On My Shelf: Life and Books with Timothy George

Matt Smethurst | April 9, 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 Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, about what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, and some of his favorite works of fiction.

What's on your nightstand right now?

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

  • Confessions by Augustine. It's almost like the Bible in terms of how often I read it. It tells the story of my life and of all our lives as sinners in need of God's grace.
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. Calvin clears the cobwebs out of my mind and tunes my heart to God. Book 3, chapter 20 is one of the great treatises on prayer in all of Christian literature.
  • Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth. While I do not always agree with Barth, I appreciate his approach to theology, which I find…

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