On My Shelf: Life and Books with Jen Wilkin

Matt Smethurst | May 14, 2015


On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I corresponded with Jen Wilkin, Bible teacher and author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds (Crossway, 2014), about what books she regularly re-reads, what books haver profoundly shaped her, and her favorite works of fiction.


What are some books you regularly re-read and why?

Both of these books remind me to keep God as the center of the text when I teach. When I start to feel the pull toward man-centered application of Scripture, these two men shift my gaze heavenward again.

What books have most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others for the sake of the gospel?

  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  • Confessions by Augustine. “You are my God, my Life, my Holy Delight, but is this enough to say of you? Can any man say enough when he speaks of you? Yet woe betide those who are silent about you! For even those who are most gifted with speech cannot find words to…

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