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11) Don’t Worry; Be Hopeful

The new book by John K. Wine is now available worldwide in all e-reader formats as well as pdf and plain text formats. “Don’t Worry; Be Hopeful” is a daily devotional with a global message and is full of powerful spiritual truths that will forever change your quality of life. It is not just a one-time read but will be a constant companion and is a great tool for missionaries in helping to fulfill The Great Commission. It’s available for instant download (and a free preview sample) in whatever format you need for virtually any e-reader or desktop/laptop computer from Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords. Direct links are available at

http://www.dontworrybehopeful.org

2) Missionary Marriage Issues: Free Download

Marriage is complicated enough! Then when you add a cross-cultural living situation and a cross-cultural ministry, things begin to get really confusing. The nineteen chapters in “Missionary Marriage Issues” will help you navigate your way through the confusion. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…

http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm#marriage

3) Cool Tools: The Right Bible

True “Cool Tools” are not all about dazzle and glitz. A true Cool Tool could be as simple as finding the best Bible for you, personally, to carry. And so, on that cue, we proceed to our first Cool Tool item. When I travel, I carry the thinnest Bible I can find that has print that is easily readable for my own eyes, while teaching in a dark environment. In other words, there are thinner Bibles, but my eyes (which are 55 years old) do require just a TAD “beefier” print than they did when I was 25 (even with the multi-focal contacts that I wear). Still, my slightly-stepped-up-font Old and New Testament is no more than 1 inch thick. Sure, I have a Bible on my phone and the Bible is never far away when there’s internet. But I still believe it’s important to have a printed Bible too. For one thing, what if the power goes out for an entire day and I exhaust the batteries on both my laptop and phone? But beyond that, I’m convinced that in some contexts, it still just looks too… WEIRD to teach using a phone or laptop Bible. (After all, people might think I’m up there texting or emailing someone.) Do you disagree? If so, please say so in the comments below.

But what about the other times, when you CAN read the Bible on your phone or tablet? Which Bible program do you like most as your iPhone, iPad or Android device? Zondervan is currently running a special: They’ll give you the NIV version for free — but only until January 20th. Search the app store for “Bible Gateway.” (Be careful, because a non-Zondervan, non-Bible Gateway scoundrel or two have conspired to confuse you. Make sure you see Zondervan’s logo.) Free. So if price is the primary factor, I don’t think the Bible Gateway app can be beaten. But if you have a few dollars from your Christmas stocking, maybe there’s a better app out there “for pay.” I’ve been a long-time big fan of the Bible+ app from Olive Tree. What’s your own favorite?

If you’re looking for an app for your PC, many have steered me toward

http://www.logos.com/brigada

What’s your own favorite?

7) Never Do Fundraising Again, by Gaylyn Williams & Ken Williams

That’s the title of a new book by Gaylyn Williams and her father, Ken Williams, Ph.D. The book asks readers to make a mental paradigm shift, resulting in a major shift in action steps, in which donors would transition from being just donors to being lifelong partners. It contains over 200 pages of proven strategies and skills for building and maintaining your support. It is filled with helpful stories from the author’s lives and others who are using the principles based on Christian scripture. Each chapter has questions to ponder, challenging core beliefs about fundraising, and a section called, “What can I do today?,” offering practical suggestions to implement immediately. Learn more at…

http://www.rrbooks.org/ndfa

8) New Book, “An Adventure in Missions” is a Practical Guide

Stanley Foster’s new little book, “An Adventure in Missions” is indeed a “Practical Guide to Missions.” The book starts as though it will become a collection of stories from the author’s life. But before we know it, he’s transforming these stories into helpful, practical, every-day tips in categories such as “Things I’ve learned,” “Your Call,” “Evaluating your call,” A Plan to help you get started, and “About Cultural Sensitivity.” It’s clear that the author has lived out what he’s articulating. He not only describes broad strokes, he also zooms in with remarkably finite approaches. Worth the read. Learn more from WestBowPress.com, where it is priced at $11.95…

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=an+adventure+in+missions

6) Never Do Fundraising Again

That’s the title of a book referred to me recently by Kelly O’Donnell and Michèle Lewis O’Donnell. The book, by Gaylyn Williams, asks readers to make a mental paradigm shift, resulting in a major shift in action steps, in which donors would transition from being just donors to being lifelong partners. It contains over 200 pages of proven strategies and skills for building and maintaining your support. It is filled with helpful stories from the author’s lives and others who are using the principles based on Christian scripture. Each chapter has questions to ponder, challenging core beliefs about fundraising, and a section called, “What can I do today?,” offering practical suggestions to implement immediately. Learn more at…

http://www.rrbooks.org/ndfa

3) ILS Int’l Releases “Countries and Peoples of the World”

Think of it as a digital library for leaders with a global vision. Find the details at…

http://worldchristian.com/productdetails.php?product_id=33534

or get the whole fact sheet at…

http://worldchristian.com/download.php?id=204

With over 56,000 pages of information, you’ll find info on ministry strategies, poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS, urbanization, sustainable development, literacy, world faiths, minorities, persecution, orality, the least reached, and much more. This library also includes the beginning of a Global Digital Atlas with over 160 high-resolution color maps. There’s even a mini-course to promote global awareness. This tool would also be great for a worker without fast internet, because it contains information on thousands of unreached peoples (the type you’d perhaps normally seek online). Either way, it’s a treasure chest worth grabbing.

