – The Shack — this book has totally changed my ideas of God. I love this book. I love the ideas of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It’s fiction, but I want to believe every word!
  • Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
  • Greg Paul – God in the Alley
  • Mel Levine, M.D. – A Mind at A Time, and They Myth of Laziness
  • Julia Cameron – the Artist’s Way
  • Annie Dillard – the Writing Life
  • Richard Foster – the Celebration of Discipline
  • Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
  • Little Women
  • Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
  • Homer – the Odyssey
  • Jack London – The Call of the Wild
  • The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  • The Distant Land of My Father
  • Flowers for Algernon
  • Reviving Ophelia – Mary Pipher
  • Sherri Reynolds – The Rapture of Caanan
  • Ibsen – The Doll’s House
  • Brother Lawrence – the Practice of the Presence of God
  • James McBride – the Color of Water
  • Burnett – The Secret Garden
  • Shel Silverstein – The Giving Tree
  • my son Eli, The Book of Hands
  • Elie Wiesel – All Rivers Run to the Sea and Night
  • Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love
  • The Alchemist
  • Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxas
  • Little Bee
1 Comment

One thought on “Favorite Books/Authors

  1. Whoa. I’m in powerful company there. Thanks so much for the nod–means a lot coming from a reader/writer/thinker like you!

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