On My Shelf: Life and Books with David Murray

Ivan Mesa | March 6, 2017

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

I asked David Murray—professor of Old Testament and practical theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church—about what’s on his nightstand, his favorite fiction, his favorite biographies, the role of reading, and more.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

I’ve been slowly working my way through Puritanism and the Pursuit of Happiness by Bryn Roberts. It focuses on the ministry and theology of Ralph Venning. For lighter reading I turn to Thomas Friedman’s new bestseller, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in an Age of Accelerations [read TGC’s review]. The next one in line is The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds, which tells the story about how two Israeli psychologists won the Nobel Prize for their work that upended assumptions about how we make decisions and created the field of behavioral economics.

What are your favorite fiction books?

I must confess I’ve never been a great reader of fiction. That’s partly because of pressure of time, but mainly because I just don’t enjoy it. I know that’s…

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