All posts filed under: Book Shelf

S.D. Smith

The Green Ember and the subsequent series are the types of books that make me want to remain a child forever. Fun. Fanciful. Adventurous. I found this video at Smith’s website, What’s not to like?

C.S. Lewis

A brilliant storyteller and theologian, C.S. Lewis inspires me to write, especially fiction and about stories. For those who haven’t read any of Lewis’ work, if such a person still exists, I’d recommend beginning with The Chronicles of Narnia series. You’ll fall in love with the characters and experience a master Christian storyteller at work.

Gene Edward Veith, Jr.

Dr. Veith provides a simple and clear snapshot of Christianity in Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals. If you want a clue as to the theological tradition behind my writing, this is a great place to start. Start but don’t stop. Veith has written so many books. If you’re just now discovering him, you’ll have enough books to read that you’ll be able to complete your yearly GoodReads challenge.

Rev. Christopher Thoma

The Rev. Christopher Thoma is a prolific writer and I don’t hesitate one second to recommend you read any of his works that you can get your hands on. His current books are a follows: Feeding the Lambs: A Worship Primer for Teachers of Children The Homiletical Canvas: Poetry in Service to Preaching Where Dreams Ponder People The Angels’ Portion, Vol. I The Angels’ Portion, Vol. II The Angels’ Portion, Vol. III Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor Type One Confessional: God, a Pastor, and a Girl with Type 1 Diabetes The Angels’ Portion series is the greatest collection of short stories I’ve ever read. That they happen to also be whisky reviews is an added bonus. Rev. Thoma can be found online at

Ray Keating

It has been said that Ray Keating is a great novelist and it’s true. Anyone who is a fan of political intrigue (Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, etc.) will appreciate Keating’s voice. While the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels are centered on a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod pastor, the books aren’t what I’d call Christian fiction but rather fiction written by a Christian. Keating is an honest writer. You find real characters with real personalities expressing themselves in ways that are real to who they are. That’s part of what makes the books great. What else makes them great? Well, the stories. Each one is a blast that will keep you turning the pages until the end. Ray Keating is online at