Suggested Reading

Recommended Missional Reading

"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't."- John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad

As you plan for your mission trip, we believe books can be a valuable resource to help you think and prepare for what God is doing among the nationsand how he calls his followers to live missionally. We have listed some books below that may be helpful resources as you prepare to go on a mission trip, and they are divided into different categories. We hope that you will be encouraged and challenged by these readings.



For those of you who find this list overwhelming, our four starting-point recommendations are as follows:

Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper
When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer
Ten Who Changed the World by Danny Akin


Introduction to Missions
Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper
The Missionary Call by M. David Sills
Introduction to Global Missions by Zane Pratt, M. David Sills, Jeff K. Walters

Theology of Missions and Evangelism
Theology and Practice of Mission: God, The Church, and the Nations by Bruce Ashford
The Mission of God's People: A Biblical Theology of the Church's Mission by Christopher Wright
The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

World Religion
Breaking the Islam Code by J.D. Greear
The World's Religions by Huston Smith
Cross-Cultural Connections by Duane Elmer
A Wind in the House of Islam by David Garrison
Spiritual Warfare and Missions by Jerry Rankin and Ed Stetzer
The Great Omission by Steve Saint
Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan
God’s Double Agent by Bob Fu
Equipped for Adventure: A Practical Guide to Short-Term Mission Trips by Scott Kirby

Poverty and Global Issues
When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
The Poverty of Nations by Barry Asmus and Wayne Grudem
The Skeptic's Guide to Global Poverty by Dale Hanson Bourke
The Skeptic's Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis by Dale Hanson Bourke
Mission Africa: A Field Guide by Various Artists

Orphan Care
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
Orphanology by Tony Merida and Rick Morton
Too Small to Ignore by Wess Stafford

Missional Living
Radical by David Platt
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer
True Religion by Palmer Chinchen
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
Mother Teresa: No Greater Love by Mother Teresa

Missionary Biographies
Ten Who Changed the World by Danny Akin
Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey by Timothy George
Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China by Janet and Geoff Benge
Shadow Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliotby Elisabeth Elliot
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson
Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by Janet and Geoff Benge
Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit by Charles Swindoll
David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer by Janet and Geoff Benge
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
Short-Term Missions
Serving with Eyes Wide Open by David A. Livermore
Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot and Cold Climate Cultures by Sarah A. Lanier
Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission by Roger Peterson

International Church Planting
Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Church Planting by J.D. Payne
Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication by Craig Ott and Gene Wilson
A Vision of the Possible: Pioneer Church Planting in Teams by Daniel Sinclair