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Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
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When I adopted this for the undergraduate course I offer for prospective teachers, I feared it might be too basic in its discussion of culture, or too peripheral to the concerns of future educators. All 26 of my students, however, rated it favorably this fall--several suggesting that in the future, I use it at the beginning of the course rather than the end. Strengths include memorable personal anecdotes, insightful discussion of selected passages of scripture, and an engaging style of narrative/exposition. An excellent resource for students and faculty to discuss prior to coursework or mission projects overseas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2011
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This was an amazing book! David Smith digs deep into cross-cultural relations and how they should be done and provides excellent insight into biblical wisdom as well. I had greatly enjoyed "The Gift of the Stranger" and was anticipating this book. It did not disappoint! A must for anyone involved in overseas NGO work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
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Very slow-moving and dull. The examples from scripture give a good message, but are very thin and stretch the actual meaning behind the passage for a different purpose.
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on May 4, 2012
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This text correctly and succinctly describes the necessity of becoming a learner of culture. It is only human to believe that your own culture is the best and should be the standard for all others. Learning for the Stranger helps us move beyond ethnocentrism to appreciate the "other".
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on January 28, 2014
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The book was not as good of quality as I thought it was going to be, but it is not bad. It is fair and useful. Thank you!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2011
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Excellent book about how to live as a Christian in our culturally diverse society. As the title suggests we Westerners can learn from the stranger.
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