Where the Cross meets the Street

The book takes the reader on the life and ministry journey of the author. Noel Castellanos was born an America to parents of Mexican heritage. Interspersed within the pages of the book are stories of his family life growing up, marital tension in his parent’s home, his journey of faith, finding a wife, raising a […]

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Leading Multicultural Teams

“Evelyn and Richard Hibbert worked in multicultural teams in the Middle East, Europe, and Australia and have been involved in coaching, training, and counseling members of multicultural teams working across the globe for more than a decade,” states the back cover of Leading Multicultural Teams (E. Hibbert & Hibbert, 2014). Many others might have similar […]

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Making Your Partnership Work

In Making Your Partnership Work (2002), author Daniel Rickett has presented the “collective wisdom” that Partners International has gained over the years “in a way that others can use it” (2002, p. xiv). The short and practical book is written particularly with missionaries in mind, but more broadly for “anyone else who would say, ‘I […]

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Leading Across Cultures

The book Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church by James Plueddemann (2009) is an excellent resource for missionaries, pastors and all working cross-culturally. Pleuddemann hopes “to foster mutual understanding, cooperation and enhanced ministry as leaders from around the world work together more effectively” (2009, p. 12). Throughout the book, Pleuddemann […]

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A New Kind of Big

Author Chip Sweney has been the community outreach pastor since 2002 at Perimeter Church (2011, p. back cover), which is located in John’s Creek, an “affluent suburb” just North of Atlanta, Georgia (Wikipedia, 2016). Sweney also serves as the director of Unite!, “a diverse group of more than 200 churches whose leadership believes our best […]

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Shared Strength

The book Shared Strength: Exploring Cross-Cultural Christian Partnerships (Birmingham & Todd, 2010) is an excellent compendium of 10 chapters contributed by leaders from various international institutions. A Compassion International sponsored conference in 2009 brought these leaders together to share their perspectives on key principles of Christian partnership in a cross-cultural context, illustrating these with real-life […]

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Work Matters

True to the book’s subtitle, in Work Matters, author Paul Stevens (2011) provides the reader with a biblical perspective on labor. Stevens surveys the major sections of the Bible (Pentateuch, historical books, wisdom books, prophets, and New Testament) and draws out the theology of work presented by the numerous stories and characters. With 26 short […]

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Doing God’s Business

In Doing God’s business, author Paul Stevens (2006) aims not to write “a ‘how-to’ book on leadership or management,” but “a ‘how-come?’ book” that helps the reader discover the answer to the “why” questions (2010)(2006, p. 12). “We deal with meaning and motivation rather than method,” writes Stevens, “If we have a ‘why,’ we can […]

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Kingdom Calling

In Kingdom Calling, Amy Sherman (2011) puts the cookies on the lower shelves when it comes to exploring and practicing theology of work. Though Sherman writes primarily to an audience of missional pastors and ministry leaders (Sherman, 2011, p. 21), the book is well suited for any Christian wanting to learn more about their calling […]

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Thinking in Systems

In her book, Thinking in Systems, pioneer in systems thinking Donella Meadows aimed to give readers “a basic ability to understand and to deal with complex systems” (Meadows & Wright, 2008, p. x). Due to the author’s untimely death in 2001, the work was edited and published at a later time. It was the hope […]

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