On My Shelf: Life and Books with Marvin Olasky

Ivan Mesa | February 16, 2016


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

I corresponded with Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine and author of numerous books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion (1994) and Compassionate Conservatism (2000). Olasky reveals what on his nightstand, the books that helped him turn from Marxism, the art of asking good questions, and more.


Whats on your nightstand right now?

What are you learning about life and following Jesus?

  1. God saves sinners.
  2. God’s in charge, we are not.
  3. Be salt, not sugar or vinegar.
  4. Practice biblical objectivity.
  5. Apart from Jesus, we fear death and annihilation.

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

What books do you regularly re-read?


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