#16 Lynn Austin
Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992—and has since published more than two dozen novels, including multiple Christy Award winners. She was inducted into the Christy Award Hall of Fame in 2013. Her latest historical novel is the World War 2-set If I Were You (Tyndale House).

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#17 Frank Peretti
One of Christian publishing’s best-known authors, Frank Peretti’s novels have sold more than 10 million copies. His blockbuster supernatural thriller This Present Darkness was named by PBS as one of “America’s 100 Favorite Novels.” His most recent project was the supernatural suspense series Harbingers (Bethany House) with co-authors Angela Hunt, Bill Myers, and Alton Gansky.

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#18 Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times. The author of more than 40 books, Lisa and her family have spent over 16 years living as missionaries in southern Africa. One of her most recent titles is the romantic suspense thriller The Traitor’s Pawn (Revell).

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#19 Joel C. Rosenberg
Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, with some 5 million copies in print. As an expert on global politics, he’s been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV shows, and met with religious and government leaders around the world. The Jerusalem Assassin (Tyndale House) is his latest political thriller starring former U.S. Secret Service Agent Marcus Ryker.

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#20 Lisa Wingate
Selected among Booklist’s Top 10 for two years running, Lisa Wingate writes novels that Publisher’s Weekly calls “Masterful” and ForeWord Magazine refers to as “filled with lyrical prose, hope, and healing.” Her novels have garnered or been short-listed for many awards. Her latest novel is The Book of Lost Friends (Ballantine Books).

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About The Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of several romantic suspense series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children.