Reading List for Missionaries

(recommended by Lois Bushong, MS, LMFT, FMWM Consulting Counselor in coordination with FMWM personnel)

Transition for Children
Let’s Move Together by Carol M. Schubeck, SuitCase Press, 2000 (ages 4-8)
Let’s Move Overseas: The International Edition of Let’s Make a Move by Beverly Roman, BR Anchor Publishing, 1999 (ages 9-12)
When Abroad-Do as the Local Children Do: Ori’s Guide for Young Expats by Hilly van Swol-Ulbrich & Bettina Kaltenhauser, Cyan Communications, 2002 (ages 9-12)

Growing Up as a Third-Culture Kid
Letters Never Sent: One Woman’s Journey from Hurt to Wholeness by Ruth Van Reken, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 1988
Home Keeps Moving by Heidi Sand-Hart, McDougal Publishing 2010
Families on the Move: Growing up Overseas and Loving It by Marion Knell, Monarch Books, 2001
Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress by Mary Edwards Wertsch, Brightwell Publishing, 2006
Missionary Kids (MKs): Who they are, Why they are who they are, and What now? by Rosalea Cameron, Cypress Trust, 2006
My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende, HarperCollins Publishers, 2003
Notes from a Traveling Childhood: Readings for Internationally Mobile Parents and Children by Karen Curnow McCluskey, Foreign Service Youth Foundation, 1994
Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World by Robin Pascoe, Barbara Schaetti & Lois Bushong, Expatriate Press Limited, 2006
Strangers at Home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming “Home” to a Strange Land by Carolyn D. Smith, Aletheia,1996
The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition by Tina L. Quick, Summertime Publishing, 2010
The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls and the Search for Home by Pico Iyer, Vintage, 2001
Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock & Ruth E. Van Reken, Nicholas Brealey Publishing (revised edition), 2009
Understanding American Schools: The Answers to Newcomers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions by Anne P. Copeland & Georgia Bennett, The Interchange Institute, 2001
Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global by Faith Eidse & Nina Sichel, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2003

Good International Stories
A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel by Khaled Hosseini, 2007
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez, 1991
In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez, 2001
Spanish Lessons: Beginning a New Life in Spain by Derek Lambert, 2000
The Happy Room: A Novel by Catherine Palmer, 2002
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, 2003

Intercultural Communication
American Ways: A Guide for Foreigners in the United States by Gary Althen, 1988
Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication by Milton J. Bennett, 1998
Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls by Dugan Romano, 2001
Latino Culture: A Dynamic Force in the Changing American Workplace by Nilda Chong & Francia Baez, 2005
Mexicans & Americans: Cracking the Cultural Code by Ned Crouch, 2004

Member Care for Missionaries
Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices from Around the World by Kelly O’Donnell, 2002
Enhancing Missionary Vitality: Mental Health Professions Serving Global Mission by John R. Powell & Joyce M. Bowers, 2002
Global Member Care Volume 1: The Pearls and Perils of Good Practice by Kelly O’Donnell, William Carey Library 2011
Global Mission Handbook: A Guide For Cross-Cultural Service by Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor, InterVarsity Press 1999
Honourably Wounded by Marjory Foyle, Monarch Books 2001
Member Care for Missionaries: A Practical Guide for Senders by Marina Prins and Braam Willemse, published by Member Care Southern Africa, 2002
Psychology of Missionary Adjustment by Marge Jones, 1995
The Family in Mission: Understanding and Caring for Those Who Serve by Leslie Andrews, 2004
Too Valuable to Lose: Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition by William D Taylor, 1997
Worth Keeping: Global Perspectives on Best Practice in Missionary Retention by Rob Hay, Valerie Lim, Detlef Blacher, Jaap Ketelaar and Sarah Hay, 2007

A Moveable Marriage: Relocate Your Relationship Without Breaking It by Robin Pascoe, 2003
Forced to Fly: Your Handbook for an Effective and Happy Life on the Move by Joanna Parfitt, 1998
Homeward Bound: A Spouse’s Guide to Repatriation by Robin Pascoe, 2000
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges, 2003
The Art of Crossing Cultures (Second Edition) by Craig Storti, Intercultural Press, 2001

World Vision Security Manual: Safety Awareness for Aid Workers by Charles Rogers and Brian Systma, World Vision, 1999

Required Reading for FMWM Extended-Term Missionary Candidates
(basic list – others may be added depending on your specific situation and projected role on the mission field)
Your Treasure Hunt to the Nations by Mark Stebbins
Global Mission Handbook by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support by William P. Dillon

Required Courses for FMWM Extended-Term Missionary Candidates
(basic list – others may be added depending on your specific situation and projected role on the mission field)
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (certificate level is acceptable)
Free Methodist History and Polity (also called Introduction to Free Methodism)
Introduction to Christian Doctrine
Wesleyan Theology
How to Study the Bible (also called Inductive Bible Study)