7) Great new resource for understanding TCKs

between worlds bookBetween Worlds, a new book about the joys and struggles of growing to adulthood as a Third Culture Kid (TCK), just came out. The author, Marilyn Gardner, grew up in Pakistan and went on to raise five of her own TCKs in Pakistan, Egypt, Massachusetts and Arizona. The book is poignant, funny, and thought-provoking. And the chapters are short and very readable. The book is available at Amazon:

It is also for sale in Australia, the UK, the EU and Brazil. To get a Brigada readers’ discount (only orders of five or more, please) email

2) Fantastic Mobilization Resource: “Don’t Waste Your Life” Group Study

don't waste your lifeWhen my son found a copy of the book, “Don’t Waste Your Life,” on a table at Fort Benning several years ago, it was a life-changing experience for him. He was processing out of the army having been hit by a career-ending knee injury. His lifelong dream was crashing in around him. In the middle of all the swirl of emotions, John Piper’s book was critical in helping him rebuild a dream — a dream that has him in the Middle East today, helping people rebuild their own dreams. That’s why I’m excited about the group study featured here…

In this newly designed kit, small groups and classes will be able to maximize John Piper’s biblical charge to make our lives count for eternity. Piper’s central thought is that millions waste their lives on seeking a kind of “fatal success,” all because they have not awakened to the simple, biblical reality that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” This valuable resource can assist churches, small groups, and teachers in reversing that empty trend.

The newly redesigned kit combines a group study edition based on John Piper’s best-selling book Don’t Waste Your Life, with a ten-session DVD featuring his teaching, plus a full-length study guide and leader materials. It contains everything a ministry or facilitator needs to stimulate discussion within a group and to convey Piper’s passion to make our lives count for eternity.

3) Maybe Scribid Isn’t Such a Great Option After All

piracyPart of the magic of Brigada is that we function with a kind of “collective consciousness.” It’s almost like we get to operate with the sum total memory of the entire Brigada family. So we’re glad, for example, when we publish news about an item like Scribid, that participants are willing to speak up. One friend wrote, “I was disappointed to see Brigada mention Scribid. They have been at the center of a copyright war on the Internet. In effect, users upload copyrighted pdfs. Scribd places ads on them and then gets payment so that users can download other people’s works that Scribd doesn’t have the rights to distribute. In other words, Scribd is essentially making money off pirated content. However, in the last couple of months they have tried to cooperate with some book publishers, but to date I don’t know of anyone who has gotten paid through their scheme. (Thanks Roland!) To learn more, check out this revealing article:

1) Understanding Adolescence

adolescentsFirst published by Victor Books, “Understanding Adolescence” has been updated and is available on-line. It is relevant to missionary parents, teachers, youth workers, and anyone else who works with teenagers. It is also helpful to missionaries serving in cultures that do not have adolescence as a stage of development. 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…

5) Free Chapter from “The COACH: Model for Christian Leaders”

1stchapterfreeCoaching is an amazing tool for increasing your ministry impact. Author, Keith Webb, writes of his struggle to achieve ministry results first as a missionary in Japan and later in Indonesia. What he needed was a new approach — not a program, but a Holy Spirit-driven way of evangelism, discipleship, and developing leaders. What he discovered has helped thousands of ministry leaders to multiply their ministry impact. Download the first chapter of his book “The COACH: Model for Christian Leaders,” free when you sign up for his ministry coaching newsletter. Go to:

3) Survival Chinese Lessons

survival chinese lessonsAre you headed to China on a missions trip, a vacation, to adopt a baby or live? Whatever your purpose, “Survival Chinese Lessons,” by Joann Pittman is a great place to start your Chinese language learning journey. It contains 15 short lessons assigned to give you just enough to function in very basic situations.

The lessons are brief, presenting only essential vocabulary and phrases, along with practice dialogues, learning tips, expansion activities, and easy-to-understand explanations. It also includes the complete Pinyin sound chart. The book comes with an mp3 CD that includes the sound chart, vocabulary, and practice dialogues.

