Missionaries Ought to Know about Books for Missionary Care
by Dr. Ronald Koteskey
download this as a pdf file
Recommended Reading, 2009
ever walked into a bookstore, even a Christian bookstore, and felt
overwhelmed? With about 24,000 new Christian books published yearly, it
is little wonder that most people are puzzled about what to read.
Although lists of recommended books appear in print from time to time, many
books are hard to locate unless you have access to an academic library or
interlibrary loan, or they are so expensive that a missionary can hardly afford
them. Here is a list of books that are available, reasonably priced, and
Criteria for including a book.
The following criteria were used to decide whether or not to include a book:
In Print. To be listed in
this brochure, it must be available.
Reasonably Priced. None of
the books included cost more than $25.
Complete Data. Price, ISBN
number, and complete publication data are included, so when friends ask what
you would like, any bookstore should be able to order the book.
Most of these books can be ordered on-line
at www.amazon.com and/or www.mti.org (check both for prices, including
shipping). They can also be ordered from MTI by mail, by fax, or by
General missionary care.
Psychology of Missionary Adjustment.
Marge Jones with E. Grant Jones, Logion Press, Springfield , MO , 1995 (ISBN
0-88243-321-0) $12.95; 11 chapters, 173 pages, bibliography, index.
Although useful for missionaries at any stage in life because it covers mental
health issues from a call to retirement, it is probably most useful to
relatively new missionaries. The author, a missionary for nearly four
decades, notes that the book was written to help missionaries persevere through
the second, third, fourth and even fifth terms.
Enhancing Missionary Vitality: Mental Health Professions
Serving Global Mission. John R.
Powell and Joyce M. Bowers. (Editors). Mission Training International, Palmer
Lake, CO, 2002 (ISBN 0-942726-03-0) $24.95, 56 chapters, 499 pages,
index. This book is written basically about North American missionaries
by people who attend the annual Conference on Mental Health &
Missions. Although written by and for mental health professionals, many
of the chapters are of interest to missionaries themselves.
The Family in Mission: Understanding and
Caring for Those Who Serve. Leslie A. Andrews, Mission Training
International (MTI), Palmer Lake, CO, 2004 (ISBN 0-942726-04-9) $24.95. 21
chapters, 23 contributors, 7 appendices, 390 pages. This is the final report
of the 15-year study by the MK-CART/CORE (Missionary Kid Consultation and
Research team, Committee on Research and Endowments). The major sections of
the book are educational context, adult missionary kids, and the missionary
Screams in the Desert: Hope and Humor for
Women in Cross-Cultural Ministry. Sue Eenigenburg. Willam Carey
Library, Pasadena, CA 2007. (ISBN 978-0-87808-517-0) $11.99; 52 chapters, 254
pages. Written by a woman who has been there, this book’s poignant accounts of
everyday experiences in another culture give hope to women who are there now.
Each chapter ends with scripture, questions, action, and prayer.
Frontline Women: Negotiating Crosscultural Issues in
Ministry. Marguerite G. Kraft (Ed.), William Carey
Library, Pasadena, CA, 2003 (ISBN 0-87808-356-1) $17.99; 12 chapters, 11
contributors, 225 pages. index. Written mostly by women for women, this
book covers many women’s issues including stress, roles, loneliness,
life-style, self-image, marginality and the demonic. As noted in the forward,
women need to read this book to be encouraged and men need to read it and wake
Care of MKs
Raising Global Nomads: P arenting in an On-Demand World.
Robin Pascoe, Expatriate Press, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2006 (ISBN
0-9686760-3-0) $24.95; 10 chapters, 230 pages, appendix. Written by the
mother of TCKS, this book is filled with personal experiences as well as much
practical advice on living in other cultures. Much has changed in our
world since 1993 when the author wrote her parents guide. This update
considers implications for TCKs growing up outside their passport culture in
this globalized, digitized, terrorized world.
Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up among Worlds.
