Karen Kingsbury – I kind of jumped on the Karen Kingsbury wagon a little late. It wasn’t until we chose one of her books to read in our church book club that I actually picked up one of her books. I really, really liked it! After I read it I was reading through a blurb in the back of the book where she said that she takes events from real life and turns them into her stories. Perhaps that is one of the reasons I enjoy her so much as I do the same in my own writing. Then one of my editors that I do reviews for sent me a different one. Okay. I was hooked. I still have a long way to go to read all of her books, but I may get there some day.
Colleen Coble – One of the many things I enjoy about Colleen Coble is that she writes many different styles of books. She writes in different time periods and completely different settings making the books unique.
Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye - The Left Behind series is one of the best series of books I have read as an adult.
Frank Peretti – Frank Peretti first became popular when I was in high school. A friend suggested I read This Present Darkness. I did and loved it. I was seeing things for weeks afterward. It really made me understand the realness of spiritual warfare. My mother liked to read and I handed her the book when I was finished. I also happened to mention that the second book had come out, Piercing the Darkness. She was neither in a hurry to read the first one or to buy the second one. Finally, after reading the first book she went right out and bought the second. The only problem was that she wouldn’t let me have it until she read it first! There was something not quite fair about that!
J.R.R. Tolkien – Who wouldn’t love a writer that engages your kids in reading! The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series are some of my kids’ favorite books. Yes, they watched the movies, but they read the books as well. Not only did they read them, they enjoyed them. These are great books with a great spiritual message.
C.S. Lewis – Here is another author that can engage the entire family. During school I would read through the Narnia series with my kids. I may have been reading to my youngest, but the older ones would often come in and sit just to listen.
And last, but certainly not least, is my own mother. She was my inspiration for wanting to become a writer. She encouraged me all along the way. Even though she passed away, she still has an impact on my life. Her novel is about one of her passions, the Civil War. This is a great read for history buffs, those who enjoy fiction, and everbody else.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Give me some of yours and I may have to look them up.
During this National Reading Month make a trip to the bookstore. Buy at least one book. Or ifyou prefer shopping online, click on the images above for convenient ordering. One can never have too many books.