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The Distant Land of My Father (Harvest Book Series)
Bo Caldwell
0156027135
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
The Distant Land of My Father begins like a fairy tale: "My father was a millionaire in Shanghai in the 1930s.... On the day he was born, in the province of Shantung, neighbors presented my missionary grandparents, the only Americans for miles, with noodles in great abundance and one hundred chicken eggs, in honor of their son's birth." To the young Anna Schoene, life in Shanghai is indeed magical. There are servants, a luxurious villa, a beautiful mother who smells like Chanel No. 5, and a young, handsome, polo-playing father. Unfortunately, her father is also a smuggler and speculator who loves his freewheeling life more than anything (or anyone) else. Despite warnings, Schoene refuses to leave Shanghai even after the Japanese invade, and his wife and child retreat to Los Angeles; later, he survives imprisonment and...


A Question of Yams: A Missionary Story Based on True Events

0890846146


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Book Description
Other people crowded into the house, and Kuri heard them whispering. "Look what happened to him. Surely he is being punished." Kuri's eyes flew open in alarm. Kuri's father has planted their yams without praying to the spirits. The Head Men insist that the yams must be planted in the right way, but Father declares, "God is mighty," and he continues to plant their garden in the name of Jesus Christ. Kuri can't help wondering whether the Head Men are right. Are the spirits punishing him and his family? If the yams don't grow, what will they eat? Does he dare to be like Father and trust only in God? The day comes at last when Kuri must decide.

Card catalog description
After his father plants the family yam garden without praying to the ancestor spirits, Kuri, a young boy...


Voices of the Faithful
Beth Moore
159145364X
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
"A willingness to go is all they have in common," exclaims Beth Moore, speaking of her friends on the front lines who are spreading the gospel around the world and with whom she collaborated to create "Voices of the Faithful."

About the Author
BETH MOORE is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies too numerous to list! Her engaging, practical style coupled with in-depth Biblical study has made her a favorite of small group and church Bible studies across the United States and the world. Moore leads Living Proof Ministries, based in Houston, Texas. She and her husband have two children.


Hawaii
James A. Michener
0449213358
April 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
"[A] mammoth epic of the islands, [a] vast panorama, wonderful."
THE BALTIMORE SUN
America's preeminent storyteller, James Michener, introduced an entire generation of readers to a lush, exotic world in the Pacific with this classic novel. But it is also a novel about people, people of strength and character; the Polynesians; the fragile missionaries; the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos who intermarried into a beautiful race called Hawaiians. Here is the story of their relationships, toils, and successes, their strong aristocratic kings and queens and struggling farmers, all of it enchanting and very real in this almost mythical place.

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"[A] mammoth epic of the islands, [a] vast panorama, wonderful."
THE BALTIMORE SUN
America's preeminent...


Heavenly Man
Paul Hattaway
082546207X
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Review
Church Libraries : Amazing story and highly recommended for church libraries.

Book Description
A dramatic autobiography of one of China's dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders.

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Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II
Darlene Deibler Rose
0060670207
September 1990
Paperback
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Book Description

This is the true story of a young American missionary woman courage and triump of faith in the jungles of New Guinea and her four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Never to see her husband again, she was forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit and face the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.

From the Publisher
The true story of a young American missionary woman interned during World War II in a notorious Japanese prison camp.

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Through Gates of Splendor
Elisabeth Elliot
0842371524
Feb 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
Through Gates of Splendor is the true story of five young missionaries who were savagely killed while trying to establish communication with the Auca Indians of Ecuador. The story is told through the eyes of Elisabeth Elliot, the wife of one of the young men who was killed.


Hiding Place
Corrie Ten Boom
0553256696
October 1984
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
Corrie ten Boom was a leader in the Dutch Underground during WWII. With the aid of her family, she hid scores of Jews from the Nazi invaders. She was arrested along with every member of her family, spending the remaining war years in concentration camps. Nadia May does great credit to the writers of this true story. She reads with simplicity and a lack of histrionics. Her emotional control makes the tension and horror of the family's plight more real and hideous. Her vocal range is expansive as is her ability to speak with diverse foreign accents. The listener is left with a story of extraordinary humanity, goodness and overwhelming love. J.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Book Description
Corrie Ten Boom stood...


Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power
David Aikman
0895261286
October 25, 2003
Hardcover
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James Lilley, former US ambassador to China and former US representative to Taiwan
David Aikman writes with conviction about the broad scope and deep roots of Christianity in China. It is a compelling

Book Description
This book details the great unreported story of the Chinese giant and its enormously rapid conversion to Christianity and what this change means to the global balance of power.

