On My Shelf: Life and Books with Brett McCracken

Ivan Mesa | November 21, 2016


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

I asked Brett McCracken, a film critic for Christianity Today and the author of Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty and Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide, about what’s on his nightstand, books that have helped him better understand culture, his favorite fiction, and more.


What’s on your nightstand right now? 

I’m trying to catch up on some recent releases like Tim Keller’s Making Sense of God [review | interview | 20 quotes] and J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy [review], both of which are on my nightstand now.
 
I recently finished Yuval Levin’sThe Fractured Republic [interview], which was tremendously insightful as to our current American political situation, and Carl Henry’s classic The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism [article], which is nearly 70 years old but has great relevance today.
 
I’ve just finished two wonderful books on early Christianity in the Roman Empire: The Patient Ferment of the Early Church by Alan Kreider [review] and Defending Constantine by Peter Leithart [review]…

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