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A Beginner's Guide to Crossing Cultures

Making Friends in a Multi-cultural World
 By: Patty Lane

Good, practical guidance even for those who live, minister, and work in a multi-cultural world.

InterVarsity Presss, Downers Grove, IL, 2002
ISBN: 0-8308-2346-8 (SC)

Lead Like Jesus
 By: Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges

A blend of Blanchard's well know leadership experience and the leadership principles practiced by Jesus and shown in the Bible.

Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN 2005
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1420-1 (SC)

Simply Christian
Why Christianity Makes Sense
 By: N. T. Wright

A thoughtful presentation on why Christianty is a reasonable faith. One reviewer likened it to C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity.

A prayer from the closing chapter of the book: "Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: Give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Harper Collins, New York, NY 2006
ISBN: 978-0-06-192062-2 (HC)

The 5 Secrets to Becoming a Leader
Words of Wisdom for Every Leader's Journey
 By: Alan Nelson & Stan Toler

Another easy to grasp, practical book on being a leader. Chapter titles are: The Leader's Mentor, The Leader's Mind, The Leader's Motivation, The Leader's Method, The Leader's Model, The Leader's Mission, and, The Leader's Message.

Regal, Ventura, CA, 2002
ISBN: 0-8307-2915-1 (SC)

The People Principal
Transforming Laypersons into Leaders
 By: Stan Toler

From the book: "Where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches or pounds, or college degrees, or family backgrounds. They are measured by the size of their thinking. How big we think determines the size of our accomplishments."

Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, MO, 1997
ISBN: 0-8341-1664-2 (SC)

The Prodigal God
Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
 By: Timothy Keller

An encouraging book on the familiar parable in Luke 15; a reminder of how the church is meant to live.

Dutton - Penguin Group, New York, NY 2008
ISBN- 978-0-525-95079-0 (HC)

The Return of the Prodigal Son
 By: Henri J. M. Nouwen

If you like Nouwen (and can walk around his occassionally expressed Roman Catholic beliefs) this is an insightful book on the parable of the prodigal son. Nouwen often sees profound truth in what we often quickly pass by. 

Why It's Hard to Love Jesus
 By: Joseph Stowell

Counsel on moving beyond empty ritual to a dynamic relationship with Jesus.

Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 2003
ISBN: 0-8024-1092-8 (SC)

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