Recommended Reading List
If you are like us your time is limited and it’s not likely you can read all of these books in a timely fashion. Accordingly, we have prioritized them for you. We recommend reading them in order of appearance on the list below.
by Dale Hanson Bourke
This is a fairly quick read and is probably the best book available when it comes to describing this incredibly complicated topic. It is factual and enlightening and is written from a perspective that is the most politically/religiously neutral that we’ve seen. There are no good guys or bad guys here, just imperfect humans trying to survive in a fallen world. You’ll want to keep this handy as an on-going reference book.
by Sarah Lanier
An easy read and one of the best books around for gaining insight on how cultures vary when it comes to everyday life. Learn about “cold vs. hot climate” cultures, relationship vs. task oriented cultures, direct vs. indirect communication, individualism vs. group identity, and more.
Serving the World in Christlike Humility
by Duane Elmer
This book explores the nature of being a true servant in a cross-cultural environment. All too often well meaning missionaries unintentionally convey an attitude of superiority, paternalism, and arrogance to those they are attempting to serve. The author gives some excellent guidance on how to serve with sensitivity and humility.
by Mark Cahill
A book every Christian who wants to share his faith (which is hopefully all of us) needs to read. This practical book will give you ideas for starting conversations, examples of witnessing situations, and answers to common questions about witnessing.
A Stirring Account of the Church Caught in the Middle East Crossfire
by Brother Andrew
Known mostly for his work behind the Iron Curtain, and his book God’s Smuggler- since the mid-nineties Brother Andrew has been an advocate and encourager for believers and the Church in the Holy Land. This book is particularly enlightening in showing the challenges the Church faces in the current environment where the Christian population is dwindling in numbers and influence.
By Fouad Masri
While the target audience of this book is primarily American Christians who want to reach out to American Muslims this is still an excellent book on the basics of how to reach out to Muslims. It gives a clear and concise overview of Muslim beliefs and the questions Muslims ask about Christianity. It also provides the reader with a number of non-threatening bridge building approaches.
by Paul G. Hiebert
We are now getting into more academically oriented work. A good book for the student who wants to go deeper, and make a true study of culture and how that impacts the successful spreading of the Gospel.
by David J. Hesselgrave
Still haven’t had enough? This book, at well over 600 pages, will take you even deeper. It is a holistic and cross-disciplinary approach, drawing from specialists in linguistics, communication theory, anthropology, psychology, sociology, theology, and philosophy. The author presents his thoughts through the discussion of seven topics: worldviews, cognitive processes, linguistic forms, behavioral patterns, social structures, media influence, and motivational sources. He also strives for a balance between transcendence and contextualization.