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A friend of mine recently asked my advice on what books I might recommend for someone who is preparing to become a cross cultural minister.

So, I thought I’d share my recommends (other than the Bible itself) and ask you guys to weigh in below with books that have been helpful to you.

Here is my short list and Top 20:

On Being a Missionary by Thomas Hale


Cross Cultural Conflict by Duane Elmer

Leading Cross Culturally by Sherwood G. Lingenfelteer


Communicating Christ Cross Culturally by David Hesselgrave


Perspectives on the World Christian Movement by Ralph D. Winter



Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper


Eternity in Their Hearts by Don Richardson


From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth Tucker


A Force in the Earth by David Shibley


Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe


Operation World by Patrick Johnstone


Serving As Senders by Neal Pirilo


Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours by Rolland Allen


The Planting of Missionary Churches by John Nevius


Appropriate Christianity by Charles Kraft


Always Enough by Heidi Baker


LAMP: Language Acquisition Made Practical by Thomas and Elizabeth Brewster


Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders


The Heavenly Man by Bro. Yun and Paul Hattaway

Plus a Couple of Fresh Honorable Mentions especially for Church Planters and Workers:

Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World by David Garrison

And finally…The Hottest and Most Important Book You May Have Never Heard Of Yet!:

T4t: A Discipleship Re-Revolution

Got any others that you think should be on the list? Let me know…

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