Library Representing Nan Rinella's Recommended Resources

Books on Writing

The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community

by Diana Pavlac Gyler

The writing life can be an emotional roller coaster ride . . . For writers in particular one of the most valuable resources in the midst of all these challengers is the presence of resonators.”

Bird by Bird

by Anne Lamott

Being a writer guarantees that you will spend too much time alone—and that as a result, your mind will begin to warp . . .Theoretically I could do it alone, but it sure makes it easier to have people helping.”

How I Write

by Janet Evanovich

1st, we are not quitters. 2nd, and? This happens to me everyday (wanting to give up). Concentrate. Have patience. Make it work. And move on!”

On Writing

by Stephen King

Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction, can be a difficult lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt . . . Let your hope of success (and fear of failure) carry you on, difficult as that may be.”

Creative Writing: For People Who Can’t Not Write

Kathryn Lindskoog

Creative writing is much like gardening. It takes hard work, but hard work alone can never produce the flowers and fruit. There is a mysterious kind of germination that takes place. A writer named G.C. Lichtenberg summed it up this way in 1799. ‘There is something in our minds like sunshine and the weather, which is not under our control. When I write, the best things come to me from I know not where.’ All we have to do is prepare, cooperate, and then enjoy the fruits and lowers when they come.”

Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories

by C.S. Lewis

On stories,” “On three Ways of Writing for Children,” “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s To Be Said,” “Criticism,” and more

A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction

by Angela Hunt, Jerry B. Jenkins, Randy Alcorn, Francine Rivers, Terri Blackstock, Karen Kingsbury, Robin Jones Gunn . . . and more

The Career Novelist: A Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success

by Donald Maass

Writing the Breakout Novel: Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level

by Donald Maass

The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose, & Techniques To Make Your Novel Great

by Donald Maass

The Heart of a Ready Scribe: 52 Reflections For Writers

by Melanie Stiles

The Synonym Finder

by J.I. Rodale

So exceeds an online thesaurus and is an excellent way to find out how to spell a word if you’re a poor speller like me and can’t find it any other way

I’ll Bring the Chocolate: Satisfying a Woman’s Craving for Friendship and Faith
Getting Prepared to Teach, Speak, and Write: Practical Ideas to Prepare You for Ministry

by Karen Porter


Other Books

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Soul Print
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

by Mark Batterson

Book of Dreams

by Davis Bunn

A novel about prayer.

Blue Hole Back Home

by Joy Jordan Lake

A novel with some of the best examples of writing description.



The Writer

Advice and inspiration for today’s writer

Writer’s Digest 

Lots of contests and conferences

Christian Communicator

A Publication of Christian Writers’ Institute

Advanced Christian Writer

A Publication of Christian Writers’ Institute

Poets & Writers


Creative Nonfiction

True Stories Well Told


Additional Resources

Beth Moore’s study Living Beyond Yourself

There is life after rejection. Rejection colors everything we see. No way to live today. Take off the dark tent of rejection . . . How would you know the value of precious if you hadn’t been rejected.”

On the Web

Shaw Guides

Christian Manuscript Submissions


Nan’s Favorite Authors & Their Books


  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Great Divorce
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • Space Trilogy

Books On LEWIS

The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy: The Lion, the Witch, and the Worldview

Edited by Gregory Bassham and Jerry L.Walls

Nan Rinella, Glaspey & Edwards

Not A Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis

by Terry W. Glaspey

Not a Tame Lion

by Bruce L. Edwards

Unveil Narnia through the eyes of Lucy, Peter, and other characters created by C.S. Lewis

The Most Reluctant Convert: C.S. Lewis’s Journey to Faith

by David D. Downing

Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C.S. Lewis

by David D. Downing


  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Hobbit
  • The Silmarillion


The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All

Edited by Gregory Bassham and Eric Bronson

Tolkien A Celebration: Collected Writings on a Literary Legacy

Edited by Joseph Pearce

The History of the Lord of the Rings

by Christopher Tolkien

The Road to Middle Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology

by Tom Shippey


  • Safely Home
  • Heaven
  • Deadline
  • Dominion
  • Deception


  • Uncharted
  • The Note
  • The Canopy
  • Many others

Other Authors

Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time & other novels in The Time Quintet

Ted Dekker

Black, Red, & White

Janet Evanovich

The Stephanie Plum Novels

Jasper Fforde

The Thursday Next Series & others