11) New Book about Sharing Christ, Not Dependency

Jean Johnson’s new book, “We Are Not The Hero: A Missionary’s Guide to Sharing Christ, Not A Culture of Dependency,” attempts to help us make sense out of the confusing and sometimes frustrating mixture of culture, politics, and all things foreign. Bringing a strong background in pioneer church-planting from Southeast Asia, she primes the pump for thoughts about church sustainability and multiplication cross-culturally. George Patterson wrote, “Had I read this before going to the field, I’d have avoided serious and painful cultural errors.” Learn more about the book at…

http://www.wearenotthehero.com/

 

3) Free Book from Desiring God about Reaching Unreached Peoples

Finish the Mission

Finish the Mission

Hats off to John Piper and Desiring God ministries for their willingness to give away such a great book as “Finish the Mission,” available at

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/finish-the-mission

With authors like Louie Giglio, David Platt, and John Piper himself, we should have known it would be a winner. But then, of all things, they decide to give it away! I’m thinking — let’s make this a required book for all new Christians. :-) Seriously… please get it today. (And thanks to Kevin for suggesting it.)

5) New Book: Strangers Next Door

Strangers...

Strangers…

J.D. Payne’s new book, “Strangers Next Door,” dives directly into the deep waters of Immigration, Migration and Mission. Payne has the radical role of pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. (Before that, he was professor of evangelism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary right here in Louisville.) In his book, he challenges Westerners to reach one of the world’s most important (and overlooked) mission fields: the tidal wave of migrants washing into our own backyards. Find it at Amazon…

http://www.amazon.com/Strangers-Next-Door-Immigration-Migration/dp/0830857583

7) Mobile Ministry Made Easy: A Simple Guide to Begin or Advance Your Use of Mobiles

Mobile Ministry Book

Mobile Ministry Book

This free new 40-page ebook is written with the missions community and Majority World in mind (and I think there might have been a typo in the earlier release of this link, which made it impossible for you to download the book. Please forgive.). It gives useful practical advice, ideas and case studies, and illuminates the vital role that mobile phones can play in extending ministry:

http://ieday.net/mory

(Thanks again, Tony — and thanks for the corrected link, too.)

1) Sharing Your Faith with Muslim Friends: Camel Method Makes Sense

Camel Workshop and book

Camel Workshop and book

This past week, I attended a conference about sharing the Good News of Jesus, the Messiah, with our Muslim friends. I’m not saying I was disappointed, but I will say that it left me interested in finding a more tangible approach. And I wondered if others had wondered the same thing. I remembered hearing, a few years back, about an approach that had proven extremely successful in real-live situations. I did some research, ordered a copy for myself, and — I’ve got to say — it seems extremely impressive. “The Camel Workshop DVD” and the companion book, “The Camel Rider’s Journal,” are edited by David Garrison. I also ordered the book that goes along with the workshop, “The Camel: How Muslims are Coming to Faith in Christ,” by Kevin Greeson. I’m looking forward to doing this as a lunch book study in our office — and I’m determined to memorize all the steps. I’ll keep you informed along the way but, on the surface, so far, this seems like the best thing going if you’d like a plan or tangible outline. Am I the only one who wondered, “What do I say to stay on track without offending my Muslim friend?” Can’t wait to learn it through and through. Learn more at…

http://www.camelmethod.com

2) Get an Advanced Copy of Any3 Witnessing Tool

Any3 is a reproducible, highly effective model for witnessing in contexts hostile to Christianity. Originally developed by a team working with Muslims, it has been tested and refined in many contexts and become a standard part of the Training for Trainers (T4T) approach to launching Church Planting Movements. A full book on Any3 is just going to press for availability in early December, with a limited quantity from this printing available “at cost” ($5 plus shipping) to those who like promoting such books. To request a copy, email

RobbydotButlerattheMissionNetworkdotorg with a brief description of your “sphere of influence,” and how you would promote the book if you like it.

2) “Novel” Training in Multiplying Churches

George Patterson’s personal experience with the “Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches” inspired the PSP lesson of same title. Now George has produced “Come Quickly Dawn,” a novel/training manual that illustrates and teaches how to apply these principles in your local context. Buy 3 or more copies at 40% discount from

http://missionbooks.org/williamcareylibrary/product.php?productid=744&cat=0&page=1

to start your own discussion group.

3) “Final Assault” Novels to Multiply Vision for Unengaged Peoples

If you snagged the one-volume draft offered free on Amazon last April, you’ll be glad to know that “Final Assault” has now been heavily revised into a polished two-part series. And Steve Smith, author of “T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution,” would welcome your help with the final refinements to “Final Assault.” Here’s the plot: Amidst growing spiritual and political efforts to suppress Biblical Christianity, a young pastor becomes gripped with the potential to start a multiplying discipleship movement among every people group in our day, then lights a fire which others follow. PSP is featured as a factor in the movement’s beginning. To request your free copy and offer feedback before the book is finalized, email TheFinalAssaultatgmaildotcom and indicate which you prefer: PDF, Word or Print.

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