The following books have been a help and inspiration to me:
Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret –A biography of the “father of modern missions,” Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret poses the question: What empowered the China missionary’s ministry? The answer: a fierce trust in God’s promises. Hudson Taylor’s secret, it turns out, is available to any who call on Christ’s name. “There are not two Christs, an easygoing one for easygoing Christians, and a suffering, toiling one for exceptional believers,” Taylor said. “There is only one Christ. Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus to bear much fruit?”
Through Gates of Splendor is a 1957 best selling book written by Elisabeth Elliot. The book tells the story of Operation Auca, an attempt of five American missionaries – Jim Elliot (the author’s husband), Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian – to reach the Huaorani tribe of eastern Ecuador. All five of the men were killed by the tribe. The book is Elliot’s first book, and arguably her most well known work.
Peace Child Autobiography – 2005 – 4th Edition, 256 pp. Updated missionary classic, for a new generation, of Don Richardson’s gripping account and classic tale of treachery and redemption on the mission field. New last chapter updates readers about the Sawi people of Irian Jaya on the island of New Guinea. Recent media attention focused on this part of the world due to the Asian tsunami. More than 450,000 copies of PEACE CHILD have been sold, published in 28 languages.
Eternity in Their Hearts – 28 Case Histories – 1981 – 223p (includes author’s postscript). Old Testament Hebrew culture yielded abundant metaphors foreshadowing Jesus. So do Gentile cultures! Starting with the incredible story behind Paul’s discovery of that “altar to an unknown God” in Athens, we move to tribes that honored places of refuge and even a “scapeboat” instead of a “scapegoat.” Missionary use of such analogies helps awaken response to the Gospel.
Rees Howells Intecessor – How did the faith and prayers of a humble coal miner affect the course of World War II? Rees Howells was a man uniquely taught of God who found the key to prevailing prayer, became the channel of a mighty revival in Africa, was taught the principles of divine healing, and progressed even further in faith until world events were affected by his prayers.
Bruchko – Bruce Olsen – “What happens when a nineteen-year-old boy leaves home and heads into the jungles to evangelize a murderous tribe of South American Indians? For Bruce Olson it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness and torture. But what he discovered by trial and error has revolutionized the world of missions. This updated version of Bruchko includes the story of his 1988 kidnapping by communist guerrillas and the ten months of captivity that followed. Bruce Olson’s story will amaze you and remind you that simple faith in Christ can make anything possible.”
What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? – This book asks What’s right with our world? And how did it get that way? The answers may surprise you, intrigue you and inspire you. Hopefully they will change you as they have changed the world. In a day when may professing Christians appear blissfully unaware of their cultural mandate, the authors remind us that the Church is to bear the glory of God in every sphere of life.
The Vicar of Bagdad – “I live with a price on my head…The kind of people that I spend my time engaging with are not usually very nice. On the whole nice people do not cause wars.”
Andrew White is one of a tiny handful of people trusted by virtually every side in the complex Middle East. Political and military solutions are constantly put forward, and constantly fail. Andrew offers a different approach, speaking as a man of faith to men of faith. Compassionate and shrewd, gifted in human relationships, he has been deeply involved in the rebuilding of Iraq. http://frrme.org/product/the-vicar-of-baghdad/
In the Presence of my Enemies – Kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist group with ties to Osama bin Laden, the Burnhams were snatched away from friends and family and thrust into a life on the run in the Philippine jungle. During a perilous year in captivity, they faced near starvation, constant exhaustion, frequent gun battles, coldhearted murder—and intense soul-searching about a God who sometimes seemed to have forgotten them.
The issue…is not why an all-powerful God might choose to subject a man to evil, but how a man, with God’s help, responds to evil…The Burnhams, under torturous conditions, befriended their guards, comforted their fellow hostages and kept their faith in a God who seemed to have abandoned them. http://www.graciaburnham.org/index.asp?sec=2_1