Some people have the wrong idea about what Christian writing is. These best-selling writers prove that Christian writing can be hip, fun, and even more important, relevant. These are the top Christian writers of 2016!
Randy Alcorn is one of the most famous contemporary Christian writers out there today. Alcorn is a New York Times bestseller, who specializes in both fiction and non-fiction. Alcorn’s most recent book is the exceptional work God’s Promise of Happiness, which details how God loves you, no matter what you may find yourself doing.
Besides writing, Alcorn is the creator of Eternal Perspective Ministries, which is known as a Christ-centered belief group that teaches two things: God’s word and to help people who are in need of God’s assistance. The group also works as a non-profit organization and charity to help with issues such as world hunger. Randy Alcorn has also taught at the college level and uses his book profits to help out people who are less fortunate.
Valorie Burton is one of the most prominent female figures in the Christian writing world. Burton originally made her name by being the founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, whose main purpose is to teach women and men how to live their life without negativity.
Burton’s book, Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable: Step Into the Amazing Life God Imagined For You, conveys the message to ignore toxic people while letting God in. Her message, through both her institute and novels, proves that the Christian way of finding happiness is to get rid of worry, while trusting that God has a plan for you in the end.
Mary Beth Chapman
Mary Beth Chapman’s career is quite impressive and lengthy. Her biggest claim to fame is her 2011 memoir, Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope. The memoir is about her struggle with understanding God’s purpose after the death of her loved daughter. The book reveals that even though she couldn’t see a light at the tunnel, God made her struggle with depression a little easier.
Chapman also has experience writing Christian children’s books and just released the novel You Were Always In My Heart: A Shaoey and Dot Adoption Story. Chapman is married to Christian superstar Steven Curtis Chapman, who is famous for his music, and also for his social activism. The couple is very vocal about childhood hunger around the world, and they both try to raise awareness against childhood violence.
Vicki Courtney is one of the most famous Christian writers, and is known for discussing her “Christian awakening.” Courtney called herself agnostic until she traveled with a Christian retreat group, where she had a religious awakening. Her life changed incredibly during this retreat where she was able to forgive her past mistakes and understand that God only wants her to be happy.
Courtney’s most recent book is the saucy Can You Relate? How to Handle Parents, Friends, Boys, and More. The book focuses on living a life with God, even when the rest of the world is trying to bring you down. The great part about this novel is that even though it is a Christian book, it’s an easy read and is relatable even for people who aren’t even Christian or religious. Courtney’s main goal is to write about relationships with family, children, and friends, while using God’s message.
Jerry Eicher is an acclaimed author in the sub genre of Amish fiction. His works reflect on the life of Amish people, who live in small, rural communities, who focus on God’s will. His books try to show the REAL lives of Amish people, not what people believe Amish life is like.
His most recent novel, Holding A Tender Heart, is a book about a young girl who is making the decision of which man she wants to be with. The book reflects on what it’s like to live in an Amish village as a female with wants and needs. Eicher’s novels are also very popular because of how real and life-like his characters are. His books draw inspiration from his own life and his childhood spent going to school in Amish communities.
Shannon Ethridge is one of the most modern Christian writers on our list. Her writings detail something that most Christian writers stay very clear of, “bedroom love.” Her most recent is the classic, The Passion Principles: Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage, which discusses how married religious people can still have a bit of “fun” even following the Lord.
Her main goal as a writer is to help people understand that lovemaking is a part of life, and can be enjoyed while still allowing God into your life. Ethridge first began her working life as a mortician, where she has stated she had to embalm many victims of HIV and AIDS. Seeing these people die of sometimes sexually transmitted diseases inspired her to speak out on safe lovemaking and the Lord.
Chris Fabry basically has a monopoly on all different genres of Christian literature. Fabry is known for writing non-fiction, fiction, and even youth fiction Christian novels. Fabry’s novels almost always follow one character who is on a journey for self-realization and God’s love.
His most recent novel, War Room, discusses a girl named Elizabeth who is struggling in a troubled marriage. Elizabeth visits an elderly woman who shows her the power of a prayer room and prayer itself. Elizabeth realizes that the only thing that can save her marriage is for her to trust and pray to the Lord. Fabry believes that his strong characters and protagonists are relatable for readers and that they prove that God can help anyone along the journey.
Steven Furtick is currently the lead pastor of the world-famous Elevation Church, which now has 14 locations all over the continental United States. The church’s main quest is to help people in poverty, but there has also been some controversy. Furtick’s income and the wealth of the church has been found to be used for other uses, other than fighting poverty.
Furtick has gotten in trouble for using his church’s funds for his own personal expenses, like building a house valued at $1.8 million dollars. Furtick’s most recent venture has been writing the book (Un)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People To Do Big Things, which is about the negative things we make about our relationship with God. Sounds like Furtick might want to read his own book, after stealing money from his church.
Adam Hamilton is a famous award-winning author, who is also the senior pastor at the largest United Methodist congregation in the United States. He was also honored with giving a prayer during the inaugural service for Barack Obama. Hamilton’s most recent book, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, is about understanding the power of the Lord and his teachings, even in today’s modern society.
The book reflects on how even though people today feel detached from the word of the Lord, the scripture can help with the most modern of problems, like sexual relations and dating. Hamilton’s career has resulted in over 24 books and DVD adaptations of his work.
Michelle McKinney Hammond
Michelle McKinney Hammond is actually a Christian relationship coach, which might surprise many of her readers. Her job as a relationship coach entails teaching couples how to have intimate moments, while still remembering that their love is a product of God.