The book can be purchased from Amazon:

1) New Book from GMI Might Help you Survive Cross-culturally

Ruth-Cover-Imager-bookWhether you are preparing to serve overseas for the first time or have been on the field for many years, you need resources that will help you to thrive in a cross-cultural setting. GMI has just released a new resource called Crossing Cultures with Ruth: Lessons on Thriving in Mission. It uses the biblical story of Ruth as a context to offer Kingdom workers encouragement and inspiration as they discern and work out God’s call in their lives. The book also provides practical insights that are based in James Nelson’s years of Fruitful Practice research into the best means and methods of missionary outreach. Some of the lessons include: Committing to and identifying those you serve, Crossing cultures boldly, Knowing how to remain on the field effectively, Ministering out of your life and your loss, Earning a reputation so that it can be spent, Trusting in the Master’s partnership and promises. Learn more at:

10) Are you interested in Third Culture Kids? Speak Portuguese?

portuguese bookThere is a brand new book on the market written by an experienced missionary mom and anthropologist. The book is in Portuguese and might be the first academic work on the subject in Portuguese. Lidiane wrote the book after living in different states in Brazil, four countries and finishing her master’s degree in anthropology. The book is now available at Amazon:ção-Identidade-Transnacional-ebook/dp/B00K1CJVRA/ref=la_B00K1KYVQI_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&quad=1398893963&sr=1-1

14) The BackPage: Your Take on This Missions Course

pathwaysThis past weekend, I worked at a conference that featured a bookstore with tons of resources. One of those was Meg Crossman’s “Pathways to Global Understanding.” In it, she details the Biblical, Historical, Strategic, and Cultural dimensions of God’s plan for the nations.” Her basic approach is to include articles from various authors, then pull them together in such a way that the reader can walk away with a fuller understanding of God’s heart. The illustrations and artwork are beautiful. The maps and charts help make it very compelling. It has a bunch of Case Studies in the back of the 500-page handbook.

You can read more here…

or on the Amazon site’s version:

Have you tried this course? Did it work for your church? How would you compare it to the Perspectives Course (Learn more about Perspectives here…

If you’ve taken the full “Pathway” course, would you share your take on it by clicking “Comment” following the web version of this item? Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts.

3) Where Does one Start to Read about Support-raising?

the god askThis past week, someone asked our support-raising coach, Wendy, where she would send them to learn more about support-raising. Keep in mind, she’s trained with support-raising coaches from all over the country. She’s helped literally hundreds of new missionaries get started on the support-raising trail. So what was her answer? Simple: “I highly recommend book, The God Ask, by Steve Shadrach. You will find it easy and useful!” Check out “The God Ask” here…

10) “Pilgrims of the Alley” Book Might Help You in Displacement –

pilgrimsbookDave Arnold is a writer living in Dearborn, Michigan. He has a website,

where he blogs. In his new book, “Pilgrims of the Alley: Living out Faith in Displacement,” he transitions through 3 sections: Disorientation, Blessing, and Homecoming. Using the metaphor of a pilgrim, he helps those who are “stuck” get “unstuck.” In short, he teaches those who are on a journey how to navigate a life of faith in the midst of uncertainty, chaos, and even darkness. You can order the book in Kindle or paperback at…

9) New Bonk Book Explores Families in Missions —

family missions bookJonathan Bonk’s new book, “Family Accountability in Missions: Korean and Western Case Studies (2013: Editor: Jonathan J. Bonk; Associate Editors: Dwight P. Baker, J. Nelson Jennings, Jin Bong Kim, and Steve Sang-Cheol Moon), contains case studies regarding the nurture, care, and education of children, as well as MK identity issues, marriage, culture and language, education, roles, finances, resilience, corruption, retirement, and transcultural kids. Get the English paperback here…

Korean speakers will want to start here for the Korean version:

(Thanks to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for sending a heads-up about this new book. Learn more about their work at

2) Learn What Recruits are Searching For on your Website? —

searching to serveGlobal Mapping has recently produced a book entitled, “Searching to Serve: Recruiting Kingdom Workers Online.” The book offers real-world intelligence about how agency websites are perceived and what potential missionaries are looking for when they visit. Order it print-on-demand or in Kindle format at…

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