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Review: The Gospel in Human Contexts

Hiebert, Paul. The Gospel in Human Contexts: Anthropological Explorations for Contemporary Missions. 2009. Reviewed by Evangeline Hester, Communications Assistant at CMS Australia   What is the gospel’s solution to post-modernism? If our own understanding of God is influenced by our own culture, how do we describe him to other cultures? What can we learn from […]

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Review: A Praying Life

A Praying Life, Paul Miller Written like a well-organised blog, A Praying Life takes an honest look at the difficulties of prayer, unanswered prayers and successes in prayer. Author Paul Miller invites readers to reflect on prayer as a relationship with God, and to focus less on the act of praying itself. Packed with practical […]

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Review: The Call: Finding and Fulfilling The Central Purpose of Your Life

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling The Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness Review by Chris Cooper, CMS-A Regional Mission Director For over 30 years I have admired Os Guinness’ clear writing and public discourse. In this book Guinness brings this clarity to the sometimes vague questions we ask about what God wants from us, richly […]

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Review: Guidance and the Voice of God

Guidance and the Voice of God by Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne Reviewed by CMS missionaries Adrian & Anita Lovell, Chile This book had the biggest impact on us as far as guidance goes (although not specific to mission). I (Adrian) found it incredibly liberating to know that as Christians we have a lot of freedom—”God’s […]

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Review: Shining Like Stars

Brown, Lindsay. Shining Like Stars: the power of the gospel in the world’s universities. IVP, 2007. Reviewed by Claire Livingstone, serving alongside her husband Andrew in Lausanne, Switzerland where they work with the GBEU among international students. Lindsay Brown’s short book invites you on a journey around the globe looking at student ministry, with inspiring […]

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Review: Families On the Move: Growing Up Overseas—And Loving It!

Families On The Move: Growing Up Overseas – And Loving It!, Marion Knell, Kregel Publications, 2001. Families On The Move is essential reading for missionary families preparing to settle into a new culture on location. CMS Development and Training Secretary David Williams summarises why this book is an effective introduction to the cross-cultural training missionaries […]

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Review: We are not the Hero: a Missionary’s Guide for Sharing Christ, not a Culture of Dependency

‘We are not the hero: a missionary’s guide for sharing Christ, not a culture of dependency,’ Jean Johnson, Deep River Books, Sisters, Oregon 2012. Review by former CMS Mission Personnel Secretary Peter Blowes ‘We are not the hero’ encourages mission practitioners and supporters to think before they act in cross-cultural contexts, so as to avoid […]

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Review: Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christ like Humility Duane Elmer (IVP Books; 2006) Reviewed by CMS missionary Roger Kay (serving in Ethiopia) Those involved in cross-cultural ministry are called to follow Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve. But serving with Christ-like humility is not always easy. Our attitudes and actions, […]

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