On My Shelf: Life and Books with Joe Carter

Matt Smethurst | April 21, 2015

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. I corresponded with Joe Carter—communications specialist for the ERLC, editor at The Acton Institute and The Gospel Coalition, and adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College—about what’s on his nightstand, some of his favorite works of fiction, and what books have most profoundly shaped him.

What's on your nightstand right now?

I’m a slow reader (and even slower thinker), so I like to fool myself into reading more by reading a dozen books at a time. By reading 10 to 20 pages a day in each I delude myself into believing I’m actually making progress on my book pile. Currently I’m working my way through:

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. Bryson provides a fascinating intellectual history disguised as a tour of his home, a former Church of England rectory built in the 19th century.

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. I don’t appreciate when authors feel superior to their literary creations, so I’ve never been enthusiastic about Sinclair Lewis.

Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller. An introduction to the science behind public policy issues, like nuclear weapons and space programs. The…

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