On My Shelf: Life and Books with Scott Sauls

Matt Smethurst | June 21, 2016

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

I corresponded with Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and author of Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Tired of Taking Sides (Tyndale, 2015) and Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear (Tyndale, forthcoming) about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped him, his favorite fiction, what he’s learning, and more.

What’s on your nightstand right now? 

I just finished a pre-release copy of a deeply moving book called Struck by Russ Ramsey. It’s a memoir on affliction and grace. I think it releases sometime in 2017. I’m also plodding through a handful of other books, including Tim Keller’s book on the Psalms, Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, and Richard Rohr’s Breathing Under Water. On deck is Eugene Peterson’s Run with the Horses, Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s Spiritual Depression, and a collaborative book just released by several PCA ministers on racial reconciliation and belonging, titled Heal Us, Emmanuel. Ann Voskamp also has a book called The Broken Way that I can’t wait to read, but it hasn’t yet released.
What are some

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