85 Suggested Missions Books

(These are in print today — August 5, 2008)
Compiled by Doug Nichols, Founder and International Director Emeritus, Action International Ministries
PO Box 398 Mountlake Terrace WA 98043-0398, Tel (425) 775-4800, Fax (425) 775-0634,
Email nichols.doug@gmail.comwww.actionintl.org

 * Very important     **A must        ***Possibly one of the best!


Sections
:

1.  Biographies

2.  General

3.  History of Missions

4.  Leadership in Missions

5.  Ministry to Needy Children

6.  Preparation, Raising Support & Furloughs

7.  Specialized

8.  Theological Issues in Missions

9.  Urban Missions

1.  B I O G R A P H I E S

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

A Chance to Die
(The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael)

Elisabeth Elliot
Fleming H. Revell Company
382 pages

** A classic study on a life lived for the glory of God!

Amy Carmichael
(Let the Little Children Come)

Lois Hoadley Dick
Moody Press
160 pages

**

Five Pioneer Missionaries
(David Brainerd, William Burns, John Eliot, Henry Martyn, John Paton)

Different authors
The Banner of Truth
345 pages

*** Great lessons from five missionary heroes of the past.

Gladys Aylward
(The Courageous English Missionary)

Catherine Swift
Bethany House Publishers
128 pages

*

Isobel Kuhn
(Missionary to the Lisu in China)

Lois Hoadley Dick
Bethany House Publishers
157 pages

*

John G. Patton, Missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu)

John G. Patton (autobiography)
The Banner of Truth
524 pages

**

A Man in Christ
(The Story of J. Hudson Taylor)

Roger Steer
Harold Shaw Publishers
374 pages

*** One of the best biographies in print today!

Mary Slessor
(Heroine of the Calabar)

Basil Miller
Bethany House Publishers
139 pages

*

No Sacrifice Too Great
(The Story of C.T. Studd and Priscilla)

Eileen Vincent
WEC Publications
253 pages

** Even with his faults, we can learn much from and praise God for C.T. Studd!

Shadow of the Almighty
(The Life & Testament of Jim Elliot)

Elisabeth Elliot
Harper & Row Publishers
256 pages

*

Storming the Golden Kingdom
(Adoniram Judson, Apostle to Burma)

John Waters
InterVarsity Press
190 pages

**

The Legacy of William Carey
(A Model for the Transformation of a Culture)

Vishal & Ruth Mangalwadi
Crossway Books
153 pages

 

William Carey

S. Pearce Carey
The Wakeman Trust

*** One leading pastor says this is one of the best books he has read.

       

 


2.  G E N E R A L

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

2020 Vision
(Practical Ways individuals and Churches can be involed)

Bill & Amy Stearns
Bethany House
234 pages

*

African-American Experience
(in World Mission: A Call Beyond Community)

 

Edited by Vaughn J. Walston and Robert J. Stevens
William Carey Library
192 pages 

 

The Church is Bigger Than You Think
(The Unfinished Work of World Evangelization)

Patrick Johnstone
WEC Publications
314 pages

*** Excellent update on the task of the churc

Communicating Cross-Culturally (2nd Edition)
(An Introduction to Missionary Communication)

David J. Hesselgrave
Zondervan Books
672 pages

*

Crisis and Hope in Latin America
(An Evangelical Perspective)

Emilio Antonio Núñez C.
William David Taylor
William Carey Library
526 pages

**

Eternity in Their Hearts
(Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World)

Don Richardson
Regal Books/Gospel Light
223 pages

*

Go and Make Disciples!
(An Introduction to Christian Missions)

Roger S. Greenway
P&R Publishing
190 pages

*** Excellent challenge.

How to Be a World Class Christian
(You Can Be a Part of God’s Global Action)

Paul Borthwick
Chariot Victor Publishing

*

Let the Nations Be Glad
(The Supremacy of God in Missions)

John Piper
InterVarsity Press
240 pages

*** Puts God back in the center of missions.

Lords of the Earth

Don Richardson
YWAM Publishing
320 pages

*

Marching to a Different Drummer
(Rediscovering Missions in an Age of Affluence and Self-Interest)

Jim Raymo
Christian Literature Crusade
(WEC International Publications) 216 pages

*** Possibly the best practical missions book printed in the last five years. Deals with controversies well.

A Mind for Missions
(Ten Ways to Build Your World Vision)

Paul Borthwick
NavPress
167 pages

*

Missions in the Third Millennium
(21 Key Trends for the 21st Century)

Stan Guthrie
Paternoster Publishing
205 pages

***

The New Global Mission

Samuel Escobar
IV Press 2003
192 pages

** The new realities of our global world and a changing mission field.

On Being a Missionary

 

Thomas Hale
William Carey Library
422 pages

**Deals with problems, struggles …of missionaries … to best prepare for joyous, rewarding ministry!

Operation World
21st Century Edition

(The Day-by-Day Guide to Praying for the World)

Patrick Johnstone
Christian Literature Crusade
824 pages

*** Maps, statistics, culture, missions, evangelism and discipleship in each country of the world.

Out of the Comfort Zone
(Grace! Vision! Action!)

