Author Interview: Thomas Hale and Gene Daniels

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On Being a Missionary (Abridged): An Introduction to Cross-Cultural Life and Ministry*

By Thomas Hale and Gene Daniels 

William Carey Publishing, 2023 

288 ebook pages

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This book is written not as a theoretical textbook nor as a ground-breaking book that puts forward new approaches to mission but as a practical book that aims to “absorb and clearly present the ideas, experiences, and insights of over a hundred missionary writers” (page ix). Since Hale wrote this book in 1995, there has been a need to update and abridge it (which Daniels undertook). Dale describes Hale’s original book as a “defining book in the genre of practical yet spiritual missionary books” (page 1). The book describes the life of being a missionary, with its challenges, heartaches, and joys—addressing the problems, struggles, and failures that they experience. The authors posit that from these difficult experiences the missionaries learn the most. 

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