On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers.
I corresponded with Richard Mouw—former president and professor of faith and public life at Fuller Theological Seminary—about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped him, his favorite fiction, and more.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
- For daily devotional reading, Tim (with Kathy) Keller’s The Songs of Jesus.
- Timothy Larsen, The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith.
- William Dyrness, Insider Jesus: Theological Reflections on New Christian Movements.
The most compelling philosophical book I’ve read recently is Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone du Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others.
What books have most influenced your understanding of Christ and culture and why?
Bernard Ramm’s Christian View of Science and the Scripture shaped my thoughts in my teenage years on faith and science.
Cornelius Van Til’s Common Grace and the Gospel set me off on a lifelong exploration of a key topic for me. I still like a lot of what he wrote on the subject, and he got me reading others—Herman Hoeksema and Klaas Schilder—who have challenged me to stay accountable to solid Calvinism.
I recently wrote the foreword to a wonderful new translation of Schilder’s Christ and Culture.
And on race relations, Albert Raboteau’s Slave Religion opened up a new world for me.
Also in the On My Shelf series: Sam Allberry, Ray Ortlund, Brett McCracken, Mez McConnell, Erik Raymond, Sandra McCracken, Tim Challies, Anthony Moore, Sammy Rhodes, Karen Ellis, Alastair Roberts, Scott Sauls, Karen Swallow Prior, Jackie Hill Perry, Bruce Ashford, Jonathan Leeman, Megan Hill, Marvin Olasky, David Wells, John Frame, Rod Dreher, James K. A. Smith, Randy Alcorn, Tom Schreiner, Trillia Newbell, Jen Wilkin, Joe Carter, Timothy George, Tim Keller, Bryan Chapell, Lauren Chandler, Mike Cosper, Russell Moore, Jared Wilson, Kathy Keller, J. D. Greear, Kevin DeYoung, Kathleen Nielson, Thabiti Anyabwile, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Collin Hansen, Fred Sanders, Rosaria Butterfield, Nancy Guthrie, and Matt Chandler.