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About the Author

Lane is director of the Office of Intercultural Initiatives for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, based in Dallas. Experienced in working with more than twenty different language and culture groups, she regularly conducts seminars and workshops to help churches minister in multicultural settings.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; 5/16/02 edition (June 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830823468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830823468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been in a dozen intercultural classes in college and graduate level and I would recommend this book for anyone with cultural questions. There are practical questions at the end of each chapter that actually make the reader think and research in their own situation. There is a wide variety of examples used and the book serves as a helpful guide for intercultural interaction. It is easy to read and fun to see how I "should have" related and will in the future.
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I did not plan to like this book. It was assigned reading for a seminary course. I live and minister in a relatively culturally homogeneous community and church, so multiculturalism is not on the top of my list of priorities. Given that background, I only hoped to endure this book, thinking that it would be largely irrelevant.

Despite my sour attitude, I genuinely appreciated Lane's "A Beginner's Guide to Crossing Cultures." It truly is a beginner's guide, so those with prior experience or training in multicultural ministry may not be challenged. But she does a good job of making a case for the value of multicultural thinking, provides some helpful lenses to sort out six basic cultural differences (context, activity, authority, identity, time, and worldview), and offers practical advice on how to develop cross-cultural relationships and serve in a multicultural ministry environment.

I appreciated the anecdotes that she shared, which were extremely appropriate to the topic and helped provide context to understand concepts that might otherwise remain strictly hypothetical. She shared a number of engaging personal experiences. And though she clearly has a heart for multicultural ministry, she never made the critical mistake of assuming that culture is the only factor that matters for Christians living in this complex world.

As I'm still trying to figure out my role in developing a greater appreciation and understanding of other cultures to more effectively minister in an increasingly multicultural world, I was impressed with Lane's book. She offers a helpful place for folks like me to start. Her book is both visionary and practical, challenging and accessible. For anyone who would like to better understand the possibilities of multicultural ministry, I am happy to recommend this book.
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I am very impressed with Lane's book. I had to get it as a required text for one of my classes, which sometimes end up being REALLY awful books to read. However, I enjoyed reading the text and found it easy to come to class prepared to share in lectures along with what the book had to say. Since I am going into missions as a career, this definitely gave me insight to what to expect and how to navigate the cultural divide I may encounter. It was a very relevant book that didn't make me suffer to figure out what it meant. GREAT BOOK!
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This is a very practical guide to dealing with relational issues when crossing cultures. It also deals with misconceptions we may have about people who are different from us.
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This helped me understand my international student's needs. Very good. I have shared this boook with other teachers of ESL. They found it helpful as well.
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This is one of the best books out there to explain differing cultural values. I recommend it to anyone working cross-culturally, especially in the US.
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An eye opener! I never understood other cultures until I read Ms. Lane's book. I highly recommend this book!
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