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The Missional Leader : Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World (J-B Leadership Network Series)
Eddie Gibbs (Foreword), et al
078798325X
April 7, 2006
Hardcover
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Review
"Alan J. Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk are two of the few people in the world today who understand how we can create an environment for the missional transformation of the church for the postmodern world. Every church leader should read this book!"
—Rev. Dr. Clark D. Cowden, evangelist presbyter, Presbytery of San Joaquin, Presbyterian Church

"Discontinuous change wreaks havoc among congregations and pastors who aren’t familiar with the new terrain.  When it comes to navigating this new land, Roxburgh and Romanuk have my ear and gratitude.  Effective, dependable, useful . . .  their wisdom is helping retool our congregation for daring and robust witness.  And among my students—who feel change deep in their bones, both its threats and opportunities—this book is a vital...



The Testament
John Grisham
0440234743
December 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping spawn, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists, and a plethora of sound technicians wait breathlessly, all eyes glued to digital monitors as they watch the old man read his verdict. But Phelan shocks everyone with a bizarre, last-gasp attempt to redistribute the spoils, setting in motion a legal morality tale of a contested will, sin, and redemption.

Our hero, Nate O'Riley--a washed-up, alcoholic litigator with two ruined marriages in his wake and the IRS on his tail--is dispatched to the Brazilian wetlands in search of a mysterious heir named in the will. After a harrowing trip upriver to a remote settlement in the...



Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot
Elizabeth Elliot
006062213X
July 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
The bestselling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the Auca Indians in Ecuador. New introduction by the author.

About the Author

Elisabeth Elliot is the author of These Strange Ashes, Through Gates of Splendor, Passion and Purity, and A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael. She lives in Massachusetts.



Shaped by God's Heart
Milfred Minatrea
0787971111
Aug 2004
Hardcover
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Review
Shaped by God’s Heart is a stimulating contribution to the growing and increasingly diverse engagement in the vision of the missional church. Mifred Minatrea has drawn together insights from a remarkable spectrum of resources, which he synthesizes in strategies for missional transformation and which reward careful reading and provoke further exploration. His carefully thought-out proposals invite experimentation and innovation. This constructive work is encouraging to anyone concerned about the missional faithfulness of the Christian church in North America.”--Darrell L. Guder, Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

“Milfred Minatrea is a pilgrim not a conquistador. His book is not a map drawn by someone who’s conquered the...



Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
Tracy Kidder
0375506160
September 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Thought-provoking and profoundly satisfying, this book will inspire feelings of humility, admiration, and disquietude; in some readers, it may sow the seeds of humanitarian activism. As a specialist in infectious diseases, Farmer's goal is nothing less than redressing the "steep gradient of inequality" in medical service to the desperately poor. His work establishing a complex of public health facilities on the central plateau of Haiti forms the keystone to efforts that now encompass initiatives on three continents. Farmer and a trio of friends began in the 1980s by creating a charitable foundation called Partners in Health (PIH, or Zanmi Lasante in Creole), armed with passionate conviction and $1 million in seed money from a Boston philanthropist. Kidder provides anecdotal evidence that...


Proof
Bill Bright
1582294372
Mar 2005
Paperback
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God's Smuggler
Brother Andrew
0800793013
Sept 2001
(Paperback) - Anniv. Ed.
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From AudioFile
Brother Andrew is the pseudonym of a Dutch missionary who became legendary in the Evangelical Christian world for his ability to smuggle many thousands of Bibles into Communist countries in the 1960's and later. This autobiography (it could also be called an account of his own spiritual journey) takes us from his birth before WWII to approximately 1967 when the book was published. This story shows in its matter-of-fact style just how hard it was for people of faith to live behind the Iron Curtain. The events in this book are often beyond belief. Robert Whitfield does a splendid job reading this "adventure." His soft English accent brings out much of the author's humility, and wonder, in this journey. M.T.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


Funding Your Ministry: Whether You're Gifted or Not
Scott Morton
0967248000
July 1, 1999
Paperback
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Chris Withers, Vice President for Development and University Relations, University of Richmond, Virginia
"Morton has done all of us in resource development a favor with this book…takes the mystery out of fundraising."

Ellis Goldstein, Director of Ministry Partner Development, Campus Crusade for Christ
"Extremely helpful, fun to read. Scott Morton hits the bull’s-eye."

