On My Shelf: Life and Books with Nathan Finn

Ivan Mesa | August 1, 2017


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

I asked Nathan Finn—dean of the School of Theology and Missions and professor of Christian thought and tradition at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and co-author of The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement—about what’s on his nightstand, his favorite fiction books, the biographies that have influenced him the most, and more.


What’s on your nightstand right now?

What are your favorite fiction books?

What biographies or autobiographies have most influenced you and why?

I love biographies of U.S. presidents. My all-time favorite is David McCullough’s John Adams, a book that convinced me that biographies ought to read like novels. Plus, John Adams just wasn’t that interesting of a figure to me until I read the book. That’s the…


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