Only a few writers are praised by Jerry B. Jenkins in Jenkins' book on writing, Writing for the Soul. In order of appearance, they are:
Rick Bragg, author of All Over but the Shouting
Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain
William Nack, author of Secretariat
Interestingly, he doesn't mention by name any authors who write for evangelical publishers, though he does, in reference to inspirational romance, say he has "many beloved colleagues who are more than successful in this field."