What’s on Russell Moore’s Nightstand?

Russell D. Moore
Russell D. Moore

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers.

I talked with Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, his favorite fiction, and more.

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What’s on your nightstand right now?

On my nightstand right now are the following books: Walter Kirn, Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade; Arthur W. Hunt III, Surviving Technopolis: Essays on Finding Balance in Our New Man-Made Environments; Andrew Smith, Grasshopper Jungle; Carlene Bauer, Frances and Bernard; John Updike, Buchanan Dying: A Play; Paul Taylor, The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown; and William G. McLoughlin, ed., Isaac Backus on Church, State, and Calvinism, Pamphlets, 1754-1789.

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

I find that I regularly re-read almost the entire C. S. Lewis corpus, and I’m often surprised by how much of his thought I’ve absorbed while forgetting he was the one who taught me. I regularly re-read Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, and his essays, especially those in Signposts in a Strange Land. I also return often to Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching and Augustine’s Confessions and The City of God. I re-read J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism rather often, and always find it prophetic and timely.

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SOURCE: The Gospel Coalition
Matt Smethurst

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