Writers to Read: Nine Names That Belong on Your Bookshelf

By Douglas Wilson

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Writers to Read: Nine Names That Belong on Your Bookshelf

By Douglas Wilson

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If books are among our friends, we ought to choose them wisely.

But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. In Writers to Read, Doug Wilson—someone who’s spent a lifetime writing, reading, and teaching others to do the same—introduces us to nine of his favorite authors from the last 150 years, exploring their interesting lives, key works, and enduring legacies. In doing so, Wilson opens our eyes to literary mentors who not only teach us what good writing looks like, but also help us become better readers in the process.

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Douglas Wilson

Douglas Wilson (MA, University of Idaho) is a pastor, a popular speaker, and the author of numerous books. He helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and is currently a senior fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He blogs regularly at DougWils.com.

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Arts & Literature
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 176
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 7.8 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4583-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4583-2
ISBN-UPC: 9781433545832
Case Quantity: 10
Published: August 31, 2015

Table of Contents

  1. G. K. Chesterton
  2. H. L. Mencken
  3. P. G. Wodehouse
  4. T. S. Eliot
  5. J. R. R. Tolkien
  6. C. S. Lewis
  7. R. F. Capon
  8. M. S. Robinson
  9. N. D. Wilson


“Douglas Wilson has a legendary track record of helping reintroduce his audience to the great Christian intellectual tradition. In Writers to Read, we find Wilson at his best: curating the authors who have inspired him and who he believes will galvanize the next generation with theological conviction and imagination. Highly recommended.”
Gregory Alan Thornbury, Vice President, New York Academy of Art; author, Recovering Classic Evangelicalism

“If you combined G. K. Chesterton, H. L. Menken, and P. G. Wodehouse and mixed them with evangelicalism, you’d produce a writer like Douglas Wilson. Not only is Wilson one of our finest writers; he’s a superb reader and an excellent guide to the writing of luminaries such as Chesterton, Menken, and Wodehouse. Whether introducing you to authors you’ve never read or reacquainting you with old favorites, Writers to Read will help you become a better reader.”
Joe Carter, Editor, The Gospel Coalition; contributor, NIV Lifehacks Bible

“Wilson opens the twentieth-century vault to reveal a collection of authors who lived during our memory, or our grandparents’, and are worthy companions on the shelf with Lewis and Tolkien. Refreshingly broad, Wilson connects you personally with nine authors and critiques them with the penetrating Christian perspective present in all of Wilson’s works. This is a must-read for those who, like me, appreciate a few contemporary stepping-stones between Lewis and the great books of antiquity.”
David Goodwin, President, Association of Classical Christian Schools

“Too many books celebrate great literature without answering the one question we all ask: Why? Why are some authors great? Readers want to know just as much as writers, and Douglas Wilson takes up this question as a humble student of nine skilled prose artists. He has studied their lives and analyzed their works and here offers several of his key discoveries. Writers to Read is a valuable education. Even more, it is an entertaining frolic through literature you do not want to miss.”
Tony Reinke, journalist; author, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

“Doug Wilson is regarded by both friends and foes as a master wordsmith. In Writers to Read, he introduces us to those who taught him (and still teach him) his craft. This book is like a side door into a little diner down a back alley where the nouns pop, the verbs sizzle, and the fry cooks are known only by their initials. If you want an inside look at the art of word weaving, this book is for you.”
Joe Rigney, Assistant Professor of Theology and Literature, Bethlehem College & Seminary; author, The Things of Earth and Strangely Bright