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Mobilizers recommend this year’s “must reads”

Our thanks to all who Missions Defined


shared their favorite new
These two books both won enthusiastic praise from several readers, and rep-
missions books. Here are resent very different perspectives on the question of what is missions and
where is missions today. Read together, they will challenge us to think about
this year’s picks for your biblical foundations, historical applications, and today’s missions context.

personal benefit and to When Everything Is Missions


Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison
pass along to your team. If
Spitters and Ellison challenge the common declarations that
you voted for older titles or “Everyone’s a missionary” and “Everything we do is missions.”
They look for biblical guidelines, consider the role of the
ones we had featured in church, and focus on the implications.

prior years, we’re sorry we Transcending Mission: The Eclipse of a Modern


Tradition
weren’t able to include
Michael Stroope
your picks here. See our This book is more academic, and the reader will need to
persevere to the last section to really benefit from Stroope’s
‘14, ‘15 and ‘16 lists. insights. He wrestles with the definition of missions and
missionary, and highlights concerns with what he considers
over-mobilization and under-transformation.
Missionary Care

Missions and the Church


Help Your Missionaries Thrive:
Leadership Practices that Make a
Missions: How the Local Church Goes Difference
Global Ken Harder and Carla Foote
Andy Johnson
This book is designed primarily for those
One in a series by 9Marks on building who lead missionaries on the field, but it
healthy churches, this small book is a great addresses questions that will also help
starter resource for churches that are just churches recognize and understand their workers’ struggles.
finding their way into missions. The book suggests a handful of key leadership practices that
when implemented can help workers overcome these chal-
lenges and thrive.
Gaining by Losing
J.D. Greear
Greear is enthusiastic about sending Muslim Evangelism
church members out as disciplers to plant
congregations across the US and around The missions community was saddened earlier this year by
the world. As a local-church pastor himself, the death of Nabeel Qureshi. Both of his 2016 books were
he has credibility to challenge other voted into the “best books” list by our readers.
pastors to release their people to go.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus and
No God But One: Allah or Jesus?
Missionary Preparation Nabeel Qureshi
Seeking Allah describes Qureshi’s journey
Training Missionaries from Islam to Christianity. One reader noted
Evelyn and Richard Hibbert that their organization makes the book re-
quired reading for their teams engaging with
One reader commented, “This is the best
Muslims because it revels the barriers for Muslims to intellec-
cross-cultural training guide that has been
tually receive the gospel. Qureshi’s last book, No God But
written in the last decade.” The book address
One, provides further insight into the questions and objec-
four essential areas of missionary training
tions that most Muslims face as they consider following
and outlines how they can be addressed in a
Jesus. Includes a guide for small-group studies.
cross-cultural learning community.

Biography Contemporary Issues

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the
One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Roots of Injustice and Privilege
Loss, and Survival Ken Wytsma
Melissa Fleming
“This book gives the history of racism in
This is a secular but powerfully moving America,” wrote one reader, “calls out my
story of one woman’s incredible experienc- own complicity in ignorance, and suggests
es as she struggled to escape the war in concrete and godly responses without
her native Syria. It’s one of those stories taking one political stance or another. It ad-
you can’t put down. dresses race as a gospel issue and convicts without leaving
the reader feeling helplessly mired in guilt.”
Leadership Contemporary Church Issues

Break Open the Sky: Saving Our Faith from a


The Top Ten Leadership Conversations in Culture of Fear / Stephan Bauman
the Bible
Bauman challenges the grip of fear and risk-
Steve Moore
avoidance that paralyzes the Western church
Moore has distilled, in a reflective and analytical today. Uncomfortably practical.
way, 10 themes around critical leadership
attributes. A reader commented, “I found it very
practical and transferable.” Biography/Autobiography
These Very ROCKS Cry Out! Choosing to
Remember because We Are Prone to Forget
Editor’s Additions Nancy Chandler
This warm autobiography shares life lessons
While the “best books” choices above come from our read- learned as this woman served in missions
ers, your editor couldn’t help adding some that she was sorry around the world.
didn’t make the list.
Where No One Has Heard: The
Living Out Faith in a Pluralistic Culture Life of J. Christy Wilson Jr. / Ken Wil-
son
Two new books address the challenge of teaching believers The story of a great but humble servant of God
to share their faith in a multi-faith context. who pioneered missions in Afghanistan and
influenced so many other 20th century workers.
Faith in the Mosaic: Finding a Biblical Focus
in a Pluralistic World
Bruce A McDowell
Missions Small Group Studies
A missionary and missions pastor, McDowell
has developed a biblical framework to answer,
STORYLINE: Discovering Your Story in God’s
in accessible language, questions of the
Global Mission
uniqueness of Christ, tolerance, reaction to religious violence,
and much more. A great guide for a small-group study. The Storyline team has developed this eight-
lesson study focused on God’s purpose, people
From Bubble to Bridge: Educating and plan. A video can be downloaded for each
Christians for a Multifaith World lesson.
Marion H. Larson and Sara L. H. Shady
Journey to the Nations: A Greater Vision for
A more academic volume, this book offers
Your Greatest Mission / Sigmon
encouragement and practical advice for
believers who need to get out of their bubble A six-week study with application for those who
and interact with neighbors of different faiths. send as well as those who go. Workbook style
with online video suggestions.

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