Walking on Water - Madeleine L’Engle. This is one of my absolute favourites.
Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott
Write His Answer - A Bible Study for Christian Writers - Marlene Bagnull
Indelible Ink - 22 International Christian writers discuss the books that shaped their faith – compiled by Scott Larsen
Shouts and Whispers - twenty one writers speak about their writing and their faith –edited by Jennifer L Holberg
A Writer’s Book of Days – Judy Reeves
Walking on Alligators - A Book of Meditations for Writers - Susan Shaughnessy
The Invisible Child - Katherine Paterson
The First Five Pages - Noah Lukeman
The Plot Thickens - Noah Lukeman
Wild Minds - Natalie Goldberg
Escaping into the Open - Elizabeth Berg
How to read a Novelist - John Freeman
I’ve just finished reviewing this and among the interviews with a host of well known writers, it has some interesting practical information. You can find my review here http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale/
Take Joy - Jane Yolen
Rilke Selected Poems – English translations by CF Macintyre. I picked this up second hand for a couple of dollars at a Lifeline book sale. What a bargain!
Far from Home - Poems of Faith, Grief and Gladness - Andrew Lansdown
Birds in Mind –Australian Nature Poems – Andrew Lansdown
Flame Tree - Kevin Hart
Other Non Fiction Books I Treasure
John Doe Disciple – sermons of Peter Marshall
Mr Jones Meet the Master – sermons and prayers of Peter Marshall
My first experience of Peter Marshall was watching the film A Man Called Peter with Richard Todd and then reading Catherine Marshall’s story of her husband. So well did Richard Todd play the part of Peter in the movie that when I read the sermons, it is his voice I always hear in my head. I have most of the Catherine Marshall books.
Another author have myriad books of is Madeleine L’Engle. I may not always agree with everything she says, but she makes me think more deeply, a bit like our own Anne Hamilton. I’ve just finished reading one of her books for the third time.
God’s Poetry – The Identity and destiny encoded in your name – Anne Hamilton
The Friendly Persuasion Jessamyn West
I bought this book after I saw the movie, Friendly Persuasion. It remains my favourite movie and one of my favourite books. I would have liked Except For Me and Thee written by the same author and concerning the same family but I haven’t got it yet. I'm working on it.
Nine Days by Toni Jordan. From a writerly point of view, this is a great example of voice. The story is told in nine chapters each in first person from a different family member over a span of years. Be warned though some chapters contain a little strong language, which seems sadly to be so much a part of today’s books. If you can ignore that, it is worth reading as a writer to learn about voice.
Caleb’s Crossing - Geraldine Brooks. Again this is another which impressed me with its story and voice, though sadly I don’t have this one on my shelves... yet. It’s coming.
I’ve never been one to confine myself to reading only Christian fiction. I read widely so the bookshelves also include a raft of other authors including Nicholas Sparks, Fannie Flagg, Jodi Picoult, Gail Godwin and many others as well as some Aussie Christian fiction authors including Paula Vince and Mary Hawkins.
And there is one book I turn to often, but it does not live on the bookshelf but on the desk, the table near the armchair or wherever I happen to be at the time and that is the Bible. Where else can you find a book with true stories, poetry, stories, action, prophecy, proverbs and wisdom, symbolism, and picture language, songs, dreams and their interpretations, etc not to mention the fact that it is the way God speaks most clearly to His people. Through the bible we are introduced to the ultimate hero – Jesus.Streets on a Map, was published by Ark House Press. Prior to that Dale has had seven children’s books and Kaleidoscope a collection of poetry published. Many of the poems in Kaleidoscope have been previously published in Australia’s literary magazines. She has won prizes for her poetry and has been published in several anthologies.
More information about Dale can be found at www.daleharcombe.com or on her Write and Read with Dale blog http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale/