Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Top Ten Authors I am Thankful for

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1. C. S. Lewis - I could go on and on about all the ways Lewis has influenced me for the better. I have written briefly about how reading the works of C. S. Lewis "baptized my imagination", to steal Lewis's own phrase.

2. N. T. Wright - What Saint Paul Really Said was the first book I read by Wright, way back in 2004 in Dr. Stepp's Biblical Theology class. Several years later I read Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, which was paradigm shifting. I wrote a bit about that here. I'm currently in the middle of reading his latest book, The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion.
3. Peter Enns - I just re-read The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins for my paper on how to read/interpret Genesis 1-2. I would like to re-read Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament and The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. I also enjoyed The Sin of Certainty, which was just published last spring.

4. Madeleine L'Engle - Reading her words is like a breath of fresh air. I love the Wrinkle in Time series as well as Walking on Water. And I just bought copies of her Genesis trilogy to read.
5. Greg Boyd - Benefit of the Doubt was great, as was Is God to Blame? and Letters from a Skeptic. I still want to get through some of his longer texts (God at War: The Bible and Spiritual Conflict and Satan and the Problem of Evil: Constructing a Trinitarian Warfare Theodicy) I'm also really looking forward to his new book: The Crucifixion of the Warrior God
6. Rachel Held Evans - I feel like Rachel is a kindred spirit. I love all three of her books (Evolving in Monkey Town, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Searching for Sunday) and look forward to reading future books she writes.

7. Sarah Bessey - I loved Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts! (I can't wait to read what's next from her!)

8. Charlie W. Starr - My English professor/mentor from college, he has been a major encouragement to me in my own studies of English and C. S. Lewis. I love King Lesserlight's Crown: A Children's Story for Grownups, Too and of course Light: C. S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story. I also have found his book on wrestling with God to be quite helpful at different times in my life: Honest to God: Wrestling Your Way to Intimacy with the Creator. I'm excited about the books he has in the works also.

9. Brennan Manning - I love everything I have read by Brennan. His writing exudes the grace and love of God. A few of my favorites are: The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out, Abba's Child, and All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir.

10. J. R. R. Tolkien - Without Tolkien's influence on Lewis, Lewis may not have become a Christian! So there's that, not to mention the masterpiece that is The Lord of the Rings!

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