Each month we highlight two books for those interested in mobilizing missionaries to the field and helping them thrive while living overseas. Check back to this page often for more recommendations.


 

Daniel Generation: Godly Leadership in an Ungodly Culture, by Jolene Cassellius Erlacher

As Millennials and Generation Z (b. 1980-2012) begin taking leadership roles in our churches, communities, and organizations, they face unique challenges. A cultural context influenced by moral relativism, technology, and globalization requires leadership that remains faithful to biblical practices while creating and implementing new strategies. Like Daniel, who found himself in Nebuchadnezzar's palace, a place foreign to his leaders and mentors in Jerusalem, young leaders today find themselves leading in an environment very different than that experienced by their parents and teachers. Lessons from Daniel's life provide valuable insight for godly leaders of all ages as we navigate the leadership challenges of our day and prepare those who will lead in the future.




Created for Connection: The "Hold Me Tight" Guide for Christian Couples, by Dr. Sue Johnson and Kenneth Sanderfer

"Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. For God is love." - John 4:7

Are you looking to enrich a healthy relationship, revitalize a tired one, or rescue one gone awry? Do you yearn to grow closer to God, and to further incorporate Him and His teachings into your marriage? We all want a lifetime of love, support, and faith. But sometimes we need a little help.

Enter Dr. Sue Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and "the best couple therapist in the world," according to bestselling relationship expert Dr. John Gottman. In CREATED FOR CONNECTION, Dr. Johnson and Kenneth Sanderfer, a leading EFT practitioner in the Christian community, share Johnson's groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships not only between partners, but between us and God.

The message of CREATED FOR CONNECTION is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, or making grand romantic gestures. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship by recognizing that you are attached to and dependent on your partner in much the same way that a child is on a parent, and we are on the Heavenly Father, for nurturing, soothing, and protection. The way to enhance or save our relationships with each other and with God is to be open, attuned, responsive, and to reestablish safe emotional connection. Filled with Bible verses, inspiring real-life stories, and guidance, CREATED FOR CONNECTION will ensure a lifetime of love.


Previous books we’ve recommended:

Mobilization
Commission To Every Nation: How People Just Like You Are Blessing The Nations by Richard Malm
Millennials and Mission: A Generation Faces a Global Challenge by Jim & Judy Raymo
Senders: How your Church can Identify, Train and Deploy Missionaries by Paul Segar
When Missions Shapes the Mission: You and Your Church Can Reach the World by David Horner
Is God Calling Me to Missions?: 10 Questions to Help Determine Your Calling by Caleb Suko
Across the Street and Around the World by Jeannie Marie
The Missions Minded Family by Ann Dunagan
It’s Your Call: To A Missional or Missionary Life by David P. Jacob
Mission in Motion: Speaking Frankly of Mobilization by Jay Matenga & Malcom Gold
When Everything is Missions by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison
Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization by David and Lorene Wilson, eds.

Retention
The Missionary Family: Witness, Concerns, Care edited by Dwight P Baker & Robert J. Priest
Doing member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices from Around the World by Kelly O’Donnell
Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker by Elizabeth & Jonathan Trotter
Spiritual Equipping for Mission: Thriving as God’s Message Bearers by Ryan Shaw
Help Your Missionaries Thrive: Leadership Practices that Make a Difference by Ken Harder and Carla Foote
Zeal without Burnout by Christopher Ash
Sojourner’s Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally by Connie Befus
Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care by David Wilson
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
Leave a Legacy: Increasing Missionary Longevity by Russ Turney
The Mind of a Missionary by David Joannes