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  • Paperback: 782 pages
  • Publisher: William Carey Library Pub; 3rd edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878082891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878082896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you read with an open mind it will change your life as well.
MARK ALAN RICHARDSON
Even if you cannot take the Persp. course, it is worth it to read the book.
Marcusport
This book is a must for anyone interested in learning about missions.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hogan on January 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book completely blew my world view apart! It ended up propelling my family to the wilds of Outer Mongolia for three years during which time we planted a church movement among the Mongols - all by using principles learned thru Perspectives! A MUST READ FOR EVERY ONE WHO PROFESSES TO LOVE CHRIST!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By G. Gilbert on April 29, 2004
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I first bought this book as a required text for my seminary class "Intro to Global Missions," and I can honestly say that out of the many many books I've had to buy for my seminary career, this book remains as one of the single most important.
The book is broken into four major sections, labeled:
The Biblical Perspective
The Historical Perspective
The Cultural Perspective
The Strategic Perspective
Each of these then has dozens of articles written by authors such as Brother Andrew, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Greg Boyd, John Piper, John R. W. Stott, Hudson Taylor, and many other excellent authors.
Not to use a cliche, but you'll both laugh and cry as you read through this volume and read incredibly diverse accounts of the Christian experience around the world like you can in no other book I know of. This book definitly helped me break out of my very limited frame of reference, and really opened my eyes up to the state of the world...
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By MARK ALAN RICHARDSON on July 26, 2001
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Back in 1981 when this book was compilled at the US Center for World Missions. My class reviewed and help determine which articles would be in the final copy. This book changed my life. I went to India as a missionary and applied the information in this reader. Anyone who wants to truly understand missions and the World Christian movement this book is a MUST. If you read with an open mind it will change your life as well.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Alethia on July 7, 2005
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Jack Eller, "Anthropologist, Author, Rationalist," seems to have forgotten some major points in his argument about this book. First, although he correctly points out that the book does an excellent job about doing what it's designed to do - that is sharing about what's going on in the Christian missional realm - he argues that Christianity ought not to be spread at all, and that the whole book is just wrong. He says that "[from] a cross-cultural and anthropological point of view ... [i]t is arrogant, ethnocentric, and culturally destructive to spread a culturally-relative and almost certainly false ideology and belief system where it is not needed or wanted." That's all well and good, but since the book isn't about SHOULD people be missionaries or not, his review is instantly irrelevant. Any review of a book that rants about what the subject matter of the book is not is really not even a true book review - Jack should realize this if he's truly a writer.

Second, being a self proclaimed Rationalist, Jack ought to realize that his own "rational" worldview is also a religion, religion defined as 'a set of beliefs.' This book is most assuredly about the Christian Missionary Experiences of many people across the globe - not an exhaustive apologetic of the Christian faith. If Jack really believes that no one ought to push their beliefs, he should have never published his review in the first place.

Third, people like Jack who tend to think of "Christianity" in terms of "people who do things that I don't like or agree with, and they're always pushing pushing pushing their beliefs on me and others" should take the time to check out some of the many positive things that Christians have done throughout the world. One example is hospitals: both in the US and abroad.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marcusport on February 2, 2006
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This book opens your eyes to the theology, history and strategy of missions. It will help you to understand the Bible and your place in this world like never before. You will understand WHY Jesus is the ONLY "way, truth, and life". You will be excited to work and pray to see people brought out of bondage and suffering, and into a life that glorifies God and offers peace, hope, and healing. Be warned - the book changes lives! Even if you cannot take the Persp. course, it is worth it to read the book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lindgren on March 18, 2006
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This is a book about the theology, history, and strategy for succcessful missions. It includes case studies and many practical advices. The authors are many and good. The book almost is a must if you are going to be a missianary or want to support missions in an effective way. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on November 14, 2009
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This book comes "free" with your paid tuition to "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" course... check [...] to sign up for a class. Take the class, get the book, and understand God's real plan for you, for the nations, and for all Christians.
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