Thirty-nine Friends

libraryBefore next week’s post of Jim Weaver’s novel suggestions for a well-rounded faith, note this week’s list of his library’s most intimate authors.

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Louise Erdrich – mysteriously dances with native eyes
Ian McEwan – brazenly devises tangled moral dilemmas
John Updike – intricately dissects relationships
Charles Dickens – fancifully intrigues with a motley cast of English characters
Graham Greene – gently accuses, but never convicts
Philip Roth – Jewishly lays bare penetratingly American sexual idiosyncrasies
Morris West –compellingly inspires with sacred and secular images
John Irving – expansively stretches our moral perspective
Sue Miller – incisively shapes intimate and delicate bonds
E. L. Doctorow – ruthlessly hammers home the human predicament
Wallace Stegner – keenly exposes the corners of the struggling heart
Jim Harrison – explicitly anguishes with life on the edge
Isabelle Allende – wondrously weaves magical moments of the mystical
Ethan Canin – subtly unfurls new vistas of inner skirmishes
Michael Chabon – playfully creates a jagged world
Anne Lamott – whimsically warms the warring soul
Annie Dillard – densely challenges the inquisitive mind
Tom Robbins – uninhibitedly philosophizes with bizarre characters in quirky venues
Ernest Hemingway – sparsely touches the unquenchable spirit
J.K. Rowling – ingeniously imagines a mesmerizing universe
Stephen King – graphically amuses with spine-wrenching terror
Leon Uris – sprawlingly elucidates painful history
John Steinbeck – relentlessly paints our courage and cowardice
Brian Moore – unabashedly jars the tranquil and the placid
Barbara Kingsolver – gracefully transforms the unexpected and the unsuspecting
Amy Tan – elegantly unfolds the unfamiliar
Jane Hamilton –agonizingly reveals the impact of self-serving pursuits
Frederick Buechner – astutely unravels theological mysteries
Natalie Goldberg – placidly discloses the joys of an inner journey
Anne Tyler – richly portrays the quandaries of ordinariness
Anita Shreve – intimately unveils the thrill and sorrow of secret and unfettered desire
Michael Dorris – grippingly uncovers the often dark twists and turns of family anguish
Daphne DuMaurier – intricately illustrates the winsomeness and the repulsion of extraordinary characters
Jhumpa Lahiri – brilliantly illuminates the clash of cultures and the gap of generations
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – vividly arouses the senses with earthy passion
William Shakespeare – profoundly etches timeless aphorisms on the map of human voyage
Philip Yancey – graciously permits the doubting heart to breathe free
John Grisham – shrewdly concocts suspenseful judicial perplexities
Chaim Potok – captivatingly wanders through enigmatic Yiddish culture
Oliver Sacks – dramatically strips off the opaqueness of unusual physical anomalies
Tim Hansel – mischievously touches nerves of budding growth

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