8 of The Best Christian Authors of All Time

Who are the best Christian authors of all time? Here in this list, we will explore the significant and inspirational authors that have impacted millions around the world. What better than to read the words of those authors that were influential Christians.

Christian Author Focus

These books have been written on different aspects of life, from spiritual growth to the realization of life on earth. They were read in catacombs, monasteries, churches and subways.

There is no doubt that Christian writers have shaped the culture and the world at large. Christianity itself promotes the need for education and introduces, as we would like to say, one of the greatest literary works in the world, the Bible.

Inspirational Christian Authors

Among these writers, there are martyrs, saints, scholars, missionaries, preachers, do-it-yourselfers and pastors. There are thousands, maybe millions. Some are well known.

This article attempts to list the best and most famous Christian authors of all time. These Christian writers have written books known to inspire and fascinate millions of people around the world.

1. Christian Author

CS Lewis Christian Author C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

C.S. Lewis is one of the most popular Christian writers. He has been celebrated in film, praised by critics, and read by millions of Christians and non-Christians alike. Most know him as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis is known for fiction and non-fiction alike.  He is especially known for The Chronicles of Narnia.

He was close friends with J.R.R. Tolkein and the two spent time together at Oxford University.  Although baptized at birth, Lewis fell away from his faith until the age of 32 when he returned to the Anglican Communion. Lewis authored many other books during his lifetime. He wasn’t just a novelist. He was an academic, a radio personality, a scholar, a poet, and even a soldier.

Lewis knew what it was like to struggle with doubt and to grapple with the perplexities of the Christian faith. Perhaps this is why his works resonate so deeply with modern readers. Christians would do well to read more of Lewis’s works and would benefit from the depth of his relationship with Christ.

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2. Christian Author

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)Oswald Chambers Christian Author

Oswald was a Scottish Baptist and  Christian evangelist who is recognized for founding the Holiness movement. His ministry of teaching and preaching focused on the character of God, and how God’s character should shape a Christian’s behaviour.

He is best known as an author for his devotional titled “My Utmost for His Highest.” It contains a short entry to be read for each day of the year. The book has never been out of print since it was first published posthumously in 1935.

It has been translated into nearly 40 languages and cherished by millions of Christians. 

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3. Christian Author 

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

Tozer began his lifelong pursuit of God after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio, at the age of seventeen. The self-taught theologian committed his life to the ministry of God’s Word as a pastor, teacher, and writer. For his flowing prose, Spirit-filled words, and deep conviction, many have called him a modern-day prophet. He is the author of the beloved classic The Pursuit of God and dozens of other works.

Tozer’s The Pursuit of God has shaped the lives of countless Christians. His ministry was marked by intense prayer, selflessness, and devotion. Tozer wrote more than 40 books, many of which are still widely read. Two of his books are considered Christian classics, The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy.

Some consider Tozer a “mystic,” referring to his emphasis on spiritual indwelling and a holy lifestyle. It is more helpful to think of Tozer as a man who was deeply committed to following God and living like Christ. 

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4. Christian Author

John Foxe (1516-1587)John Foxe Christian Writer

John Foxe was a professor at Oxford, then a minister in London before being forced to flee to Europe when Queen Mary came to power. He was an English author who lived during a period of massive upheaval in the Christian church. During his ministry, kings and queens were preoccupied with executing dissenting Christians and imposing their religious preferences upon their populations.

It was during this time that he began to respond to Christian persecution in a way that would undermine even the most aggressive authorities — by writing a book. While in Europe he wrote this classic and published it after returning to England when Queen Elizabeth took the throne. Today, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs is notable for upholding the legacy of bold Christians who chose to cling to Christ rather than capitulate to man’s demands. 

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5. Christian Author

Watchman Nee (1903 – 1972)Watchman Nee Christian Books

Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. He was a Christian teacher that worked in China in the first portion of the 20th century.  He published many Christian books and was a great teacher holding many conferences.

Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians throughout the world. 

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6. Christian Author

John Bunyan (1628-1688)John Bunyan Christian Author

The dank putrid discomfort of a 17th century English dungeon is not an ideal location to pen one of the world’s best sellers. John Bunyan, however, wasn’t trying to write a bestseller. He was writing from his heart in response to the needs that he saw around him.

Today, his allegory Pilgrim’s Progress is the second bestselling book of all time, trailing only the Bible in the number of copies sold. Bunyan wrote many other books, many of which are similar to the Pilgrim’s Progress in their allegorical power and literary beauty. Although he spent much of his ministry years in prison, God used Bunyan to liberate many from spiritual prison. You can feel Bunyan’s pathos and power on every page he wrote. 

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7. Christian Author

Kenneth Hagin (1917 – 2003)Kenneth Hagin Christian Author

One of the major pioneers of Faith and Kingdom Prosperity, and Pastor of Rhema Bible Church. Reverend Hagin has ministered for 50 years, beginning as an associate pastor and travelling evangelist.

He has organized and developed Rhema Bible Training Centers around the world and is the founding Pastor of Rhema Bible Church. Most of the exploits of faith-based living and prosperity among Christians were a result of his powerful teachings both in his messages and books. 

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8. Christian Author

Rick Warren (1954-present)Rick Warren Christian Writer and pastor

Richard Duane “Rick” Warren is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. He is also a bestselling author, known for his popular titles The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life. Rick Warren is often called “America’s most influential spiritual leader.”

He and his wife, Kay, founded Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. He also wrote the #1 all-time bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life.

Warren is active in matters of faith and politics: during the 2008 election, he hosted both presidential candidates at the Civil Forum on the Presidency, held at his home church. Warren is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. 

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