5. Ann B. Ross – If you find yourself a little down in the dumps, you need to read the Miss Julia books. I have never laughed so hard in my life! Laughter is a medicine, and I’ve often healed myself reading Ann’s words!
4. Jan Karon – I call the Mitford series “Vacation in a book”. Often times I find myself encumbered by life with too much to do, with the demands of a wife and mother, and maybe filling too empty to give the way that I should. When this happens, I know that it’s time to grab a Mitford book. Her character development is pristine. I know that somewhere there must be a Father Tim and an Uncle Billy. They are too real not to be real. My daughter recently asked me what literary character I’d most like to be, I answered, “Cynthia!” She is so charming, and has such a positive, fun outlook on life. She is who I long to be.
3. Ann Voskamp – Isn’t she pretty? It had been a long time since I read words that stirred my soul the way Ann’s do. Her poetic prose is rich with image and feeling, and she conveys her beautiful heart so effectively. I love the way she thinks, and even more I love the words she comes up with to portray her thoughts; her thoughts the color on canvas, her words the brush. She had me from the first line, hanging onto every word. While reading her book, A Thousand Gifts I found that I would have to put the book down, just to savor the gift she had just unwrapped before me. Sometimes, I’d even meditate a day or two before returning because there was so much to learn from her. Not only is her book brilliant, (and a New York Times bestseller), but her blog draws me into her world as an intimate friend. I feel loved.
2. C.S. Lewis – My first taste of Lewis, was The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I was in elementary school at the time, and very willing to be on the look out for a wardrobe of my own. The Chronicles of Narnia were a huge part of my spiritual formation. The next book I read was Screwtape Letters, and then Mere Christianity. I admire Lewis’ logic and clear philosophy.
1. Madeleine L’Engle – One of the greatest regrets of my life is having missed the opportunity of hearing Madeleine speak at Wheaton college. I guess I thought she and I had all the time in the world..but we don’t. A Wrinkle In Time is the first book of hers that I read. I so much identified with Meg. I was the geeky, uncomfortable in her own skin Meg with glasses and no self-esteem. Her triumphs were my triumphs. I read all of her young adult books with so much vigor! She opened a whole new world of deep thought to me, and dared me to think outside the box. And then as an adult, I found out about her wonderful non-fiction books. How I love to read her thoughts! I agree with some, disagree with others, but love the originality of her thought. I can not wait to spend time with her in heaven!
18 thoughts on “Five Favorite Authors – Friday Favorites”
thanks for these! i haven’t heard of jan ross. i’ll have to check her out. and though i know of jan karon’s books, i haven’t read them. maybe it’s time to do so.
have a great weekend, kim!
Dear Steph, you would love Jan’s books! I hope you’ll read them soon.
Thanks for the reviews. I am always on the look-out for good authors whom I’ve not read. I know CS Lewis but I don’t know the others. I’ll give them a try!
Marie, let me know what you think when you’ve read some of them.
Thanks for the author reviews, K.D. I have not read Ann B. Ross so I will have to give her a try…Happy weekend to you 🙂
Dolly, I think you’ll get a real kick out of Ann’s books. I hope you do read her sometime soon! Let me know if you do!
Great list. I love finding new authors to read and Ann Ross is a new one for me. Will check her out.
Jean, she is so fun! You’ll love her! Let me know what you think when you do!
I’m an Ann junkie and a C.S. Lewis novice. However, the other 3 authors you mentioned were new to me. Excited to check them out.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! Let me know when you read them!
I’ve read CS Lewis but not the others, although I have heard of them. I’m going to be on a lookout for their books. Thanks for the shout out.
You’re welcome Patsy! Lewis is wonderful, isn’t he? I think you would enjoy some of the others…Let me know if you read them!
Oh I am so glad you put ANN VOSKAMP on there.. I am reading her book and I totally understand that soul stir you are talking about. ALSO…I am reading it SLLLOWWW it is too good to fly through…you cant …you feel compelled to start over…( shhh that happened already to me) :0)
I’m glad that you’re enjoying Ann as well! (I had to start over once as well.) 🙂
Oh these are fabulous! Your description of Ann Voskamp’s book is spot on. I read mine too fast, tears rolling down my face as the poetry pierced and the timeless truths penetrated my soul. I have plans to read her words again, as I know I missed some of them in my mad dash through the book I couldn’t put down. Thanks for sharing this!
Thanks for visiting here, Tia. I’m glad we can be kindred book spirits!
So many of my favorites too! Ann, Jan, C.S.Lewis, have all changed me in some way. One year I had resolved to read all of C.S. Lewis’s books. Until I realized how many there were…
I found a grandfatherly friend in Father Tim. And Ann’s book, I need to read it at least once a year.
Glad to hear that we are literary buddies!