George Verwer
OM Literature
154 pages

*** Excellent book on challenge and vision for missions.

Peace Child

Don Richardson
YWAM Publishing
288 pages

**

Planting Churches Cross-Culturally
(A Guide for Home and Foreign Missions)

David Hesselgrave
Baker Book House
462 pages

*

Scripture and Strategy
(The Use of the Bible in Postmodern Church and Mission)

David J. Hesselgrave
William Carey Library
192 pages

* Are our methods and strategies based on the Word of God?

Serving as Senders
(How to Care for Your Missionaries While They are Preparing to Go, While They are on the Field, When They Return Home)

Neal Pirolo
Emmaus Road International
208 pages

** Very practical help for evangelical "sending" churches.

Six Dangerous Questions
(To Transform Your View of the World)

Paul Borthwick
InterVarsity Press
129 pages

** "Borthwick has exposed important issues in missions that pastors,…and leaders, need to grapple with." (Jim Reapsome)

A Vision for Missions  

Tom Wells
The Banner of Truth
157 pages

** The missionary vision must begin with the vision of God and to "declare His glory among the nations."

You Can Change the World (Volumes 1 and 2)
(Learning to Pray for People Around the World; The Children's Version of Operation World)

Jill Johnstone
WEC International
(Vol. 1 - 126 pages - out of print)

***Excellent for children, young people, and family prayer time.

 

 3.  H I S T O R Y    O F    M I S S I O N S

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

A Concise History of the Christian World Mission
(2nd Edition)

(A Panoramic View of Missions from Pentecost to the Present)

J. Herbert Kane
Baker Book House
216 pages

**

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions, Second Edition

Ruth A. Tucker
Zondervan Books
512 pages

**

A History of Christianity
in Africa

(From Antiquity to the Present)

Elizabeth Isichei
MARC Publications
(World Vision) 431 pages

*

A History of Christian Missions
(Pelican History of the Church, Vol 6)

Stephen Neill
Viking Press
528 pages

*

On Their Way Rejoicing
(The History and Role of the Bible in Africa)

Ype Schaaf
Paternoster Publishing
254 pages

*

The Story of Faith Missions
(From Hudson Taylor to Present Day Africa)

Klaus Fiedler
MARC Publications
(World Vision) 428 pages

*

 

4.  L E A D E R S H I P    I N    M I S S I O N S

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

Dynamic Spiritual Leadership
(Leading Like Paul)

J. Oswald Sanders
Discovery House Publishers
223 pages

*** Excellent

Future Leaders
(Spirituality, Mentors, Context and Style for Leaders of the Future)

Viv Thomas
Paternoster Press
189 pages

*

Spiritual Leadership
(Second Revision)

J. Oswald Sanders
Moody Press 190 pages

*** Remains the best book in print on spiritual leadership!

       

 

5.  M I N I S T R Y    T O    N E E D Y    C H I L D R E N

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

Children in Crisis: A New Commitment
(War Traumas, Street Children, AIDS Orphans, Sexually Exploited, the Girl Child, Child Laborers)

Phyllis, Kilbourn, Editor
MARC Publications
(World Vision)
272 pages

***

Restoring Children of the Streets
(A Ministry Guide for Taking the Street Out of Street Children)

Jeff Anderson, Editor
Action International Ministries
92 pages

*** The best in its category

Healing the Children of War
(A Handbook for Ministry to Children Who Have Suffered Deep Traumas)

Phyllis Kilbourn, Editor
MARC Publications
(World Vision)
318 pages

*** Excellent for ministry to children in crisis.

Reaching Children in Need
(What's Being Done—What You Can Do)

Patrick McDonald
with Emma Garrow
Kingsway Publications
190 pages

** Excellent for information for networking in ministry to children in crisis.

Sexually Exploited Children
(Working to Protect and Heal)

