IN THE LAND OF BLUE BURQAS, by Kate McCord, a pseudonym. Riveting and fast paced, this book depicts sharing the love and truth of Christ in Afghanistan, which has been called "the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman." Through storytelling, the author shows how people who don't know Christ come to see Him, His truth, and His beauty. The stories provide insight into how a Jesus-follower brought Jesus' teachings of the Kingdom of God to Afghanistan.  (Amazon)

THE BRIDGES OF GOD: A STUDY IN THE STRATEGY OF MISSIONS, by Donald McGavran. This book was written “in the hope that it will shed light on the process of how peoples become Christian, and help direct the attention of those who love the Lord to the highways of the Spirit along which His redemptive Church can advance."   (Amazon)

WHEN HELPING HURTS:  HOW TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY WITHOUT HURTING THE POOR… AND YOURSELF, by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert. This book is a contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.   (Amazon)


Also available: When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience: An Online Video-Based Study.   (Amazon)

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Cultural & Strategic Resources

RADICAL, by David Platt. The author delivers a powerful picture of the church in America today that, on key points, stands in sharp contrast to what the Bible shows us about the person and purpose of Jesus Christ. David challenges Christians to wake up, trade in false values rooted in the American dream, and embrace the notion that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose—to make Christ’s glory known to all the nations!   (Amazon)

PEACE CHILD, by Don Richardson. Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea, headhunting cannibals who valued treachery through "fattening" victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology. The "peace child" that became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations and inspires us today to communicate Christ in a meaningful way to those around us.  (Amazon)

Culture, Worldview and Contextualization, by Charles H. Kraft. Christians have all too often acted as if becoming a Christian meant becoming like them culturally. Kraft asserts that, “If we take a scriptural approach, we should adapt ourselves and our presentation of God’s message to the culture of the receiving people.”   (PDF)

Section 3 - Cultural

THE FINISHERS, Roger Hershey and Jason Weimer. What will it take to complete the mission of Christ in this generation? The authors take us through the Vision, the Mindset, the Stewardship, and the Convictions of a Finisher—exploring the life of one who competes, endures, and completes the race marked out. This is the defining vision and guide to “All-in,” “Sold-out,” “Radical” discipleship.   (Amazon)

IN THIS GENERATION:  LOOKING TO THE PAST TO REACH THE PRESENT, by Todd Ahrend. This book takes you on a journey into the greatest missions movement in history. For anyone today who longs for the evangelization of the world, this is the place to begin. The lessons learned from the historic Student Volunteer Movement provide a priceless well of wisdom and practical methods that God's church can drink from once again. To reach the world for Christ in this generation, look to those who almost accomplished it in their own.   (Amazon)

Section 4 - Strategic

The Willowbank Report. The process of communicating the gospel cannot be isolated from the human culture from which it comes, or from that in which it is to be proclaimed. This fact constituted one of the preoccupations of the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in July 1974. So the Lausanne Committee’s Theology and Education Group convened a consultation on this topic, bringing 33 theologians, anthropologists, linguists, missionaries and pastors together from all six continents to study “Gospel and Culture.” This report is a summary of what took place.

ETERNITY IN THEIR HEARTS, 3rd Ed., by Don Richardson. The author demonstrates through compelling stories from many different cultures how the concept of a supreme God has existed for centuries, preparing people worldwide for the gospel.   (Amazon)

WHEN CHARITY DESTROYS DIGNITY, by Glenn J. Schwartz. This book is about avoiding or overcoming unhealthy dependency in the Christian movement. It contains a description of the dependency syndrome, its historical development and how to overcome it. Though unhealthy dependency is widespread, the basic premise of this book is that it does not need to be considered an incurable illness. There are many practical illustrations and suggestions for those in Christian service who face the challenge of avoiding or overcoming unhealthy dependency.   (Amazon)

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