Hammond is also a professional singer as well as the founder of the Heartwing ministries, which focus on love and family. Hammond’s most recent book is called How To Avoid the 10 Mistakes Single Women Make. This novel details how Hammond believes a female can be proactive, modern, and Christian in today’s dating society. Imagine a Christian woman on Tindr!
Ruth Logan Herne
Ruth Logan Herne is most famous for her two series, Men of Allegany County and Kirkwood Lane. Herne is known for her love and over-the-top romantic novels, which center around two people trying to understand love and Christianity.
Her stories are meant for women and for girls trying to figure out if they can follow their heart, by being closer to God. Herne’s latest book is titled More Than A Promise, and is about a widowed father who has three young sons. The father ends up falling for his neighbor who went through a huge and very public break up. The novel is about letting God help you choose love and happiness, which is something we all want.
Steven James is a funny guy and has a wide variety of novels. Steven James is most known for his thrillers, but he has also dabbled in both Christian and inspirational books. James’ most famous series is called The Bowers Files, which follows an Environmental Criminologist named Patrick Bowers.
James’ most recent famous inspiration novel is called How To Smell Like God: True Stories Burning With The Scent of Heaven. This Christian novel is an anthology of essays which detail real-life stories about teens discovering the power of Christ and his love. James focuses on how even when life seems hard, God will always put you first.
Karen Kingsbury is widely considered one of the best Christian writers in the United States. With more than 25 different inspirational titles to her name, Kingsbury is the queen of modern Christian writing. Her most inspirational series is a 9/11 Series, which details the lives of those affected by the tragedy in an uplifting and yet, humbling way.
Kingsbury’s latest book is entitled Brush of Wings: A Novel. The novel is about a dying woman who moves to Uganda to try to find some answers and to understand why God’s decisions are always the best decisions. Kingsbury’s books and novels are known to be over-the-top, but are worldwide crowd pleasers.
Tosca Lee is an award-winning writer, who has made quite a name for herself in the Christian literature circle. Lee’s work is specifically known for belonging to the historical and supernatural genres, but she has branched out to Christian work.
Ironically, Lee’s first novel was actually entitled, Demon: A Memoir, which launched her career. Lee has also written the novel Books of Mortals, which is a post-apocalyptic tale about religion and survival among humans. Her best writing trait is her attention to detail, and her knowledge of historical Christian events and concepts.
Max Lucado is an icon when it comes to anything Christian. Lucado has his own DVD line, set of children’s books, gift ware, and even his own set of greeting cards. Lucado has made a huge impact on the world of modern Christianity, and has also become one of its top authors.
Lucado’s novels always focus on self help, and on overcoming problems with God’s help. Lucado’s novel Outlive Your Life: You Were Made To Make A Difference, discusses the fear of death, and also gives hope to those with fear. Lucado focuses his works on characters who are having issues which many people can relate to. Fans of Lucado read his novels to feel less alone, with the help of literature and God.
Beth Moore was the founder of Living Proof Ministries in the early 90s, which is a sect to focus on helping women find the power of God in a male based world. Moore’s work reflect the idea of trying to help modern women feel comfortable talking and believing in God, without harming their day to day lives.
Moore’s novel So Long, Insecurity: You’ve Been A Bad Friend to Us, is a book detailing how to trust loved ones and God while pursuing your dreams. Moore’s mission is questioned at times, though. Some critics say her words are hypocritical due to her Evangelical beliefs.
Robert Morris is the author of 11 Christian novels, and is quite a big personality. Morris is currently the senior pastor at the Gateway Church in a hub of mega churches: Dallas, Texas. Morris’ writing is about finding happiness in the everyday, and focusing on God’s little miracles.
Morris has recently landed himself in hot water for his opinions on abortion, feminism, and social welfare. He has been quite vocal about being anti-choice when it comes to the question of abortion. But people love his novel, Why Keep Praying? When You Don’t See Results, which talks about how to love God even though his intentions might not be clear.
Joyce Meyer is one busy woman with how much she writes. This lady has over 100 books credited to her name, and all of them have a message of Christianity and God. Meyer’s novels focus on trust, with yourself and with the Lord.
She is famous for writing books that teach people how to cope with problems such as disease and relationship issues, while focusing their energy on God. Meyer’s book Overload: How to Unplug, Unwind, and Unleash Yourself From the Pressure of Stress, is dedicated to the working class American who struggles to find time with the Lord. She states that God knows you’re busy, but you should always make time with him.
Joel Osteen is the absolute king of the Bible Belt and the broader Christian world. Osteen is an American televangelist who is famous for his morning talk show with his wife. Osteen is the senior pastor of the Lakewood Church, which is the largest Protestant megachurch in the United States.
Osteen’s methods are critiqued for being too intense, and too over-the-top. Osteen’s most recent book is called Fresh Start: The New Your Begins Today, which shows people how to simply start over. His biggest claim to fame was being named one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006.”
Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church in the state of Georgia. Stanley is a proud preacher who focuses on finding God, instead of succumbing to the devil of modern society. Stanley is no newbie when it comes to writing books, and has more than 20 books to his name.
His most recent work is entitled The New Rules For Love, Sex, and Dating, which proves that dating can belong in the realm of Christianity. Fans absolutely love his works and his upbeat Christian attitude, and Outreach Magazine named him one of the ten most influential pastors in the United States.