On My Shelf: Life and Books with Matthew Hall

Ivan Mesa | January 31, 2017

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

I asked Matthew Hall—dean of Boyce College and assistant professor of church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary—about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped his view of Christian higher education, his favorite fiction, and more.

What’s on your nightstand right now? 

There are four books sitting on my actual nightstand: 
  • A Torch Kept Lit (a collection of obituaries penned by William F. Buckley over the years)
I keep “reading stacks” by different chairs at home and the office. Right now, they include:
What are your favorite fiction books? 
I remember reading Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man during my senior year at Grove City College and being deeply affected. But in more recent years, Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety has likely been the most shaping novel I’ve read (and then given away to others). Stegner’s portrayal of the remarkable…

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