On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I talked with Tim Keller about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, biographies that have shaped him, and more.

What's on your nightstand right now?

I’m reading Augustine’s Confessions very slowly in two different translations and using a commentary on the Latin by J. J. O’Donnell. I’m reading a bit every night using all of those.

Other books I’m working through the next few months: 

What are some books you regularly re-read and why?

C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien books—because they baptize my imagination. Even their essays and non-fiction do that.

What biographies or autobiographies have most influenced you and why?

These are just some Christian biographies that have been important to my thinking:

Editors’ note: Register to see Keller speak on various topics at our 2015 National Conference, April 13 to 15, in Orlando.

Also in the On My Shelf series: Bryan ChapellLauren ChandlerRussell MooreJared WilsonKathy KellerTullian TchividjianJ. D. GreearKevin DeYoungKathleen NielsonThabiti AnyabwileCollin HansenFred SandersRosaria ButterfieldNancy Guthrie, and Matt Chandler.