On My Shelf: is a new series designed to help you get to know various staff members through providing a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. This week's peak is with Emma King, director of communications & wannabe-foodie, about what's currently on her (ever-growing-in-height) nightstand, books she re-reads & her favorite fiction.

What's on your nightstand right now?

My nightstand is very much like a physical-wish-list of what is on my reading cue. Currently living there are quite a few books:

 The Incorrigible Children: The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood 

Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey

Romans 1-7 For You by Tim Keller

Practicing Affirmation by Sam Crabtree

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosentsrach

Jesus, Justice & Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry by Kathy Keller


What are you learning about life and following Jesus?

I started meditating my way through Romans in August — I anticipate being in this book for.. well, a while. I’ve been walking through the hard truths of chapter 1 for a while now. How Paul has such a heart for the people of Rome to know and to live out of the gospel, even though he has not made it to them physically yet. How broken I am, which has made me more aware of how in need of a Savior I am. There is never a point where I don't need Christ's redeeming work of the cross.


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

The Harry Potter series finds itself alone and at the top of the list of books I've re-read. I find the plot so engaging, and in general, love reading young adult books… the ease of the read, the way it can teach through story and the reality of enduring, although not without conflict, relationships like Harry, Hermione, & Ron’s friendship must encourage us all, right?


What are your favorite fiction books?

I am blowing through a series about The Incorrigible Children... and am always on the hunt for more young adult series to peak my interest! Like I said above, Harry Potter and his friends are basically on my mind constantly. In college, I went through a Karen Kingsbury phase (Christian fiction). She's written over 30 books, so I sometimes found myself too busy reading to go to class—don't tell my parents! The Chronicles of Narnia series is definitely a favorite. I have been researching book lists and found a nautical series from the 1800s that I'm going to try out on an upcoming beach trip (came highly recommended from Kathy Keller)!