On My Shelf: Life and Books with Richard Mouw

Ivan Mesa | January 10, 2017


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

I corresponded with Richard Mouw—former president and professor of faith and public life at Fuller Theological Seminary—about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped him, his favorite fiction, and more. 


What’s on your nightstand right now?

The most compelling philosophical book I’ve read recently is Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone du Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others.

What books have most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others for the sake of the gospel? 
 
Of all the leadership books I have read, at the top of the list is Max DePree, Leadership Is an Art.
 
In thinking about leadership in general, I owe much to classical writers I’ve wrestled with while disagreeing with them: Plato’s The Republic, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Hobbes’s Leviathan, and The Federalist Papers

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