For aspiring writers and avid readers, it is always imperative that we get back to reading the classics every once in a while to get inspiration, instruction and insight.
Here are some of our favorite classic Christian writers. We hope you get to read most, if not all, of them!
They say that every Christian should read Pilgrim’s Progress at least once in their life. And we heartily agree with this. John Bunyan was an English preacher and writers who lived in the 17th century and who wrote this Christian classic allegory. The story centers on Christian and his journey from his hometown, City of Destruction to the Celestial City. Pilgrim’s Progress is considered one of the most significant works of religions English literature.
A preacher, theologian and missionary to Native Americans in the 18th century, he is “widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian”. He has written some of the greatest treatises on such topics as true Christianity, beauty, the good life. We highly recommend you read his thoughts on Heaven and Hell, in The Essential Edwards Collection. This will cause you to rethink your ideas on the afterlife.
Ask any pastor or theologian who their favorite classic author is and more often than not, his name will come up. He is most known for a more historic approach in the faith and presuppositional approach to Christian apologetics. Some of his most famous works are He is There and He is Not Silent and A Christian Manifesto. We recommend you read True Spirituality, where he answers such tough questions like “Did Christianity really make a difference in my life?”
Author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications, he is considered to be one of the per-eminent authors and resource persons for the Bible in the 21st century. Some of his most well-known titles are Essential Truths About the Christian Faith, Now That’s A Good Question, The Holiness of God and Defending Your Faith. We recommend the booklet Justified By Faith Alone, that explores the relationship between faith and works.
His name is probably the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when talking about Christian authors. The Narnia Chronicles is one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. But is for his non-fiction writing that Christians all over the world hail him as probably one of the greatest lay theologians and Christian apologetics of all time. Must-reads are Miracles, The Screwtape Letters, A Grief Observed, The Problem of Pain, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity and a whole lot more. We recommend another of his lesser known fictional works, The Great Divorce, an allegory about good and evil and heaven and hell.
While a young man coming home from work one day, he overheard a street preacher say “If you don’t know how to be saved… just call on God.” He went home, did just that and the rest, as they say, is history. His books and sermons, particularly on prayer and worship are still being used by churches everywhere. Four of his titles are republished by OMF Literature: Attributes of God Vol 1, Attributes of God Vol 2, The Pursuit of God and The Radical Cross.
He was one of the leading Christian writers and evangelists of our times. He has left a wealth of words and ideas to draw us close to God and His life is a living testimony of God’s faithfulness. Time Magazine even named him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2005. Calling Christian Leaders and Your Mind Matters are just two of his most enduring books that speak about Christian leadership and intelligent discourse.
Who are your personal favorite classic writers?