Recommended Books



HOW-TO: getting specific & practical

  • A Vision of the Possible: Pioneer Church Planting in Teams – Daniel Sinclair
  • Planting Churches in Muslim Cities: A Team Approach – Greg Livingstone
  • Lambs Dancing with Wolves: A manual for Christian workers overseas – Michael Griffiths
  • The Whole World Guide to Language Learning – Terry Marshall
  • Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road – Paul-Gordon Chandler (also a biography of Mazhar Mallouhi, Sufi Muslim follower of Christ)
  • From Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful Practices, and Emerging Issues Among Muslims – J. Dudley Woodberry
  • Demolishing Strongholds: Effective strategies for spiritual warfare– David Devenish
  • Through Her Eyes: Perspectives on Life from Christian Women Serving in the Muslim World – Marti Smith
  • Miniskirts, Mothers & Muslims – Christine Mallouhi (on women living honorably in Muslim cultures)
  • Third Culture Kids: Growing up among worlds – David Pollock & Ruth Van Reken
  • Raising Global Nomads: Parenting abroad in an on-demand world– Robin Pascoe
  • Serving as Senders – Neal Pirolo
  • Foreign to Familiar – Sarah Lanier



  • Peace Child – Don Richardson (New Guinea)
  • Evidence Not Seen – Darlene Deibler Rose (New Guinea)
  • Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth Elliot (Ecuador)
  • More to be Desired than Gold: a collection of true stories told by Christy Wilson – Christy Wilson (Afghanistan)
  • Chasing the Dragon: One Woman’s Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong’s Drug Dens – Jackie Pullinger
  • Tales of Persia – William McElwee Miller (Iran)
  • A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael – Elisabeth Elliot (India)
  • There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub – Brian Hogan (Mongolia)
  • Bruchko – Bruce Olson (Colombia & Venezuela) 



(Note: some of the books listed below are biographical, others are works of fiction. Some may contain intense themes.)

  • Baghdad without a Map (and other misadventures in Arabia) – Tony Horwitz (Middle East)
  • Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (Pakistan/Afghanistan)
  • A Year in Provence – Peter Mayle (France)
  • The Chosen – Chaim Potok (Orthodox Jewish culture in America)
  • Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner (homeless culture)

Have we missed some outstanding books on cross-cultural topics? I’m sure! Leave us a comment with your recommendations below and help us build the booklist.