On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tim Challies

Ivan Mesa | October 25, 2016


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

We spoke with Tim Challies—blogger, author, and elder at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto—about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped him, his favorite fiction, and more. 


What’s on your nightstand right now?

A lamp, an iPhone charger, and a Kindle. I don’t keep books on my nightstand, because I don’t own any—I gave away or sold them all so I could go all-in with digital books. You make friends quickly when people hear you’re giving away your books!

On my Kindle I’m reading several books at once: Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures by Jayson Georges and Mark Baker, an interesting look at a cultural worldview foreign to most North Americans; Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the sequel to Anne of Green Gables that, to my mind, is nowhere near as good; and Sexual Morality in a Christless World by Matthew Rueger, a fascinating look at modern views of sexuality that focuses a lot of attention on the sexual and moral context in which the New Testament was written. I just finished up Pursuing Health in an Anxious


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