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Honor and Shame: Unlocking the Door Paperback – March 28, 2001
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
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- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Paperback : 122 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0738843164
- ISBN-13 : 978-0738843162
- Publisher : Xlibris; 1st Edition (March 28, 2001)
- Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.28 x 8.4 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #457,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Muller begins by describing the three-fold effects of the Fall: guilt, shame, and fear; consequences that result in broken relationships--between humankind and God, and among people. He explains how the thinking and behavior of nations is guided by one of three mindsets: of law and guilt, fear and power, honor and shame. The bulk of the book is spent describing these three influences, focusing on honor and shame, and in explaining how to relate the Gospel message in a way that is meaningful.
A side-benefit of grasping the Middle-Eastern mindset is a better understanding of the biblical world, where matters of saving face take on huge importance...an alien concept to western thinking overall. And by understanding fear-power cultures, we better grasp the thinking of the pagan idolaters we encounter in the biblical record.
Much of Muller's observations focus on the Muslim world, of which he is most familiar, having lived in the Middle East for many years. As such, this book is especially valuable for anyone seeking to communicate cross-culturally with Muslims. However, Muller does not limit his observations to the Muslim world; he applies the honor-shame worldview to Asians and Native Americans and notes contrasts with western thinking.
Muller states that Arab societies function in a group-state of conflict and rivalry, driven to avoid shame and dominate others. Strife is the normal state of affairs, revenge is a means of removing shame, and peace is only for the Muslim. Domination of outsiders can be achieved by shaming them with the destruction of a symbol-target of the rival's dominance...and this was written prior to 9/11.
I am not overstating matters by saying this is an important book. When we encounter people from cultures other than our own, we may miss their worldview and motivations entirely and thus fail to communicate on any meaningful level. We may end up doing more harm than good. This is true, whether one is a missionary, a diplomat, a soldier assigned overseas, or simply a visitor to a foreign country.
I enjoyed the whole book. I read it in couple of hours and its an eye opening to how culture influences people and the way people think. Great tool!
As Westerners shaped by logic, philosophy, rhetoric and a theological system developed by lawyer/theologians, our views are based on guilty vs. not guilty. Our presentation of the Gospel thus is laid out in legal system terms- guilt, redemption, paying the price for iniquity, etc. However, the rest of the world thinks much differently: Asian and Middle Eastern societies tend to focus on shame and honor, African and many tribal cultures focus on fear.
The author then proceeds to demonstrate that God is not only concerned with humanity's guilt, but that salvation was meant to resolve our problems of guilt AND shame AND fear. A portion is dedicated to viewing the effects of the fall through the three cultural mindsets (sin brought guilt, shame and fear into the world), which is Biblically rooted. The book shows how Christ's death on the cross was meant to redeem mankind from their guilt, shame and fear and bring them into a correct relationship with God in each of these areas. Finally, special notes are made concerning how these truths relate to evangelism and missions. An excellent book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who knows a person from a different culture!
I have lent this book to a missionary friend who served in Japan, awaiting his assessment.
It also helped me understand a little better what happened in the Fall in Eden--the complexity of rebellion's consequences and how these may influence mankind down through the centuries.
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He also looks at how so often westeners explain the message of Jesus in legal terms, which fit well within a guilt based culture but are not readily understood by other cultures and he gives approaches to explaining this important message in terms that are readily understood in honour shame cultures. If I had a criticism of the book, it would be that this could be elaborated on.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand other cultures but especially for mission workers who are working cross-culturally. Rather pricey for the size of book so couldn't give the full 5 stars.