I don’t know that I’ve ever done one of these before, but since my new friend Grace over at My Spare Oom tagged me with this meme, and it was about books of all things, I couldn’t resist. Look out though, I’ll be tagging six of you quite soon!
Who’s your all-time favorite author and why?
As if I really could chose a single all time favorite! ‘Tis an utter impossibility my friends. But I will say that George MacDonald is the sort of author who, for me, never loses his charm. He thinks about God in a way that few people do; C.S. Lewis said he was a writer nearer the Spirit of Christ than any other author he had encountered. His deep, deep confidence in the fatherhood of God pervades every sentence of his writing. He was a prolific writer of poetry, devotional, fantasy, fairy tale, children’s books, fiction, and essays. But it is his classic works of fantasy for children and adults that most captivate me. They are spiritual reality enfleshed; ideas clothes in images. My favorite is Lilith (for adults), and At the Back of the North Wind (children’s literature). Be warned though, these are the sort of books that demand a lot of imagination and numerous readings to mine their symbolism and rich imagery.
Who was your first favorite author and why? Do you still consider him/her among your favorites?
Though not my first ever favorite author, Madeleine L’Engle was the first author I idolized as a young writer newly aware of my inbuilt desire to write. She is mostly known for her fiction, but it was her nonfiction that captivated me because of it’s spiritual vivacity and deep respect for beauty. I started with her Genesis Trilogy, which I sorta credit with saving me from my own doubts about God’s goodness in a particularly difficult few months in my teenage years. Her beloved book on faith and creativity, Walking on Water, was also a landmark book for me in the way it gave expression to the thoughts just beginning to waken in my soul about being a creator along with God. Definitely still among my favorites.
Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
Wendell Berry. He is the rare sort of author that challenges me to vigorous thought, sometimes painful conviction, and yet uses his words to make me feel that I have come home. He startles and challenges in order to coax his readers back into a rediscovery of peace, beauty and fulfillment. He has a startlingly clear grasp of the issues facing modern culture, especially as they relate to family, community, and moral responsibility. He has changed a lot of how I view things. Life is a Miracle was the first book I read by him. Woke me straight up and kept me that way. I just finished a piece of his fiction titled A World Lost (a novella written through the eyes of a young boy as he experiences the consequences of his uncle’s death) and am currently deep in the midst of his famous collection of essays Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community. He is, as a friend recently said, the sort of author who demands immediate attention to the point of flinging aside other books.
If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth?
C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, George MacDonald, Elizabeth Goudge, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Leif Enger, George Eliot, Auden.
(Rules. Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the questions, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.)