Adult Mission Books – my favorites

Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns—Rich Stearns, President of World Vision USA, reveals his journey to become involved with relief and community development work and with God’s work on his heart. He gives great detail and personal openness about his own story and the stories of those he has met in developing countries. His second book is called Unfinished and an amazing global devotional called He Walks Among Us

Terrify No More by Gary Haugen, President of the International Justice Mission, writes about one particular planned raid in Cambodia to free some girls who are slaves in a brothel. You read actual stories of girls and an intense, true account of lives risked to save others.

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker—An incredibly witty, thoughtful, and honest account of a pastor’s wife whose heart became broken for the least of these, leading her and her husband to start a church plant that meets the needs of urban and global poor. Easy to connect with and unintimidating, but still inspiring. Another amazing book of hers is Seven.

Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren—Awesome account of Kay Warren (wife of Rick Warren who authored Purpose Driven Life and is pastor of Saddleback Church in California) and her journey of getting her heart broken into action for HIV/AIDS. Well written and honest. She has a newer book titled Say Yes to God, which is wonderful as well.

One Million Arrows by Julie Ferwerda—Wonderful perspective of seeing our children as our arrows into the world (Isaiah 49), and then goes on to inspire more youth ministry and adoption.

 Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardship by Craig L. Blomberg—Great scriptural engagement with God’s view of stewardship in a Christian’s life and tackling with some of the basics of how we are to live.

Serving with Eyes Wide Open by David A. Livermore—A wise introduction to short-term missions.

Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins – Extremely important read on racial injustice

Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton – A wise critique on how much of charity work is carried out and better alternatives for sustainable solutions

Another other great devotionals are For the Least of These edited by Laurie Delgatto!

Just Courage by Gary Haugen—President of IJM writes extraordinarily about being brave to stop horrible things in this world. My favorite part is the amazing stories at the end of the book. His first book was Good News about Injustice. He has a new one out, The Locust Effect.

Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis—Really wonderful explanation of God’s heart for the downcast and least of these. Well written with true, personal stories throughout. God reveals His heart for the orphan through the scriptures that Tom doesn’t allow us to escape from. Another great book by him is Red Letters.

Son of God is Dancing by Adrian Plass—Best, easiest read to explain how the AIDS epidemic got so bad in Africa. Gives personal stories so it is less easy to judge mass groups of people and see how the disease crept up and took lives like a thief. Also has a great deal of hope!

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado—In a way that only he can, Lucado inspires us to use our life in ways that really matter. He also wrote Live to Make a Difference.

Awake by Noel Brewer Yeatts—Important and impactful stories from around the world about caring for one person at a time.

Overrated by Eugene Cho—An challenge to stop talking about justice/mercy and start doing it.

He Walks Among Us by Richard and Renee Stears—An extraordinary devotional that brings the reader into the lives of the poor/oppressed, while reflecting on God’s work in our lives.

Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices by Julie Clawson—How do our everyday choices and purchases affect the world for God and love for God?

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn—These authors highlight some of the issues that plague oppressed and poor women globally through real stories, as well as reveal ways that they can be alleviated and empowered.

Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore—An inspiring account of how God allowed an ordinary soccer mom to be part of the beginning of the ONE campaign. Encouraging for us all. She also coauthored Refuse to Do Nothing and is working on another book.

A Thousand Sisters by Lisa Shannon—So hard to read, but important to not look away and to weep with the children and women in Congo who are still being used right now as weapons of war (through killings, rape, and mutilation).

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah—A boy recounts his real-life experience as a boy soldier in Sierra Leone. Gives real, personal insight into its horror. Well written.

Mission Minded Family by Ann Dunagan—Extraordinary ideas to include not just missions, but actual missionaries as heroes throughout. Encourages intentional parenting toward missions. Mission Minded Child is similar in style but full of loads of different resources and thoughts.

The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher—A great book explaining refugees in our country.

Not for Sale by David Batstone—Overview of human trafficking and what we can do to help.

Faith in Action BIBLE—Put out by World Vision, it has pictures, stats, and amazing study notes throughout so we can read our Bible and not miss God’s heart on every page!

Poverty and Justice BIBLE—Highlights God’s heart for justice and includes extra study. Supported by many major relief and justice organizations.

I am Najood, Age 10 and Divorced by Najood Ali—Given in marriage at age 10 (not uncommon in her area), Najood decides to break the norm and fight her way out of it. Heartbreaking and amazing.

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark—Katie Davis was 18 and fell in love with Uganda. She gave up college and all of the “comforts” and family of America to become the mom of 13 adopted girls and lead hundreds of kids to Christ and education through her ministry, Amazima. Insightful, educational, inspiring.

Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton—An important read for anyone doing justice, relief, inner-city and missions work.  It addresses how we help people without hurting them.  You’ll be surprised how necessary and convicting it is to read.

Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibigaza—She tells of 91 days she spent in a cramped bathroom hiding with seven other starving women during the Rwandan genocide.

Deepening the Soul for Justice by Bethany Hoang—An extraordinary read and devotional regarding gaining a heart for justice as well as the essential time with God in any compassion and justice work.

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