The Gospel Coalition recently sent me some questions about what’s on my nightstand, my favorite fiction, favorite biographies, the role of reading, and more.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

I’ve been slowly working my way through Puritanism and the Pursuit of Happiness by Bryn Roberts. It focuses on the ministry and theology of Ralph Venning. For lighter reading I turn to Thomas Friedman’s new bestseller, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in an Age of Accelerations [read TGC’s review]. The next one in line is The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds, which tells the story about how two Israeli psychologists won the Nobel Prize for their work that upended assumptions about how we make decisions and created the field of behavioral economics.

Further questions include:

  • What are your favorite fiction books?
  • What biographies or autobiographies have most influenced you and why? 
  • What books have most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others for the sake of the gospel?
  • What’s the best book you’ve recently read?
  • You’ve recently written about “living a grace-paced life in a burnout culture” and the need for digital detox. What role does reading books have in this discussion?
  • What are you learning about life and following Jesus?

You can find my answers by clicking through to the article here.