Missionaries should test potential areas of service and do the majority of their gospel proclamation where it is likely to produce fruitful results.
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International Orality Network/Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. ION/LCWE, Hong Kong, 159 pages, 2010, $4.95. —Reviewed by Tom Steffen, professor of intercultural studies and director of Doctor of Missiology program at Biola University. Because I’ve been involved in storytelling since the early 1980s, I was anxious to get my hands on Orality Breakouts. I wondered what . . . read more
A case study from Central Asia outlines a four-stage process which demonstrates what true transformation in communities, not of communities, looks like.
by Stephanie Laite Lanham and Joyce Pelletier William Carey Library, 1605 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA 91104, 120 pages, 2010, $12.99. —Reviewed by David A. Diaso, Mission to the World, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Recovering from Traumatic Stress is a great resource for missionaries. I’m not aware of any other books that tackle traumatic stress which . . . read more
A missionary in Russia reminds us that church history
can work for us as we proclaim the life-giving message
by Dwight P. Baker and Douglas Hayward, eds. William Carey Library, 1605 Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, CA 91104, 403 pages, 2010, $14.99. —Reviewed by Ellen Livingood, president of Catalyst Services. Ethics is at its base something lived; it is a practice.” Based on that assertion in the book’s introduction, sixteen writers address thorny issues of ethical . . . read more
What does it take to be effective in kingdom work
over the long haul?
by Avery T. Willis, Jr. and Mark Snowden NavPress, P.O. Box 35001, Colorado Springs, CO 80935, 238 pages, 2010, $14.99. —Reviewed by Samuel E. Chiang, executive director of the International Orality Network. Truth That Sticks is destined to become a timeless classic. Co-authors Avery Willis and Mark Snowden pooled their experiences in storytelling, discipleship, small . . . read more
The author discusses important theological and
cultural issues that have been largely ignored in
contextualizing Christianity in Korea.
by Cedric Mayson Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302, 198 pages, 2010, $20.00. —Reviewed by Mike Nichols, program director for intercultural studies at Lincoln Christian University; former missionary to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cedric Mayson wants to save the world from extinction and he claims Africa has the answer. Drawing on personal . . . read more