Books to Read


CRWRF recommends these reads to increase your knowledge and awareness in concerns regarding development, aid and the complications that arise from these activities.



The Bite of the Mango
By Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland

Young Adults novel
Genre: Autobiography, Memoir
Themes: Resilience
Children in War, Self-Esteem, Physical Disabilities, Family, Heritage: Faith, Hope, Superstition, and the Power of Dreams
Injustice, Betrayal, and the Importance of Social and Political Responsibility, Immigration
Suitable for: Grades 9–12
This is a story of a 12 year old girl who lives with her family in a small village in Sierra Leone. The village is attacked by rebel groups, leaving many dead or severely injured and maimed. She must survive on her own and makes her way to help and a refugee camp. She eventually arrives in Toronto where she begins to pull together the pieces of her broken life.




Getting Ready to Come Back
By Beth Reily of ‘Bread for the World’

Advocacy Guide for Mission Teams. This guide will support and encourage mission teams to engage in advocacy as informed Christians upon their return home.




Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission
By Roger Peterson, Gordon Aeschliman and R. Wayne Sneeded

The God-Command. Repetitive Deployment of Swift, Temporary, Non-Professional Missionaries. If you’re looking for a comprehensive resource on short-term missions, from theological and historical foundations to the practical, this book is for you.




Deep Justice Journeys – Leader’s Guide (Student Journal)
By Kara E. Powell and Brad M. Griffin (from the Fuller Youth Institute)

Moving from Mission Trips to Missional Living. Help students to personally prepare for and process through their mission trip.




Short -Term Missions Workbook
By Tim Dearborn

From Mission Tourists to Global Citizens. An 8 lesson required course for teams; makes your mission trip a life – and faith – transforming experience.




Walking with the Poor
By Bryant L. Myers

Priniciples and Practices of Transformational Development. The practical wisdom found in this book challenges us to follow Jesus by respectfully embracing the poor.




When Helping Hurts
By Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself. If you’ve ever wondered if what you’re doing is really helping, this book will guide you to a true understanding of poverty and a plan to make a difference.




Foreign to Familiar
By Sarah A. Lanier

A Guide to Understanding Hot – and Cold – Climate Cultures. Anyone traveling abroad should not leave home without this valuable resource!




Cultural Intelligence
By David A. Livermore

Improving Your CQ to Engage our Multicultural World. Reading this book will enable you to understand your own culture and the lens through which you see all other cultures.




Serving with Eyes Wide Open
By David A. Livermore

Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence. This ‘must read’ book for all volunteers and teams calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities.


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