Thinking Out Loud

October 23, 2011

Sunday Seriousness: Rich Text

Each year multiplied thousands of new Christian books are published, and even though the last few years have been rough on publishers, self-publishing and online publishing mean that there has been a net increase in the number of new titles annually.

‘Rich text’ is a computer term referring to fonts, colors, sizes, and decorations that involve more complex HTML code, but I’m using the term here to denote authors whose text is rich in meaning, Bible background and practical application.  You see, in those multiplied thousands of new titles, there is a lot of fluff that gets issued each year, resulting in little more than the elimination of hundreds of trees used to make the paper. 

You should be constantly hungry for, and seeking out, rich text.  Here are some suggestions of authors that should be on everyone’s book list.

Classic Authors:

  • Andrew Murray
  • A. W. Tozer
  • Oswald Chambers
  • Watchman Nee
  • C. S. Lewis (apologetics titles)

Contemporary Authors:

  • Philip Yancey
  • Randy Alcorn
  • Henri Nouwen
  • Gene Edwards
  • Warren Wiersbe

Recently Published Bestsellers:

  • Radical by David Platt
  • Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
  • The Well by Mark Hall
  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  • Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick

So, who would you add to the list?

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