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End of the Spear
Steve Saint
0842364390
December 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this heartfelt memoir, Saint writes about growing up with the Ecuadoran tribe whose members killed his father in 1956, and about taking his wife and teenage children back to Ecuador in the 1990s to live among them again. Many of Saint's readers will be familiar with the spearing deaths of five American missionaries by Auca Indians a half-century ago, a story recounted by Elisabeth Elliot in Through Gates of Splendor (1996 revised edition). Saint, who was four years old at the time of the murders, adds to that familiarity with this account of his deep, familial bond with his father's assassin. Specifically, Saint debunks myths about the tribe. He explains that Auca, which means naked savage, is a derogatory name given to the tribe by outsiders, and that they are actually called the Waodani. While he does not...


Sands of Empire
Robert W. Merry
0743266676
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The president and publisher of Congressional Quarterly leads readers through two major tunnels of U.S. foreign policy, which he calls "the Idea of Progress" (aka "the End of History") and the "Cyclical View of History." "Progress" purports that Western liberal democracy is the best and final form of government. "Cyclic," on the other hand, emphasizes the importance of each individual civilization's culture combined with the innate irrationality of human nature, and says, à la Spengler, Toynbee and (more recently) Samuel P. Huntington, that any drive to impose one civilization's values upon another is likely to end in disaster. Elucidations of the latter philosophy, with which Merry sympathizes, are among the book's most passionate passages. Merry argues that the cyclical view is often and unwisely...


Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
Tracy Kidder
0812973011
August 2004
Paperback
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Review
“In this excellent work, Pulitzer Prize—winner Kidder immerses himself in and beautifully explores the rich drama that exists in the life of Dr. Paul Farmer…Throughout, Kidder captures the almost saintly effect Farmer has on those whom he treats.”
-Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“[A] Skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being.”
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A fine writer and his extraordinary subject: Tracy Kidder, in giving us Paul Farmer, lifts up an image of hope–and challenge–that the world urgently needs. Simply put, this is an important book.” -James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword

“The central character of this...


Breaking the Missional Code: When Churches Become Missionaries in Their Communities
Ed Stetzer, David Putman
0805443592
May 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Across North America, many pastors are excited to see churches growing as they achieve their mission to connect the message of the gospel with the community at large. Still others are equally frustrated, following the exact same model for outreach but with lesser results. Indeed, just because a "missional breakthrough" occurs in one place doesn’t mean it will happen the same way elsewhere.

One size does not fit all, but there are cultural codes that must be broken for all churches to grow and remain effective in their specific mission context. Breaking the Missional Code provides expert insight on church culture and church vision casting, plus case studies of successful missional churches impacting their communities.

"We have to recognize there are cultural barriers (in addition to...


The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
0060786507
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 2000: As any reader of The Mosquito Coast knows, men who drag their families to far-off climes in pursuit of an Idea seldom come to any good, while those familiar with At Play in the Fields of the Lord or Kalimantaan understand that the minute a missionary sets foot on the fictional stage, all hell is about to break loose. So when Barbara Kingsolver sends missionary Nathan Price along with his wife and four daughters off to Africa in The Poisonwood Bible, you can be sure that salvation is the one thing they're not likely to find. The year is 1959 and the place is the Belgian Congo. Nathan, a Baptist preacher, has come to spread the Word in a remote village reachable only by airplane. To say that he and his family are woefully unprepared would be an understatement: "We came from...


The Shaping of Things to Come
Michael Frost
1565636597
July 2003
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Youthwork Magazine, April 2004
"The only way forward is to ‘thoroughly contextualize the gospel within the culture/subcultures to which Christ has called us.’"

nextreformation.com, June 2004
"Passionate.. idealistic.. imaginative.. seminal.. incisive.. visionary.. these are some of the words that come to mind [about this book]."

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The Works of Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
1565630858
October 1, 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Widely recognized as a great theologian, an influential preacher and a prolific writer, Jonathan Edwards played a prominent role in helping to spark the spirit of revivalism known as the Great Awakening in the eighteenth-century America. Edwards' sermons, while intellectually engaging, were also accessible to the common people and often generated highly emotional responses. His foremost desire was to help people transform from mere believers in Christian doctrine to converted Christians who were moved to action by the principles of their belief.This two-volume collection of Edwards' works features important sermons of the Great Awakening as well as Edwards' memoirs and other essays. First published in 1834, here is what makes this new edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards the best available:More readable. This...

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