- Effective Intercultural Communication (Encountering Mission): A Christian Perspective by A. Scott Moreau, Evvy Hay Campbell and Susan Greener. Reviewed by Gary Ridley on SEND U blog.
- Reaching and Teaching the Highland Quichuas: Ministry in Animistic Oral Contexts by M. David Sills. Reviewed by Gary Ridley.
- Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience by M. David Sills. Reviewed by Gary Ridley.
- Christ and Culture Revisited by D. A. Carson. Recommended by Frank Severn as a very good book on theology and culture. Niebuhr wrote his book “Christ and Culture” to the Western world. Carson interacts with this work and writes to a broader audience.
- Anthropological Insights for Missionaries by Paul G. Hiebert.
- Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change by Paul G. Hiebert. Reviewed by Gary Ridley on the SEND U blog.
Hiebert’s ‘capstone’ book, Transforming Worldviews, is a must-read in my opinion. In our ongoing attempts at contextualization, Hiebert helps us to understand that we don’t modify the gospel to fit our worldview or the convert’s worldview. This book provides a guide for analysing worldview for the purpose of disciple-making, a process in which the worldviews of both the disciple and the disciple-maker are transformed by the biblical worldview.
- Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships by Phill Butler. It will help you to think through issues of partnering with other missions or national organizations - why, how, is it worth it, etc. A free .PDF will be available at http://powerofconnecting.net/ “sometime soon” but the website is currently under construction.
- Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards. Those who grew up in the west are quite often unaware that those in different cultures don't approach the Bible with the same assumptions that we do. This doesn't necessarily make us (or them) wrong, but it can lead to problems in communicating effectively. Since the Bible wan't written from a Western perspective, it can hamper our own understanding of Scripture as well.
- Controversies in Mission: Theology, People, and Practice in the 21st Century edited by Rochelle Cathcart Scheuerman and Edward L. Smithers. Contains papers from the 2015 Regional Meetings and National Conference. Reviewed by Gary Ridley on the SEND U blog.
- World Mission: Theology, Strategy & Current Issues, edited by Scott N. Callaham and Will Brooks is a series of essays addressing missiological issues from the perspective of biblical theology. Reviewed and recommended by Gary Ridley on the SEND U blog.