Editors Phyllis Kilbourn and Marjorie McDermid
MARC Publications
(World Vision)
324 pages

***

Street Children
(The Tragedy and Challenge of the World's Millions of Modern-day Oliver Twists)

Andy Butcher
Gabriel Publishers
201 pages

*** An emotional, biblical, informative book on reaching street children with the gospel. Excellent!

Street Children
(A Guide to Effective Ministry)

Phyllis Kilbourn, Editor
MARC Publications
(World Vision)
253 pages

*** Practical steps in ministry to the world's neglected 150,000,000 street children.

 

6.  P R E P A R A T I O N, R A I S I N G    S U P P O R T    &  F U R L O U G H S

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

52 Ways to Teach Missions

 

Nancy S. Williamson
Rainbow Books
64 pages

*

Friend Raising
(Building a Missionary Support Team that Lasts)

Betty Barnett
YWAM Publishing
178 pages

*

Getting Sent
(A Relational Approach to Support Raising)

Pete Sommer|
InterVarsity Press
202 pages

***

Lambs Dancing with Wolves
(A Manual for Christian Workers Overseas)

Dr. Michael Griffiths
Kregel Publications
384 pages

***

Manual for Missionaries on Furlough

Marjorie A. Collins
William Carey Library

*

Missionary Care
(Counting the Cost for World Evangelization)

Kelly O'Donnell
William Carey Library
360 pages

*

People Raising
(A Practical Guide to Raising Support)

William P. Dillon
Moody Press
255 pages

**

Raising Resilient MKs
(Raising MKs to Love God and Follow Him)

Joy M. Bowers, Editor
Mission Training International
510 pages

*

Re-Entry
(Making the Transition from Missions to Life at Home)

Peter Jordan
YWAM Publishing
150 pages

*

Send Me!
(Your Journey to the Nations)

Steve Hoke
Bill Taylor
William Carey Library
136 pages

**

Survival of the Fittest
(Keeping Yourself Healthy in Travel and Service Overseas)

Dr. Christine Aroney-Sine
MARC Publications
(World Vision)
121 pages

* A good handbook for healthy travel and ministry.

Too Valuable to Lose
(Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition)

William D. Taylor, Editor
William Carey Library
308 pages

** Excellent resource.

 

7.  S P E C I A L I Z E D

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

Answering Islam
(The Crescent in the Light of the Cross)

Norman Geisler
Baker Book House
336 pages

*

Communicating Christ in Animistic Contexts

Gailyn Van Rheenen
William Carey Library
344 pages 

*

Evangelization and  Church Growth
(Issues from the Asian Context)

Roger Hedlund
William Carey Library
260 pages

**

Global Missiology for the 21st Century
(Reflections from the Iguassu Dialogue)

William Taylor, Editor
Baker Book House
564 pages

 

Ministry to Muslim Women
(Longing to Call Them Sisters)

Fran Love & Jeleta Eckheart
William Carey Library
288 pages

*

Planting Churches in Muslim Cities
(A Team Approach)

Greg Livingstone
Baker Book House
271 pages

*

Reaching Muslims for Christ

William Saal
Moody Press
224 pages

*

Secrets of the Koran

Don Richardson
Gospel Light Publishers
144 pages

 

Serving with the Poor in Africa
(Cases in Holistic Ministry)

Tetsunao Yamamori
Bryant L. Myers
Kwame Bediako
Larry Reed (Editors)
MARC Publications
230 pages

*

 

8.  T H E O L O G I C A L    I S S U E S    I N    M I S S I O N S

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

A Biblical Theology of Missions

George W. Peters

Moody Press

368 pages

*

Contextualization  

 

David J. Hesselgraves
Edward Rommen
William Carey Library
291 pages

** "This classic brings together the meanings, proposals, and tasks involved in contextualization ... explores the history of contextualiza-tion in the Bible...while also examining the proposals of prominent thinkers on this subject."

If Jesus Were Mayor

Bob Moffit
Harvest Publishers

**

Ministering Cross-Culturally
(An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships)

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers
Baker Book House
125 pages

*

Missionary Methods
(St. Paul's or Ours?)

Roland Allen
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
179 pages

*** The strategy of the apostolic method—trust in the Holy Spirit indwelling converts and the churches of which they are members.

Mission on the Way
(Issues in Mission Theology)

Charles Van Engen
Baker Book House
306 pages

* Author masterfully articulates the contours of mission theology. Excellent bibliographic sources.

