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I’ve always enjoyed getting lost in a good book. I read books in a number of different genres, such as theology, Christian living, biography, faith and work, personal and professional development, leadership and sports, and have favorite authors in each genre. I define a “favorite author” as someone who when they release a new book it’s almost a given that I’ll want to read that book.

Here are my favorite authors in each of these genres, and some of my favorite books by those authors. I enjoy so many that putting this list together was much harder than I anticipated.

Theology/Christian Living

  • Sinclair Ferguson – The Whole Christ, Devoted to God
  • R.C. Sproul – The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, Reformation Study Bible (Editor)
  • Tim Keller – The Prodigal God, Prayer
  • Michael Card – Biblical Imagination series on the Gospels (4 books)
  • Jerry Bridges – The Joy of Fearing God, The Pursuit of Holiness
  • John Piper – Don’t Waste Your Life, Future Grace
  • John MacArthur – The Prodigal Son, The MacArthur Study Bible
  • Scott Sauls – From Weakness to Strength, Jesus Outside the Lines
  • Bryan Chapell –  Unlimited Grace, Christ-Centered Preaching
  • Kevin DeYoung – Taking God at His Word, Crazy Busy
  • Francis Chan – Crazy Love, Multiply
  • Michael Reeves – Rejoicing in Christ, Delighting in the Trinity
  • Scotty Smith – Objects of His Affection, Everyday Prayers
  • Steven Lawson – A Long Line of Godly Men Profile series
  • Albert Mohler – We Cannot Be Silent, The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down

Older authors that I enjoy are:

  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Spiritual Depression
  • Charles Spurgeon – Morning and Evening


  • Iain Murray – Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones (two volumes), Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography
  • Eric Metaxas – Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Amazing Grace

Faith and Work

  • Tim Keller – Every Good Endeavor
  • Gene Veith – God at Work
  • Hugh Whelchel – How Then Should We Work
  • Amy Sherman – Kingdom Calling
  • Os Guinness – The Call
  • Greg Gilbert and Sebastian Traeger – The Gospel at Work
  • Tom Nelson – Work Matters
  • Matt Perman – What’s Best Next

Professional Development

  • John Maxwell –  The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Intentional Living
  • Jim Collins – Good to Great, Great by Choice
  • Marcus Buckingham – Go Put Your Strengths to Work, StandOut 2.0
  • Patrick Lencioni – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Advantage


  • John Maxwell – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The 5 Levels of Leadership
  • Ken Blanchard – Lead Like Jesus; Servant Leadership in Action (Editor)
  • Albert Mohler – The Conviction to Lead


  • John Feinstein – A Good Walk Spoiled (and his other golf books)


  • Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers, The Tipping Point

These are my favorite authors, who are some of yours? 

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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