On My Shelf: Life and Books with Danny Akin

Matt Smethurst | July 27, 2015

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I spoke with Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, biographies that have shaped him, and more.  

What's on your nightstand right now? 

Well the first thing to say is there are more books on it than I’m getting to! They include: Preaching by Tim Keller [20 quotes | interview | review]; God’s Love Compels Us by D. A. Carson; Defending Substitution by Simon Gathercole [review]; The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield [review]; The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and George Whitefield by Thomas Kidd [review].

What are you learning about life and following Jesus? 

Life is a precious gift that is all too fleeting. It is, as James 4:14 says, a mist, a vapor. We must not waste it.

Jesus is more wonderful than I ever imagined when I trusted him as a 10 year old. His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, patience, wisdom, kindness, power, and faithfulness grows sweeter and more precious with each passing year. He’s a great…

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