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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031032596X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310325963
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Livermore (PhD, Michigan State University) is president and partner of the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan, and author of several books, including Leading with Cultural Intelligence and Serving with Eyes Wide Open. He is a visiting research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has consulted with and trained leaders in one hundred countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. www.davidlivermore.com

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David Livermore is a thought leader in cultural intelligence (CQ) and global leadership and the author of the new book, The Cultural Intelligence Difference. His book, Leading with Cultural Intelligence, was named a best-seller in business by The Washington Post. He's president and partner at the Cultural Intelligence Center (www.culturalq.com) in East Lansing, Michigan and a visiting research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Prior to leading the Cultural Intelligence Center, Dave spent 20 years in leadership positions with a variety of non-profit organizations around the world and taught in universities. He's a frequent speaker and adviser to leaders in Fortune 500′s, non-profits, and governments and has worked in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Dave loves to take research and make it accessible to practitioners. He has been interviewed and referenced by major news sources such as Atlantic Monthly, CBS News, The Christian Post, Christian Science Monitor, Christianity Today, The Economist, Forbes, NBC, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Dave averages 35 international speaking engagements annually, addressing an average of 7500 leaders over a year. He also serves on several non-profit boards.

Dave and his wife Linda have 2 teenage daughters, Emily and Grace. Some of their favorite activities are traveling (fortunately!), hiking, eating Asian food, and walking to the local ice cream shop, Jersey Junction near their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Visit www.davidlivermore.com and www.culturalq.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Opa Wayne VINE VOICE on April 15, 2011
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When hearing about crises in our world, many people ask "what can I do?" David Livermore answers this question in great detail in "What Can I Do."

Livermore explains that we are all in this world that God created and that we can share in resolving its problems. Poverty and inadequate health care, for example, exist throughout this world and our small individual effort can improve matters. Livermore believes that God intends for all of us to prosper and He invites each of us to help remove the barriers that prevent others from benefitting from creation's bounty.

First, Livermore details the problems. There are huge dilemma in this world that he discusses, many worsened by economic imbalance or prominent people who lust for power. He mentions crime, poverty, illiteracy, lack of access to healthy water and food, chronic diseases, and inadequate medical care. Usually when we hear about these difficulties, it is in news releases about people in foreign countries that lack our privileges and wealth. Often the only action mentioned is to send money. Livermore believes that there are significant actions we can each perform.

The author tells us that we each can make a difference. All too often we focus upon the entire puzzle, the world view, or distant cultures. He suggests that if we concentrate on small actions we can make a difference. Can I help with this one person? What slice of time can I devote to a solution? What little thing can I do?

Livermore provides his specific advice to business leaders, scientists, technologists, health care professionals, artists, and teachers. He also mentions how each of us can influence children - be role models, spread loving attitudes and bolster youthful confidence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Greene VINE VOICE on August 19, 2011
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Livermore's point is fairly simple-- all Christian's are doing mission work, and they're doing it all the time.

What makes the book valuable is that Livermore (who has done a wide range of the work traditionally viewed as mission work) manages to cut across the usual lines that mark this territory. He doesn't have a political axe to grind, and his mission concerns are not limited to the usual stock lists of Christians of any particular stripe. Just about any Christina will find words here that resonate along with words that challenge.

The book is thorough in the sense that Livermore addresses both the philosophical underpinnings of mission work (why do it, how to focus, what attitude to bring) and also the practical side (what, specifically, do I actually do). The specifics are largely aimed at professional people-- the book does come a little short on practical advice for blue collar folks.

The book is broken into three sections-- the big picture, the specific, personal small picture, and the call to action. The last in particular offers activities to help the reader find his/her own focus. In the end, Livermore's inspiring point is that we don't have to change our entire life to be missionaries (nor can we use that as an excuse). Instead, we can look for ways to make our current lives active mission work for God.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J from NY VINE VOICE on June 10, 2011
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David Livermore's "What Can I Do?" is a subtle raid on the complacency of most Christians living in the United States and abroad. With constant media reports of "Good Samaritans" walking right past dying homeless men and women on the street, Livermore does not use guilt or self righteousness to drive home his message: that our sense of powerlessness and helplessness before the world's starvation is false. We ourselves are the ones responsible for minimizing our expectations of what we can and cannot do.

The author offers his experience as a missionary in South Africa, China, and areas where one might not expect such terrible poverty to exist. He describes the ins and outs of the sex trade at home and abroad, yet his humility is what stands out as he describes his trials: he does not consider himself a remarkable or holier than thou individual, but a "global citizen", a concept offered repeatedly by people of many faiths but which we obviously have yet to grasp.

As he states very clearly: "individuals who understand global issues and see themselves as global citizens most often feel a need to give back to society and work for the rights of others." There is nothing in this tight, circumspect little book which hasn't been said before. But Livermore has a distinct writing style which allows for no mistaking as regards his message: if we believe in Jesus Christ, the risen son of God, there is no denying that each and every person is joined at the hip, and that our failure to look at the world--not just our community, though we can also make a difference there--makes our Christianity a bit provinicial.

Most importantly, he tackles our understandable sense of impotence regarding the world's poverty and horror. What can we do, indeed?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cody on May 23, 2011
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I highly recommend this book for any individual or group who is thinking through what Christian mission looks like in today's globalized world. Dr. Livermore writes that this book isn't just for pastors or missionaries. In fact, this book was written mostly for everyone else.

He begins with a snapshot of our "global village." If anyone is to have a global impact, it must begin with an accurate understanding of today's global realities. Growing up in America and spending almost all of my time here, it's easy to have a skewed perspective of what this world is really like, so I found this part really enlightening.

Next, he grounds Christian mission in a faithful theology. He walks the reader through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, showing that we were ultimately created for a place "where everyone enjoys." So if Christians find themselves in a place where some are suffering or being exploited, they are called (with the help of God) to bring healing and restoration to these places.

What I found so compelling about this picture of Christian mission is that this is something everyone can participate in (and everyone is meant to). And it's holistic. It touches the hearts of individuals who are then meant to extend their skills and resources to their communities and beyond.

This book contains story after story showing how this is being lived out. CEO's and artists. Teachers and scientists. All are able to channel their skills and experiences to fulfill Christian mission. I think it's a common misconception that "mission" automatically means "evangelism" or "missionary." It doesn't. And these stories show of amazing, yet practical ways some are fulfilling true Christian mission.

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