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
  • The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Love Warrior, Glennon Doyle
  • 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
  • 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
  • Love’s Exectutioner, Irv Yalom
  • Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Cry My Beloved Country, Alan Paton
  • Kaffir Boy (Mark Mathabane?)
  • Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible (watch out for the Green Mamba Snake)
  • The Wide Open Spaces of God, Beth Booram
  • Ken Gire – any of his books are great, but my fav is Windows of the Soul
  • Donald Miller – Blue Like Jazz and others
  •  The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
  • Girl Meets God, Lauren Winner
  • Sex God, Rob Bell
  • 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, Nathan McCall
  • Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortensen
  • Jon Krakuer – Into Thin Air, Into the Wild
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  • 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!
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • Mel Levine, M.D. – A Mind at A Time, and They Myth of Laziness
  • The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
  • The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
  • The Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
  • Homer – the Odyssey
  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  • The Distant Land of My Father, Bo Caldwell
  • Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  • Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher
  • The Rapture of Caanan, Sherri Reynolds
  • A Doll’s House, Henrick Ibsen
  • The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
  • The Color of Water, James McBride
  • The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
  • The Book of Hands, my son Eli
  • Elie Wiesel – All Rivers Run to the Sea and Night
  • Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  • Little Bee, Chris Cleave
  • On Writing, Stephen King
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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