David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken, Intercultural Press, Yarmouth, ME, 2001 (ISBN 1-877864-72-2) $19.95; 18 chapters, appendix, 333 pages. Written by
authors with many years of experience working with TCKs, this book not only
reveals what TCKs are like, but goes on to devote 7 chapters telling how to maximize
the benefits of being a TCK.
Fitted Pieces: A Guide for Parents Educating Children Overseas.
Janet R. Blomberg and David F. Brooks, Share Education Services, St. Clair
Shores, MI, 2001 (ISBN not available) $25.00, 8 Chapters, 667 Pages. With 84
articles (50 from Interact) appearing in the eight chapters, this is without
question the most comprehensive book available on the education of third
culture kids. It is a valuable resource for people considering the education of
their children overseas.
Raising Resilient MKs: Resources for
Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers. Joyce M. Bowers (Ed.), Association
of Christian Schools International, Colorado Springs, CO, 1998; 56 chapters, 38
contributors, 3 appendices, 510 pages. This book has been out of print, but
ACSI has made it available free of charge as an E-book at www.missionarycare.com/ebook.
Relationships with others
Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for
Personal Relationships. Sherwood G. Lingenfelter &
Marvin K. Mayers, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1986 (ISBN 0-8010-5632-2)
$13.99; 9 chapters, 125 pages. Two missionary-professors developed this
questionnaire/model that results in a personal profile on twelve basic values
that often result in disagreements between people, even people from the same
By Ones & by Twos: Building Successful
Relationships between Marrieds and Singles in Ministry. Jeannie
Lockerbie Stephenson. ABWE Publishing, Harrisburg, PA 2008 (ISBN
978-1-888796-42-1) $17.00; 11 chapters, 140 pages. Married since she wrote
earlier versions of this book, the author has revised and expanded it to
include content for single men and married couples that can help everyone to
live and work in harmony.
Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for
Effective Ministry. Duane Elmer, InterVaristy Press, Downers Grove, IL, 1994 (ISBN 0-8308-1657-7) $16.00; 12 chapters, bibliography, 189
pages. A missionary-professor contrasts handling conflicts the American
way with handling them in other cultures. This is useful for maintaining
relationships with missionaries from other cultures as well as nationals to
whom you are ministering.
Honourably Wounded: Stress among Christian Workers.
Marjorie Foyle, Evangelical Missions Information Service, Monarch Books, Grand Rapids MI, 2001 (ISBN 0-8254-6023-9) $13.99; 14 chapters, 288 pages. Written
by a missionary psychiatrist with a lifetime of missionary service in India, this book offers a broad overview of many topics gathered under the general topic of
stress. Written for practical self-help, this is the best general book to
buy if you can afford only one.
The Art of Coming Home. Craig Storti,
Intercultural Press, Yarmouth, ME’ 2002 (ISBN 1-877864-47-1) $22.95; 5
chapters, 203 pages. Written by a Peace Corps volunteer specializing in
cross-cultural adjustment and repatriation, this book includes sections for the
spouse and children as well as sections for exchange students, volunteers,
military, and missionaries.
Parents of Missionaries: How to Thrive and Stay
Connected When Your Children and Grandchildren Serve Cross-Culturally. Cheryl
Savageau and Diane Stortz, Authentic Publishing, Colorado Springs, CO 2008
(ISBN 978-1-934068-39-7) $16.99; 14 chapters, 289 pages. Written by a
counselor and a parent of a missionary, this book helps parents of missionaries
understand their own internal conflicts and gives practical suggestions to
sustain relationships with their children and grandchildren.
One final note. If people in your sending
country ask what they can do to care for you, suggest that they read Serving
as Senders: How to Care for Your Missionaries While They Are Preparing to Go,
While They Are on the Field, When They Return Home, Neal Pirolo, San Diego,
CA, 1991 (ISBN 1-880185-00-8) $7.95, 207 pages and/or The Reentry Team,
Neal Pirolo, Emmaus Road International: San Diego, CA, 2000 (ISBN
1-800185-07-5) $8.95; 10 chapters, 319 pages.