On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tim Keller

Editors’ note: 

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

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:

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