615. Enlightening - Informative Books

Informative Books
These books are educational and enlightening. They help us to understand what missions is all about.
Informative books on Missions

1. Introducing World Missions – A. Scott Moreau. A Biblical, Historical and Practical Survey provides readers with a broad overview of the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for missions. It considers personal and practical issues involved in becoming a missionary, the process of getting to the mission field, and contemporary challenges a mission worker must face. 

2. A Biblical Theology of Missions – George W. Peters. This exhaustive theology of missions focuses on theory and biblical mandates for missions as a vital part of theology. George Peters, a foremost missions authority, considers both liberal and conservative views, although his own stance is solidly evangelical. 

3. Let The Nations Be Glad – John Piper. This book has become a modern missions classic. A trusted resource for thousands of missionaries, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople, it provides a biblical basis for missions and worship. This third edition has been expanded to include timely new material on the prosperity gospel.

4. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission – David J. Bosch.  an excellent guide to study the biblical view on mission, the historical development of the mission concepts, and the variety of contemporary missionary views.
Perspectives On A World Christian Movement: Reader and Study Guide – Ralph Winter. Writings from more than 150 mission scholars and practitioners portray the history and anticipate the potential of the global Christian movement. Every one of the 170 articles and sidebars offers practical wisdom enabling Christians to labor together in bold, Biblical hope to finish the task of seeing that Christ is named and followed among all the peoples of the earth.

6. Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation – Patrick Johnstone. Operation World, the definitive global prayer handbook, has been used by more than a million Christians to pray for the nations. Now in its 7th edition, it has been completely updated and revised by Jason Mandryk with a team of missionaries and researchers, and it covers the entire populated world.

7. Christian Mission in the Modern World – John R. W. Stott. In this classic book, John Stott shows that Christian mission must encompass both evangelism and social action. He begins with careful definitions of five key terms--mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation andconversion. Then, through a thorough biblical exploration of these concepts, Stott provides a model for ministry to people's spiritual and physical needs alike.

8. Understanding Church Growth – Donald McGavran. In this missionary classic, first published in 1970, Donald A. McGavran skillfully combines theological convictions, empirical research, sociological principles, and spiritual insights to mold a paradigm for effective evangelism strategy both at home and abroad.

9. A History Of Christian Missions – Stephen Neill. A History of Christian Missions traces the expansion of Christianity from its origins in the Middle East to Rome, the rest of Europe and the colonial world, and assesses its position as a major religious force worldwide.

10. A Concise History of Christian World Mission: A Panoramic View of Missions from Pentecost to the Present – Herbert Kane.

11. The Making Of A Missionary – Herbert Kane

12. The Gospel In A Pluralist Society – Leslie Newbigin How does the gospel relate to a pluralist society? What is the Christian message in a society marked by religious pluralism, ethnic diversity, and cultural relativism? Should Christians encountering today's pluralist society concentrate on evangelism or on dialogue? How does the prevailing climate of opinion affect, perhaps infect, Christians' faith?

13. Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s Or Ours? – Roland Allen. In little more than ten years St. Paul established the Church in four provinces of the Empire, Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. Before AD 47 there were no churches in these provinces; in AD 57 St. Paul could speak as if his work there was done, and could plan extensive tours into the far west without anxiety lest the churches which he had founded might perish in his absence for want of his guidance and support.

14. Cultural Anthropology – Paul Hiebert. This introduction to the field of cultural anthropology from a Christian perspective exposes students to the excitement and significance of human history and culture.

15. Case Studies in Missions – Paul G. and Frances F. Hiebert. The case studies in this book deal with a wide range of problems: idols and ancestors, women and men, traditional customs, sickness and death, finances and bribery, conversion and theology, walls that divide people, church and mission structures, church/state relationships, and everyday problems of missionary life.

16. Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally: An introduction to Missionary Communication – David Hesselgrave.

17. Contextualization: Meanings, Methods, and ModelsDavid Hesselgrave and Edward Rommen. This classic textbook brings together the meanings, proposals, and tasks involved in contextualization.

18. Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships – Lingenfelter and Mayers. the authors demonstrate that Jesus needed to learn and understand the culture in which he lived before he could undertake his public ministry. The authors examine how this can help us better understand what it means to establish relationships of grace with those from different cultural and social backgrounds.

19. A Biblical Theology of Missions – George Peters. 
This exhaustive theology of missions focuses on theory and biblical mandates for missions as a vital part of theology. George Peters, a foremost missions authority, considers both liberal and conservative views, although his own stance is solidly evangelical..

20. The Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert E. Coleman. "Few books have had as great an impact on the cause of world evangelization in our generation as Robert Coleman's The Master Plan of Evangelism."--Billy Graham

21. Missions In the Third Millennium, Stan Guthrie. This up-to-date volume offers insights to help students, churches, missionaries, agencies, and Christians from outside the West grasp the big picture and take practical steps for more effective involvement.

22. Cities: Missions’ New Frontier – Roger Greenway & Timothy Monsma. As cities continue to expand, Christ calls the church to bring the gospel to these centers of population, culture, and political power.

23. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity – Philip Jenkins. continues to illuminate the remarkable expansion of Christianity in the global South--in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

24. What Cross-Cultural Workers Ought to Know. This book is for people serving in limited access countries. It has been revised and expanded so that the e-book now has 69 chapters in its 430 pages. It is basically the one written for missionaries, but with no mention of missionaries or missions; however, it does mention Christianity and quotes Scripture. If you know people serving in such places, you may want to send them the link or download the book and send it to them as an attachment. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook.

25. A Beginner's Guide to Crossing Cultures: Making Friends in a Multicultural World – Patty Lane. How do you befriend an international student or a new coworker from a different country? What can you expect when your church building is shared with a congregation from another cultural group? Why are your words and actions sometimes misinterpreted by others?

26. Pray for the World – by Molly Wall. To prepare the book, Operation World Researchers asked Christian leaders in every land, “How should the body of Christ throughout the world be praying for your country?” The outcome is indeed exciting. Buy it at Amazon…

27. I think God wants me to be a Missionary In the summer, thousands of young and not-so-young people will travel to another country for a summer of service. A few weeks or months later they will return home. Many will say, “I think God wants me to be a missionary!” That is the time for them to read a book by that title. It will help them sort through many of the issues they will face when considering a longer term commitment. It is available at

28. PathWays to Global Understanding (new edition 2014) Biblical, historical, strategic, and cultural dimensions of God's plan for the nations. An in-depth study with writings from some of the most respected authorities on the subject of missions.

29. Mission Smart – David Frazier (Kindle and paperback) It costs a lot to train, send out, support and care for people in cross-cultural ministry; however, the costs are immeasurable when these workers don’t learn the language and culture well, fail to be effective and return home in trouble spiritually and emotionally. Mission Smart addresses serious gaps in the mission mobilization process.

30. Equipping for Missions – Daniel W. Bacon. This book is great for individuals as they begin their journey in missions. It’s an important tool in any church's efforts in preparing its mission candidates.

The Future of the Global Church – Patrick Johnstone. Johnstone combines history, demographics, religion, and art to combine a coffee table presentation without equal. He places special emphasis on unreached people groups — with lots of color, graphs, charts, numbers, and of course, maps. Your prayer life won’t find a bigger-picture, higher-level blimp shot of the world. Available in hardback, as an ebook, and as a digital collection of files. For More details:    

A Wind In The House Of Islam: How God Is Drawing Muslims Around The World To Faith In Jesus Christ -- David Garrison.(Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Book.) Dr. David Garrison's global survey of Muslim movements to Christ reveals that we are in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history.

33Ask a Missionary: Time-Tested Answers from Those Who've Been There Before. by John McVay 
Paperback book: 224 pages. Paperback and Kindle
"This book is like having a dozen missionary friends at your side, coaching you with kindness and clarity. Who knew wisdom could be so encouraging?" Steve Hawthorne, Co-editor Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

34. Well Connected - Phil Butler.  This book helps any believer turn the ideal into reality. It provides solid grounding in the principles of partnership, abundant case histories, and empowering "how to" suggestions for lay person and ministry leader alike.

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