 

9.  U R B A N    M I S S I O N S

Book Title

Author and Publisher

Comments

Cities (2nd Edition)
(Missions’ New Frontier)

Roger S. Greenway
Timothy Monsma
Baker Book House
280 pages

***

Cry of the Urban Poor
(Reaching the Slums of Today's Megacities)

Viv Grigg
MARC Publications
295 pages

*

Discipling the City (2nd Edition)
(A Comprehensive Approach to Urban Mission)

Roger S. Greenway, Editor
Baker Book House
302 pages

**

Planting and Growing Urban Churches
(From Dream to Reality)

Harvie Conn, Editor
Baker Book House
272 pages

*

Research in Church and Mission

Viggo Sgaard
William Carey Library
260 pages

*


Index of Publishers

Action International Ministries (ACTION)
PO Box 398, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
1-800-755-6918
info@actionintl.org


Baker Book House
PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids MI 49516-6287
(800) 877-2665

The Banner of Truth
PO Box 621, Carlisle PA 17013-0621
(717) 249-5747
Banner@banneroftruth.co.uk


Bethany House Publishers
11300 Hampshire Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55438-2455
(800) 328-6109

Broadman & Holman Publishers
127 Ninth Avenue North, Nashville TN 37234
(800) 251-3225

Chariot Victor Publishing
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs CO 80918
(719) 536-3271
(800) 664-7167 (fax)
www.chariotvictor.com

Christian Literature Crusade
Box 1449, Fort Washington PA 19034
(800) 659-1240

Crossway Books
Division of Good News Publishers

1300 Crescent Street, Wheaton, IL  60187
(800) 635-7993
orders@gnpcb.org

Discovery House Publishers
P.O. Box 3566, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
1-800-653-8333
dhp@dhp.org

Emmaus Road International
7150 Tanner Court, San Diego CA 92111
(619) 292-7020

Essence Communications Group
20 Hanna Court, Belleville, ON K8P 5J2  Canada
(800) 238-6376
Email: fulfillment@essencegroup.com

Fleming H. Revell Company
Baker Book House
PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids MI 49516
(800) 877-2665

Gabriel Resources
Ministry of Operation Mobilization
PO Box 1047, Waynesboro, GA 30830
1-800-MORE BOOKS
Email: info@gabriel-resources.com

Harold Shaw Publishers
PO Box 567, 388 Gundersen Drive
Wheaton IL 60189
(800) 742-9782

Harper & Row Publishers
HarperCollins
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
(212) 207-7000
www.harpercollins.com

InterVarsity Press
430 Plaza Drive, Westmont IL 60559-1234
(800) 843-9487

Kingsway Publications
Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, BN23 6NT  ENGLAND
books@kingsway.co.uk

Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2607
Ordering: 1-616-451-4775 x218
Email: customerservice@kregel.com

MARC Publications
800 Chestnut Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016-3198
(800) 777-7752

Mission Training International
PO Box 50110, Colorado Springs CO 80949
(800) 896-3710
(719) 594-4682 (fax)
mintern@aol.com

Moody Press
820 North LaSalle Blvd., Chicago IL 60610-3214
(800) 678-8812

NavPress
PO Box 35001, Colorado Springs CO 80935-3501
(800) 366-7788

OM Literature
PO Box 1047, Waynesboro GA 30830
(800) 733-5907

P&R Publishing
PO Box 817, Phillipsburg NJ 08865-0817
(800) 631-0094
(908) 454-0505
P&R@prpbooks.com
www.prpbooks.com

Paternoster Publishing
(see OM Literature)

Rainbow Books
303 Arthur Street, Fairfield Vic. 3078 Australia
+61 3 9481 6611
General Email: rba@rainbowbooks.com.au
Customer Service:
custserv@rainbowbooks.com.au

Regal Books/Gospel Light
2300 Knoll Drive, Ventura CA 93003-7308
(805) 644-9721

Viking Press
The Penguin Putnam Publishing Group
405 Murray Hill Parkway, East Rutherford NJ 07073
(800) 788-6262
www.penguinputnam.com

The Wakeman Trust
5 Templar Street, London SE5 9JB
United Kingdom

WEC International Publications
PO Box 1707, Fort Washington PA 19034-8707
(215) 646-2322

William Carey Library
1705 North Sierra Bonita, Pasadena CA 91104
(800) 647-7466
orders@wclbooks.com

YWAM Publishing
PO Box 55787, Seattle WA 98155
(425) 771-1153

Zondervan Books
5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids MI 49512-9659
(800) 727-1309

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