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How do you decide what books to read? Read a blog post by Ken Guenther on this topic.

Book reviews

  • A weekly book review (Book Look) on mission topics is provided by Missio Nexus for any members who have created a profile on the Missio Nexus website. These book reviews are provided courtesy of The Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and Evangelical Missions Quarterly.
  • Leader's Edge Book Summary. "Missio Nexus’ leadership thoughtfully summarize books, giving you the Leader’s Edge to help inform, stimulate and provoke profitable discussion. A monthly email includes a link to one book in each of three categories: Leadership, Mission/Ministry and Spiritual Formation."In addition to a 75-word summary, each edition of Leader’s Edge unpacks the best information including the best chapter, the best quotes, the best illustration, the best idea and the best take away.
  • Mary Lou's Reviews - a blog and book review service for people working cross-culturally. The purpose of this service is to provide weekly Christian resources for spiritual depth and intellectual vigor based on a different book each week. There is a sound bite to consider each week and a brief review that summarizes the book’s highlights. Books are chosen in the areas of global concerns, cross-cultural work, discipleship and spiritual formation. They are recent books, most published since 2008. The purpose of the service is to keep you current with literature in your field without having to read each book. The reviewer is Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson, a veteran of cross-cultural ministry and a professional both academically and practically in international teaching and mission outreach. She currently works with TEAM’s Lifelong Learning Center. If you are interested in being added to the weekly sound bite and review list, contact

Recommended Books

Church Planting

Cross-cultural Ministry

English as Second Language (ESL)




see books listed on the Leadership books page

Member Care

see books listed on Member Care page.


Missionary biographies

Muslim Ministry

  • A reading list compiled from the lists of two of our experienced workers for those preparing for Muslim ministries.
  • See also on Engaging Unreached.

Issues - Dealing with Poverty

  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.
    • review by Tim Baker (referenced by Warren in his Connecting Point newsletter)
    • Chosen as the 2010 Book of the Year in the mission category by David Mays of the Mission Exchange

Spiritual Life / Disciplines

Training Missionaries

Hardware / Software


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Wondering how you will get these good books to your country? Consider purchasing the Amazon Kindle, and reading your books on it. Not only are digital books significantly cheaper, the shipping costs are non-existent, and you can carry your books with you wherever you go.
But Amazon digital books can also be read on your computer (PC or Mac) or on your iPhone, Android Phone, IPad or Blackberry. These Kindle applications are all free!

Library management software

Free software to keep track of books you own, want to read or have read

  • Calibre is a great software program designed to manage all your e-books on your computer. Best of all, it is also free. It works great with the Kindle.
  • Goodreads - an online site that works well with Amazon and the Kindle