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For our last Favorite Five day, I thought we’d share our favorite “classic” writers. It begs the question, what makes one classic? I’m not sure I have an answer to that but I’ve taught a year-long class on Classic Christian Literature and another three month class on the devotional classics and I just added those whose work has stood the test of time. I’d put several twentieth century writers in this group as well and I think we could argue for some of our contemporaries but only time will tell.
Here are my five favorites. You can tell that I prefer spirituality for my nonfiction writing.
C. S. Lewis— I know he’s almost contemporary but it’s obvious that his work is in the classic category
G. K. Chesterton— No one comes at things the way he does. I’ve always considered him a good-natured spiritual uncle of sorts.
John Bunyan— I came to know him when I wrote a book, Tinker’s Daughter, about his ten-year-old daughter Mary. Pilgrim’s Progress has still been outsold by only one book– The Bible.
St. Julian of Norwich— this anonymous medieval nun’s writings about our longing for God would be enough to meditate on for years.
Charles Spurgeon— his writings always speak to me.
Your classic writers may not be in the category of spirituality– my favorite. There are wonderful memoir writers, self-help gurus, even cookbook writers (who could forget Julia Child?) who may be among your favorites. So, tell us, who would you choose for your Favorite Five?