Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Christian Authors

It's top five time again! Today I'm posting my top five living Christian fiction authors. I limited myself to living authors because I know there would be no way for me to pick a top five Christian authors of all time. Feel free to comment, agree, or disagree.

Top Five Living Christian Fiction Authors

1. Leif Enger
2. Frederick Buechner
3. Walt Wangerin
4. Wendell Berry
5. Jan Karon

Comments

Colby Reynolds said…
Mr. Davis,
if the list was not limited to living authors, would you have chosen C.S. Lewis as one of your authors?
Erica said…
The only one I've read is Jan Karon. Guess I'll have to start reading the rest!
Rick said…
Erica,

You've got some reading to do.

Leif Enger: "Peace Like a River" and "So Brave Young and Handsome". They sound hokey, but trust me, they're my favorite fiction books by a Christian that have come out in the last 10 years or so.

Frederick Buechner: "Brendan"

Walt Wangerin: "The Book of the Dun Cow" A beautifully written and horrifyingly depressing children's fantasy book. (He's a Lutheran. Cut him some slack.) Also for the grown ups: "Saint Julian"

Wendell Berry: ... well actually, you could just ask Granddad to tell stories about when he was a kid. Remember how his dad used to shoot at him with a shotgun? Yeah, that's like a Wendell Berry story. Also there's a character named Burley that reminds me of Uncle Bob. And his poetry is even better than his fiction.
Rick said…
Colby,

That's a tough question. Even if I limited myself to the 20th century there are still so many: G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Dorothy Sayers, T.S. Eliot, J.R.R. Tolkien, Sigrid Undset, Evelyn Waugh, Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Graham Greene and more. I don't know how I would choose just 5!