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Some of you may remember when I posted the results for Abraham Piper’s Bible Version Poll.

Well Jon Acuff, over at Stuff Christian’s Like, posted this question yesterday: Who is the best living Christian Author?

He’s gotten more than 300 comments and just like AP’s post, I couldn’t help myself but start tallying.

So first Disclaimers, then Notables, then the results:

Disclaimers:

- These results include a bit more than the first 24 hours of comments, and I may have missed a few answers in reply comments.
- Some of the comments may have been . . . less than serious
- Also I (or the commenters) might have misspelled a name. I tried to put them in as I saw them.
- Obviously, you couldn’t have a more scientific poll method. You can take these results to the bank.
- My response is not here, largely because I don’t know what I would say.
- I didn’t tally the zombie writers.

Notable In The Results:
- 145 Names
- About 2/3rds had only one vote.
- 100th person nominated: Greg Boyd
- Most Interesting Votes: Pete Docter (from Pixar, right?), John Grisham, Stephen King and, of course, Yahweh.
- I am humbled as I look at these results, because I see that I am completely ignorant about several good authors.
- If you tallied up the un-votes (those with less than positive things to say) I’m guessing Pastor Piper would have been lower on the list.
- Jon A. managed to get a dozen votes, despite the fact that he pretty much declared himself off limits. Impressive.

Results:

Name Count
John Piper 26
Donald Miller 22
Francis Chan 18
N T Wright 15
Philip Yancey 15
Ted Dekker 15
Jonathan Acuff 12
Brennan Manning 10
Dallas Willard 10
Tim Keller 10
Ravi Zacharias 9
Beth Moore 8
Brian McLaren 8
John and Staci Eldredge 8
Eugene Peterson 7
Francine Rivers 7
Frederick Buechner 7
Mark Buchanan 7
D A Carson 6
Mark Driscoll 6
Randy Alcorn 6
Richard Foster 6
Rob Bell 6
Frank Peretti 5
Mark Batterson 5
Anne Lamott 4
J I Packer 4
John Ortberg 4
Max Lucado 4
Bill Johnson 3
Erwin McManus 3
Lee Strobel 3
R C Sproul 3
Vince Antonucci 3
C J Maheney 2
Chuck Colson 2
Gary Thomas 2
Greg Boyd 2
Jan Karon 2
John Grisham 2
John MacArthur 2
Joseph Prince 2
Joshua Harris 2
Karen Zacharias Spears 2
Lisa Samson 2
Luci Shaw 2
Marilynne Robinson 2
Matthew Paul Turner 2
Mike Erre 2
Pete Gall 2
Rick Warren 2
Robert Capon 2
Stanley Hauerwas 2
William P Young 2
Abraham Piper 1
Amy Orr-Ewing 1
Andree Seu 1
Angela Hunt 1
Anne Graham Lotz 1
Bill Hybels 1
Bob Sorge 1
Bodi Thoene 1
Bono 1
Bruce Shelley 1
Carlton Cuse 1
Christopher Moore 1
Clayton King 1
Cornelius Plantinga 1
Craig Groeschel 1
David Crowder 1
Dean Koontz 1
Debbis Alsdorf 1
Doug Pagitt 1
Doug Wilson 1
Ed. T Welch 1
Elisabeth Elliot 1
Elmer Towns 1
Eric Metaxas 1
Erin Healy 1
Francis Collins 1
Garrison Keillor 1
Gary Haugen 1
Heidi and Rolland Baker 1
J K Rowling 1
Jack Hayford 1
James Mulholland 1
Jeanne Guyon 1
Jeff Overstreet 1
Jentzen Franklin 1
Jim Wallis 1
Joan Chittister 1
Joel Rosenberg 1
John Bevere 1
John Crowder 1
John Frame 1
John Maxwell 1
John O’Keefe 1
John Stott 1
John Webster 1
Joni Earekson Tada 1
Josh McDowell 1
Josh Moody 1
Joyce Meyer 1
Karen Armstrong 1
Karen Kingsbury 1
Kathleen Norris 1
Keith Drury 1
Larry Crabb 1
Lisa Mckay 1
Louie Giglio 1
Marcus Borg 1
Margaret Feinberg 1
Mark Steele 1
Mary DeMuth 1
Matt Redman 1
Michael Phillips 1
Mick McArt 1
Mike Bickle 1
Neil Anderson 1
Paul Young 1
Pete Docter 1
Pete Greig 1
Pete Wilson 1
R.R. Reno 1
Redding 1
Richard Rohr 1
Rowan Williams 1
Scot McKnight 1
Sean McDowell 1
Shane Claiborne 1
Sinclair Ferguson 1
Skye Jethani 1
Stephen King 1
T D Jakes 1
Terri Blackstock 1
Thomas Hopko 1
Thomas Moore 1
Tony Campolo 1
Tony Jones 1
Walter Brueggemann 1
Walter Wangeren 1
Warren Wiersbe 1
Wayne Grudem 1
Wayne Jacobsen 1
Yahweh 1
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