To get to the bottom of who’s who in the year to come, we reached out to the most popular Christian publishers and asked them who their top picks are for authors to watch in 2014.
Honestly, we couldn’t be more excited about the talent coming out this year. From names you’ve probably never heard before (but will soon), to already-burgeoning stars, this list represents our top 15 picks (in no particular order) of authors to watch in 2014. Enjoy!
Top 15 Christian authors to watch
1. Eugene Cho
Cho keeps a busy schedule: he’s the executive director of One Day’s Wages—a movement dedicated to alleviating global poverty—the founding pastor of Seattle’s Quest Church, a popular blogger, and the founder of Q Café—a nonprofit community café and music venue in Seattle. Add to this the three-book contract he just signed with David C. Cook, and Cho’s got an incredibly exciting year ahead of him. His first book, tentatively titled Overrated: My Personal Confession of Being More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World…than Changing the World is set to release in fall 2014.
2. Kyle Idleman
After the release of his hugely successful book, Not a Fan—which sold more than half a million books and has been used in more than 10,000 churches—Idleman has two more books coming out this year: Aha: The God Moment That Changes Everything (March 2014) and Praying for Your Prodigal (August 2014). With endorsements from big-name authors like Max Lucado, Christine Caine, and Craig Groeschel, Idleman’s devoted following and writing career are poised for a huge boost this year.
3. Kevin DeYoung
DeYoung is a quickly rising star amongst new Christian authors. He’s the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, he blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has already authored three powerful books: Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, and the recently-released Crazy Busy, which is taking off quickly. His next book, expected to release in April 2014, is called Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. It will offer a practical discussion on the Bible’s nature and key characteristics.
4. Shelene Bryan
Regarded as the female Bob Goff, Bryan is an energetic speaker and passionate advocate for helping needy children across the globe. But don’t just take our word for it—check out her TedX Talk, in which she details her spontaneous trip to a small village in East Africa. Her first book, Love, Skip, Jump: Start Living the Adventure of Yes, will be released in May 2014, with a forward by Francis Chan.
5. Dr. Andrew Davis
Although not a household name quite yet, Dr. Davis was recently given the honor of speaking alongside some big-name Christian authors at the CrossCon conference, including John Piper, David Platt, David Sitton, and others. His first book, An Infinite Journey, has already received a glowing review from D. A. Carson and is expected to receive even more praise once it’s released January 10.
6. Fawn Weaver
As the founder of HappyWivesClub.com—which has twice been named the Best Marriage Site by About.com—Weaver has created an online community of over half a million women across 110 countries who want to both break through society’s negative portrayal of marriage and share their desire for wedded bliss. Weaver recently traveled across six continents and 18 cities in search of the secrets of a happy, healthy marriage. Her first book, Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search for the Secrets of Great Marriage (which releases today!), is a delightful collection of love stories and marriage secrets that span across cultures, and is sure to speak to Weaver’s already devoted fan base, along with millions of other women seeking the “sunny side” of marriage. Watch out for our interview with her next week on Vyrso Voice!
7. David Sitton
After publishing Reckless Abandon and founding ToEveryTribe.com—an organization that sends missionary teams to plant churches across the globe—Sitton has even bigger plans for global outreach in 2014. He has two new books slated to come out this year: a biography on his late mentor, Joe Cannon, a global missionary, followed by Ekballo—a book about being called to missions work and sharing God’s good news with the world.
8. Jon Weece
As the lead pastor of Southland Church in Lexington, KY, Weece oversees a congregation of over 12,000 members. He is known as both a phenomenal writer and creative leader, helping to organize events like the “Jesus Prom”—a special “prom” night for the physically and mentally disabled. Although the very down-to-earth Weece has managed to keep a low profile over the last few years, he’s made a lot of connections with fellow Christian authors and pastors, and is expected to make a big impact once his first book, Jesus Prom, is released in November 2014.
9. Caleb Breakey
In Breakey’s first and highly successful book, Called to Stay, he took a refreshingly honest look at why millennials are leaving the church—and why they need to stay. In his followup book, Breakey is expected to take on this same candid approach to the world of dating. In Dating Like Airplanes: Why Just Fall in Love When You Can Fly, he maps out a new way to approach dating that’s both romantic and Christ-focused. Breakey’s journalistic background gives him a step up on his writing skills, and his frequent conference-speaking appearances have made him a passionate leader—look out for big things from Breakey in the years to come.
10. Jim Burgen
As the lead pastor of the second-fastest-growing church in America, Burgen sees more than 15,000 people file in an out of his weekend services. In his first book, No More Dragons: Get Free from Broken Dreams, Lost Hope, Bad Religion, and Other Monsters, he asks modern churchgoers to cast aside the trivialities of “churchiness” and replace them with the substantive questions that ignite spiritual transformation. His book releases April 2014.
11. David Lomas
Lomas is the lead pastor of one of the most unchurched cities in America: San Francisco. After coming to Christ following a life of drinking and drug dealing, Lomas is focusing his first book on finding identity in Christ. The Truest Thing about You: Identity, Desire, and Why It All Matters is slated to release this spring by David C. Cook.
12. Gloria Furman
Furman is a wife, mother of four children, and active blogger for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Domestic Kingdom. In 2008, she moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church, where her husband serves as head pastor. In 2013, she released her first book, Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, and her second book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full will release March 2014. Speaking from her own experience as a missionary in the Middle East, she brings fresh humor and a vibrant spirit that speaks to busy and tired wives and mothers everywhere.
13. Stormie Omartian
On top of having a bookshelf full of already-released books, which have sold more than 28 million copies, Omartian is expected to be Harvest House’s biggest author this year. All of her Power of Praying books are getting a facelift with new chapters and fresh insights. Look out for deluxe editions of books like The Power of a Praying Wife, The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage, and The Power of a Praying Church.
14. Peter Hubbard
Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church was one of Vyrso’s bestselling books of 2013 and was also just listed in Tim Challies’ Top Books of 2013. Even though this was Hubbard’s first major book release, he wasn’t afraid to tackle one of the church’s most controversial topics—homosexuality— with both passion and care. At the cusp of 2014, this book is still gaining traction and is getting the author fired up for a followup title.
15. Jamie George
On top of being a life coach and lead pastor, George has been speaking to youth and adults across the nation and around the world for over 20 years. In his first book, Love Well: Living Life Unrehearsed and Unstuck, set to release by David C. Cook this summer, George reveals deeply personal stories about overcoming shame and hopelessness, and discovering love and freedom in Christ.
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