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 Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, about what’s currently on his nightstand, books he re-reads, his favorite fiction, and more.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
I usually keep my nightstand uncluttered, but downstairs I have a desk in the family room where my “fun” at-home books are stacked. Right now there are a dozen books on the desk. I just returned from a few days of travel so I was able to finish three of these books: O Come, Let Us Worship by Robert Rayburn, The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Cessation of Special Revelation by Garnet Milne, and a fascinating collection of essays in the book Engaging with Martyn Lloyd-Jones. There are several other books I’m reading for my doctoral studies: a biography of John Witherspoon (1723-1794), a collection of Witherspoon’s sermons, a book on religious historiography, and a monograph on church and theology in Enlightenment Scotland.
Each morning I try to read at least five pages from some classic Christian work. Right now that book is The Church of Christ by James Bannerman. I’m also slowly working my way through Scott Manetsch’s terrific book Calvin’s Company of Pastors. I’m really enjoying Fateful Lightning, Allen Guelzo’s book on the Civil War and reconstruction. I have two other books I haven’t started yet: James Bratt’s new biography of Abraham Kuyper and Rod Gragg’s Covered with Glory on the 26th North Carolina infantry at Gettysburg. I like to read.