Recommended authors . . . oh, this post could go long.

Honestly, a year ago, I rarely thought about purposely recommending authors. I’ve always read all kinds of things and finding good books wasn’t hard for me. I have other friends who read and we talk about books, and over the years I’ve been writing, I’ve collected some author friends.

But then my favorite local used book store closed. And Family Christian Stores. And Life Christian Stores went online only. Well, no, I didn’t really think too much about it then. It was one particular friend . . .

Browsing Bookstores

I’ve loved reading all my life. ~John Wayne, American actor

I walked into a local used book store and headed directly for the Christian fiction section. Rounding the aisle endcap, my friend stood there, one book in her arm as her eyes roved the shelves.

“Hey!” I said, walking closer to her.

“Oh, good!” she replied without any preamble. “What authors did you tell me to look for?”

And so I spent the next five minutes pointing out different authors I thought she’d enjoy reading. That’s when it hit me. The employees at both Family Christian and Life Stores were really good at knowing their stock and recommending good reads.

Who would help readers now?

A plethora of options

It’s not like you don’t have choices for information. LOTS of places offer book reviews and author interviews. The trick is to find one within the genre of fiction you like by a writer or interviewer you want to read.

Book club websites can help. Places like GoodReads and BookBub allow readers to form groups, offer thoughts on books, and share recommendations. Social Media helps fill the gaps too. One of my favorite groups on Facebook, all about Christian fiction, is highly active.

But sometimes all of that is too much. Sometimes, life is too busy or overwhelming or chaotic, and we just want a list of authors to look for. So, without further ado, here is my list.

Recommended Authors

Before I start listing out names, you should know a few things.

One, they are listed in alphabetical order by either fiction or nonfiction. I decided not to identify them past that because many write in multiple genres and styles.

Two, these are authors I have personally read and enjoyed. I thought about listing some authors that my friends love but I don’t—which only reflects on personal preferences and not skill. I also considered listing some names that those readers I know and trust enjoy but I’ve not yet read. But one of the things I strive to do on this blog is not recommend any book that I have not personally read. So I limited myself accordingly.

Third, I limited each list to twenty names. I could have gone on. For a while. But, I didn’t want to overwhelm you. I also limited myself to what I’ve read over the last year, so none of these are authors I read many years ago and all of them are easy to find.

Now, without further information, here are my recommended authors.

Christian Fiction

  • Tamara Alexander
  • Joanne Bischof
  • Andrea Boeshaar
  • Elizabeth Camden
  • Mary Connealy
  • Melanie Dickerson
  • Miralee Ferrell
  • Laura Frantz
  • Deeanne Gist
  • Jody Hedlund
  • Melissa Jagears
  • Regina Jennings
  • Julie Klassen
  • Julie Lessman
  • Jill Eileen Smith
  • Sarah Sundin
  • Jen Turano
  • Susan May Warren
  • Roseanna M. White
  • Karen Witemeyer


Christian Nonfiction

  • John Bevere
  • Francis Chan
  • Matt Chandler
  • Saundra Dalton-Smith
  • Mike Donehey
  • Shaunti Feldhahn
  • Steven Furtick
  • Chip Gaines
  • Louie Giglio
  • Billy Graham
  • Lisa Harper
  • David Jeremiah
  • John F. MacArthur, Jr.
  • Alex McFarland
  • Dwight Moody
  • Beth Moore
  • Les Parrott, III
  • Corrie Ten Boom
  • Lysa TerKeurst
  • Sheila Walsh



We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. ~B. F. Skinner, American psychologist

As I wrote out this list, some other qualifiers came to mind. Limiting myself to only twenty authors each, meant I had to limit myself in other ways. For example, I only listed Christian authors writing for the Christian market. Many other names that fall outside of that attribute come to mind that you might enjoy reading.

If you want to know more about the books I read and the authors I enjoy, I suggest you follow me on GoodReads or BookBub. You can also check out some of the nonfiction reviews I’ve posted (click here) and look at last year’s posts on the best books I read in 2019 (click here and here).

Of course, I’m always up for a stroll through a bookstore with you. Once the pandemic restrictions are lifted, that is.


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