It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the books and resources available for missions. While there are many wonderful books we could recommend, here are five that we’ve found particularly helpful when it comes to dealing with a variety of mission-related topics.
1. For understanding the Great Commission and the plight of Unreached Peoples:
“Let the Nations Be Glad” by John Piper
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church” John Piper radically states in this powerful book. This book is an inspiring resource for both the beginner to missions, as well as the seasoned missionary, focusing on the ultimate purpose of missions for the glory of God.
2. For effectively and creatively contextualizing the Gospel:
“The Global Gospel” by Werner Mischke
Learn what the Bible has to say about issues that resonate with “honor/shame” based societies, as well as ideas for crafting Gospel presentations among them.
3. For navigating cross-cultural relationships:
“Cross-Cultural Conflict” by Duane Elmer
Understand how different cultures approach conflict and navigate potential solutions to issues that arise while ministering to and working with cross-cultural groups.
4. For developing healthy habits and growing spiritually as a missionary:
“Spiritual Equipping for Mission” by Ryan Shaw
Cross-cultural workers face unique challenges spiritually, mentally, emotionally and relationally. This book will increase your awareness of each issue and provide potential helps for staying healthy while on the field.
5. For inspiration about God’s move among the nations:
“Miraculous Movements” by Jerry Trousdale
You may have heard about Church Planting Movements (CPM’s), but have you heard the stories behind them? This book is a fascinating and inspiring collection of stories of God’s work among the nations, as families, tribes and people groups are coming en masse to Christ in astounding ways.