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 nations and 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
7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxes
7 Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxes
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex & Brett Harris
God Smuggler by Brother Andrew, John Sherrill, and Elizabeth Sherrill

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 Elliot by 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