Monday, August 3, 2009

Which authors would make your list?

Which authors (living and dead) have most influenced your thought?

This was a question recently posed to me by a younger friend who is considering entering pastoral ministry. Honestly, I hate this question because it forces me to make a short list out of what should be a very long one. But I also love this question because it allows me the opportunity to spend time in my library just staring at the shelves and remembering which books have impacted me.

I'm going to spend the next few days (as time allows, which isn't much) thinking this through. Perhaps my readers will want to jump in on this one. Let's limit the number of authors to 5. Feel free to comment and live your list (roughly in order of priority).

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  1. Spurgeon
    Thomas Watson
    John Piper
    John MacArthur
    JC Ryle

  2. These will no doubt show what a lightweight I am.....

    1) R.C. Sproul
    2) Gordon Clark
    3) James White
    4) Lorraine Boettner
    5) Vincent Cheung

    Can I list three books by people who AREN'T on my list? Thanks.

    1) Easy Chairs, Hard Words by Douglas Wilson
    2) The Five Points of Calvinism by Edwin Palmer
    3) Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill

  3. J.I. Packer, Knowing God was a formative book for me.

    R.C. Sproul, trite and obvious as that sounds.

    David Black more recently on Christian discipleship

    Voddie Baucham on parenting

    David Wells for his keen eye of the ills of modern evangelicalism

    A couple of obvious names don't make my list like MacArthur and Piper, who I enjoy hearing more than reading. There are several bloggers who are influential (i.e. Alan Knox) but don't really qualify as authors per se. Also this list is quite a bit different than it would have been a year or two ago for me...

  4. Martin Luther

    Bo Giertz

    Gerhard Forde

    Dennis Prager

    Thomas Sowell

  5. Vivien Hibbert
    Larry Crabb
    Frank Viola
    Rick Joyner
    Timothy Keller

  6. Oops, I picked only living authors which is a lot harder.

  7. Max Lucado
    John Piper
    Kay Arther
    Stormie Omartian
    Gail MacDonald