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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader (Perspectives)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 782 pages
  • Publisher: William Carey Library (June 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878083901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878083909
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Pamer on November 24, 2009
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Perspectives is a great resource for anyone looking for information on missions, both local and foreign. It's a big thick book that is comprised of short little articles written by people that have first hand experience. It isn't written in such a way as to compel the reader to forgo sleep because of being totally engrossed yet one will be quite challenged to look at various aspects of reaching people with the Gospel. This should be in everyone's library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AnthroAg on March 4, 2011
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Hardly a textbook, this is essentially a missions anthology. The included selections venture through God's plan for the nations from the time of Abraham to the end of days. Each and every piece has been carefully selected and edited--if it's in the book, it's worth reading!

My only disappointment is that there's no listing of authors for easily finding articles.

Take a Perspectives course--You will never be the same!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mj on February 17, 2013
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The editors of this reader, Ralph Winter, the founder of US Center for World Mission and Steven Hawthorne Institute of International Studies, together with subeditors Darrel Dorr, Bruce Graham and Bruce Koch, have gathered a multifaceted collection of readings exploring the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic dimensions on world evangelization. This bulky volume contains more than 150 articles and case studies from mission scholars, thinkers and mission practitioners from around the world that represent clear Perspectives on the World Christian Movement so that the reader can plainly view mission praxis in myriad ways. This book is very comprehensive in nature and is very encouraging to mission lovers and those involved in cross-cultural ministry. It may not be a good academic reference for the growing field of missiology, but it is certainly helpful for those who are trying to understand how mission is operated in multiple cultures in global regions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Repentant Centurion on July 13, 2010
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Had to purchase for seminary class. Not a bad read and it has a wealth of information based on years of practical missionary work. While I didn't agree with everything in it, it is a resource I will keep for future study.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tryingtosavemoney on May 19, 2011
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Anyone who is involved in cross-cultural ministry needs to have this book. It is helpful in getting started with understanding multiple cultures and how they operate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jodie Vesely on December 26, 2012
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This book helped me to think through a lot of missionary strategy from different perspectives. It is the best book I have ever used for any missions class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jared Hageman on July 15, 2014
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This is a good book with some great articles. One tip for reading it though is that you should not read it cover to cover. Some of the articles are similar to the articles around them, so just pick and choose what looks interesting to you and don't try to tackle the whole book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike on May 17, 2015
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There is some really good historical information about missions in this book (and this course), but there is also some very deeply flawed information that comes from missionaries that have abandoned Christian orthodoxy. Because the ideology of many of the authors whose works are included in this book is so deeply flawed, I cannot recommend this course work (or the class that this book is used with).

In short, what a number of the authors of the material in this book believe is that one should never convert to Christianity, but rather they should come into God's kingdom through the religion of their birth i.e. if one is a Muslim, they should remain a Muslim, if one is a Christian, they should remain a Christian, if one is a Hindu, they should remain a Hindu, etc... In Islamic contexts, this often means that Muslim believers may continue to affirm the Qur’an as God’s inspired word, affirm Mohammad as a true prophet of God, and see Jesus as prophet of God who is only a man and not the Son of God. The book and course is designed to ease one down the path into accepting these ideas. This book soft sells these ideas but many of the authors of this coarse work go leaps and bounds farther in their ministries and writings. Some of the authors of the material in this coarse have been directly involved in bible translations that remove familial language to produce bibles that are less offensive to Muslims i.e. replacing phrases like "Son of God" with "God's representative" or "God's Messiah," replacing references to "Father" (when speaking of God) with terms like "Guardian."

Here are some direct quotes from the book itself:

A movement to Jesus among Muslims, Rick Brown:
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