On My Shelf: Life and Books with Jackie Hill Perry

Matt Smethurst | May 26, 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 Jackie Hill Perry, poet and hip-hop artist (check out her album The Art of Joy), about what’s on her nightstand, books she regularly re-reads, what she’s learning about life and faith, and more.


What’s on your nightstand right now? 

What are some books you regularly re-read and why?

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. This book has a way of refocusing me. It reminds me of the great necessity of holiness, and it often reveals areas of sin in my heart that have either gone unnoticed or unmortified. This book will always remain in constant rotation as I’m consistently in need of its convicting yet gracious gems.

What books have most profoundly shaped how you view gospel ministry?

What are your favorite fiction books?

  • Night by Elie Wiesel (sorry, not fiction)

What are you learning about life and following Jesus?

I’m still learning the joys and difficulties of my life being all but static or still…


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