Recommended Authors

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The following are authors whose books I’ve read, and who in my opinion provide excellent entertainment. Their books reinforce Christian values (at a minimum) and usually produce strong Christian themes—messages of hope for teens and tweens that they too can navigate those turbulent years and overcome.


Of course there are many other authors that could be added to this list, and there will be as I continue to read books and write reviews. I’m focusing primarily on middle school students, especially boys, an often overlooked age group, so most of the books reviewed feature a 12 to 14 year-old protagonist(s). However, I am also reviewing for late middle grade (4th and 5th grade) and high school, so I’m including books that will appeal to those students as well, both boys and girls.


Encouraging 8 to 14 year-old students, and boys in particular, to read good Christian fiction will promote spiritual growth during these formative years. The more one reads, the better the reader, and better reading facilitates reading, studying, and comprehending God’s word. Moreover, enhanced reading skills are also crucial to academic performance. Hence, for both reasons, reading good Christian fiction can affect the trajectory of a life.



The following authors have links to his or her websites. In the few cases where the authors are deceased or no longer write, I’m placing a link to obtain the book(s) that I have in mind for this age group (however most such books can be found by searching this site).

Alphabetical by Last Name



Max Elliot Anderson

Evan Angler

Kathy Applebee


Christy Barritt

Wayne Thomas Batson

Mark Batterson

Lisa T. Bergren

Lee Bezotte

Chuck Black

Matthew David Brough

Sigmund Brouwer

Renae Brumbaugh

Heather Burch

Sandra Byrd


Laura Campbell

Linda McQuinn Carlblom

Melody Carlson

Emma Carrie

Angela Castillo

Jackie Castle

Judy Christie

Joel N. Clark

Katie Clark

Burton W. Cole

Brandilyn Collins

Carey Corp

Tracy Leininger Craven

L.N. Cronk


Bryan Davis

Tamie Dearen

Ted Dekker

Charles Dickens

Melanie Dickerson

Juliette Duncan


Sara Ella

Robert Elmer

Joanna Emerson


Chris Fabry

D.A. Featherling

Miralee Ferrell

Suzane Woods Fisher

Heather L.L. FitzGerald


Stephanie M.E. Gallentine

DiAne N. Gates

Jeff Gerke

Natalie Grant

John Grisham


Glenn Haggerty

Julie Hall

Mary Hamilton

Matthew Christian Harding

Sandra Merville Hart

Jody Hedlund

Marianne Hering

Homer Hickam

Nancy Ellen Hind

Kristen Hogrefe

Kristi Holl

Sheila Hollinghead

Sarah Holman

Shawn Hopkins

John J. Horn


Michelle Isenhoff


Dave & Neta Jackson

Laura Jackson

Jerry B. Jenkins

Lois Walfrid Johnson

Eddie Jones

Jenny B. Jones

Jason C. Joyner


Alex Kendrick

Christa Kinde

Mary Ann Kinsinger

Andrew Klavan

Matt Koceich


Tim LaHaye

Lorie Langdon

Jerel Law

Tosca Lee

Lois Gladys Leppard

Jason Lethcoe

C. S. Lewis

Robert Liparulo

Deborah Lynne


Dandi Daley Mackall

Susan K. Marlow

Lauricia Matuska

Paul McCusker

Dale McElhinney

Krista McGee

Lucy Montgomery

Bill Muir

Sherri Schoenborn Murray

Bill Myers


Nicole O’Dell

Jill Osborne


Donita K. Paul

Rajdeep Paulus

Frank E. Peretti

Trisha White Priebe


Dannelle Ranee

Gloria Repp

Arleta Richardson

Karen Rispin

Renee Riva

Lorilyn Roberts

John Luke Robertson

Keith A. Robinson

Shawn P.B. Robinson

J. Rodes

Jennifer Rodewald

Dana Rongione

Nancy Rue


Diana L. Sharples

Priscilla Shirer

Tim Shoemaker

Robert J. Skead

S.D. Smith

Angie Spady

Carrie Looper Stephens

Beth Steury

Heather Sutherlin


Ann Tatlock

Alana Terry

Travis Thrasher

Annie Tipton

Sarah Tipton

J. R. R. Tolkien

Cynthia T. Toney

B.C. Tweedt


J. Warner Wallace

Mary Weber

Jennifer H. Westall

Rusty Whitener

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Jill Williamson

Robert Dennis Wilson


Jane Yolen

David Young