By Matt Smethurst
On My Shelf is a new feature designed to help you get to know various people through providing a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers.
I corresponded with Collin Hansen, editorial director of The Gospel Coalition, about what’s currently on his nightstand, what he’s learning about following Jesus, his favorite novels and biographies, and more.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
I recently finished a couple books I enjoyed for different reasons: Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C. Guelzo and The World Is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson. I reviewed the first one for Books & Culture and the second for TGC. Guelzo reminded me yet again why war is so horrible even as he inspired me with stories of remarkable courage and sacrifice. Wigg-Stevenson has committed his life to abolishing nuclear weapons and touched me with a biblically grounded, sophisticated, realistic, and yet hopeful take on how we truly make a difference in this world. I’m taking my time reading Sidney Greidanus on Preaching Daniel: Foundations for Expository Sermons. Since I don’t preach regularly, I use such commentaries for deeper study so in my regular devotional reading I gain understanding and retention. I also picked off my shelf a book someone gave me for Christmas several years ago: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer. I know nothing about mountain climbing, so I’m riveted by the glimpse into an unfamiliar landscape.