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Re Entry: Making The Transition From Missions To Life At Home Paperback – July 2, 2013
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Returning from an extended period in a foreign country can be a difficult experience. This book describes problems you can fall into, and how to avoid them.
It talks about how people fail to notice you've even been gone. Or don't seem to care that much what you did. When you understand these are common experiences, it helps those problems become a lot less personal.
Overall, we've applied the principles of this book, and haven't experienced most of the 'reverse culture shock' that many do. And we've been home nearly a year now, so we'll probably do okay.
Good book to give a returning, or retiring missionary, as a gift.
Returning home is such a challenge, and most of the issues one faces unfortunately are all to common. It is wonderful to read this book and realize you aren't alone, that people have the same experiences. Believe me, you aren't the only one!
For missionaries about to step into the field, the issues discussed here will alert you to the right questions to have in mind as you proceed into your new setting, even if you might not be able to answer them all at this point. Knowing ahead of time the potential areas in which the reality of the mission field might contrast with your life at home will help you process those differences and keep them in mind throughout your time away from your home country. You will also benefit from identifying those relationships which you should actively maintain with the people and institutions "back at home", preventing those from falling by the wayside as you get busy in your new context.
For missionaries already on the field, it is never too early to think about the changes that have already happened—to you and to your home country—and how they have affected you and your family. Being mindful of these will give you precious opportunities to avoid mistakes which might come back to haunt you down the line—and allow you to speak truth in love to your colleagues in the field who may have to leave for one reason or another.
For those who remain "at home", you will gain empathy and clarity regarding how to best receive the missionary families and individuals who are coming back to you. You will be able to adjust your expectations and communicate on a deeper level with returning missionaries.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helpful for those who live a life of serving. Should be part of every mission groups preparation packet.Published 4 months ago by shoppermom
Best little book on the market on reentry, which is more difficult than anyone can imagine who have never experienced it.Published 8 months ago by Dorris M. Schulz
Well done. Can help you think through the reality of coming homePublished 11 months ago by Chuck Leckie
An old book, but still timely and helpful -- both for those anticipating re-entry to home culture and those who will be receiving returning missionaries.Published 13 months ago by Ralph L McAuley
I didn't discover this book until after I had returned from my first stay in Africa and I wished I had it before I even went! My first thought when I read this was "Wow! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jean Dunlap
Excellent book for anyone re-patriating or for those in contact with them.Published 21 months ago by Sally B. Thompson
Great book with very helpful insight about the re-entry process. A must read for mission workers before their return from the mission field. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic! An absolute MUST for all missionaries. I've only gotten about half way through the book but have been able to completely relate to 99.9% of what I've read so far.Published 22 months ago by Mallory Nicodemus