This article is part of a series of articles where we interview thinkers, pastors, and leaders on influential books.
On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I talked with Matt Chandler, president of Acts 29 and lead pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, favorite biographies, and more.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
What are some books you regularly re-read and why?
The first two books put the immensity of God in front of me. They are like a warm blanket to my soul. Lewis’s Chronicles have always had a deep effect on my emotions. They profoundly stir my affections for God.
What books have most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others for the sake of the gospel?
What biographies or autobiographies have most influenced you and why?
Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas as well as The Last Lion series on Winston Churchill are my favorite biographies. In each of the them there are extreme peaks and valleys wrapped into fights that were worth having and wouldn’t be cheap to win. I need to be reminded of that truth often.