On My Shelf: Life and Books with J. Todd Billings

Ivan Mesa | July 5, 2017


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

I asked J. Todd Billings—professor of Reformed theology at Western Theological Seminary and author of several books including Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ [read TGC’s review]—about what’s on his nightstand, recommended books on union with Christ, books that have shaped his understanding of serving and leading, and more.


What books are currently on your nightstand? 

I call these books my “pleasure reading” books—books I don’t read for research as a professor. It’s always a large, eclectic list. My health problems have made me curious about the history and culture of medicine, so I’ve been reading doctors such as Atul Gawande and Siddhartha Mukherjee, most recently in The Gene: An Intimate History.

I’ve found Jonathan Haidt’s work helpful in illuminating the cultural landscape of our polarized Western moment in The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and History.

I’m always reading fiction, sometimes following the drama of mysteries (P. D. James’s Shroud for a Nightingale) and then other times moving in a dystopian direction (Don DeLillo’s Zero K).


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