Writers to Read: Book Review

There is only two things you need to know about Writers to Read from me. But don’t be too disappointed, you know my long-windedness will conquer once more. 

    1. I probably do not have to say that a book about books or Authors rather is a book I will love. Douglas Wilson chose 9 authors to endorse and many of those 9 are author’s that I already know and love. I really enjoy the way Douglas Wilson writes, I have read a lot of G.K. Chesterton and he writes in a similar truthful yet jovial manner. Reading him write about authors he loves helps me to see his influences while he elaborates.
    2. A window into an author’s life can give you insight into the works of that author just like a biography of Van Gogh might help you identify more with the painting Bedroom at Arles  when you understand the circumstances surrounding it.

91wmggIh8tLOf all the authors Chesterton and Lewis were already considered stars of the beloved Author’s list in my mind. I am reading through Chesterton’s Orthodoxy now and it truly is a life changing book (Read It!) and he quickly climbed to the top of my list with his witty and toothy truthfulness. C.S. Lewis will always hold a special place in my heart. As a child I escaped into the world of Narnia and as a teen I wrestled and gleaned from Mere Christianity and wondered of things unseen with Out of the Silent Planet and as an adult I fell in love with the heart-breaking beauty of Til We have Faces and pondered deeply the Great Divorce. C.S. Lewis is on my forever list for a reason. Eliot and Tolkien also sit very high up as well and all four of them have elicited much to think about and that caused me to love them and their work deeply. I thoroughly enjoyed Douglas Wilson’s thoughts on each writer and it has prompted me to read the works of the Authors I am less familiar with like Marilyn Robinson. I have shockingly never read her work although every lit-friend I have gives glowing recommendations.

Authors I might have included if I wrote this book would have been much in the classical stream such as Frances Hodgson Burnett, Paul Bunyan and more modern Authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Lois Lowry of and of course Austen, always Austen. I was surprised to not see Wendell Berry on Douglas Wilson’s list because I see many reformed and well-read individuals love and recommend highly Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow which is on my to-read list.

One last thing, as a fledling book cover designer (two books to date) , I love the incorporation of 9 pens on the cover and found myself trying to put a pen to a name. I do not know who does many of the Crossway cover titles but I have seen some beautiful covers as of late.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book and have added many recommend titles to my to-read list. You can purchase this book here: http://amzn.to/1W3U3wh


I received this complimentary book from Crossway in exchange for my review.


I’m Ellie Benson. I am a Wife, Mom, Artist and Sometimes Writer that lives in Augusta, Ga with her Illustrator Husband and her two loving girls. I am the farthest thing from perfect but I have a Redeemer, I am ever thankful for that fact.
I am the creator/contributor of Charlotte Mason Living (a Charlotte Mason Styled Homeschooling Community) amongst other things, write for my personal blog: ellieugenia.com and work on art in the little time I have left after homeschooling my oldest, reading and being a wife and mother. 
You can find me on Instagram: @ellieeugenia.


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