Have you ever loved a book so much that you wanted to read every book that author had ever written? Being a voracious reader, I feel this way sometimes. Here are a few authors I can think of that I hope to read the "total of all printed knowledge" from their books and writings (I've included links to their Amazon book listings):
I have to say that I have already done this for Leonard Ravenhill, one of my favorite authors. I've happily read all of his books and even compilation books about him after his death.
Some other in Church history, like Eusebius, the first known Church historian with surviving works were pretty easy to tackle since books back then were around 60 pages total.
I have also almost done this for Mark Batterson. I'm in the middle of his most recent book now. But let's be honest, Mark will probably write many more books throughout his life, so I'll have some work to do!
Loren Cunningham - Good news is that I picked up the copies of his books that I hadn't owned yet when he was in town earlier this month at Bethany International. Already digging in, and thrilled to have a few signed copies from Loren himself. No one teaches discipleship quite like YWAM, and I am constantly in awe of their Biblical wisdom.
Philip Jenkins - Jenkins serves as Professor of Religion at Pennsylvania State University and the books I have read of his so far are absolutely wonderful treatises on Church history.
E.M. Bounds - No one writes about prayer quite like this past Methodist preacher. One of the most impacting books I've every read was Bounds Power Through Prayer. Look forward to reading the compilation of his works on prayer.
John & Elizabeth Sherrill - Okay, these two are some of my all time writing heroes, being the "ghost writers" for some of the greatest Christian classics of the past century: David Wilkerson's Cross and the Switchblade, Corrie Ten Boom's My Hiding Place, Brother Andrews God's Smuggler and more. They have also written plenty of their own books. I am working on facilitating them coming to the Twin Cities for a writing summit (for those who feel called to write a book) later this year. Keep you posted on this!
John Wesley - Not sure how possible this would've been for me, but now that I have Logos Bible Software, I'm thinking I can afford to get the compilation of his writings for much cheaper to enjoy someday soon!
Thomas Aquinas - Okay, maybe I won't ever get through his Summa Theologica, but I do hope to read the Summa of the Summa (or the smaller, more concise version he himself produced of his total works).
Of course, this list is ever morphing as I read more and more. How about you - which authors would you like to read the "total of all their printed knowledge?"