What to Read in 2020

Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love books! I’m constantly reading a wide range of themes, but since I’m so passionate about world missions I thought I would recommend a few books for those who want to learn more about this big amazing world we live in. Here are three works for your consideration:

Global Gospel: An Introduction to Christianity on Five Continents by Douglas Jacobsen (Baker Academic, 2015) will enlarge your understanding of the Christian faith. This book covers it all—from how Christianity is actually doing in Europe (you may be surprised!) and North America, to the remarkable growth of the church in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our staff is reading this book together in 2020!

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity by Philip Jenkins (Oxford, 2011) has been around a few years, but it is still a must read. This take-away line from the book tells it all: “The era of Western Christianity has passed within our lifetimes, and the day of Southern Christianity is dawning.” This book profoundly transformed my worldview when it was first published in 2002.

Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation by Jason Mandryk (Biblica, 2010) is more of a reference work than a front porch read. This book provides a panoramic guide to how Christianity is faring in every nation and territory of the world. It’s always on my desk so I can take a quick glance at any country and find out just what in the world is going on!

We are still looking back at 2019 with gratitude for your support. We are diligently working on our ministry and financial reports, which are scheduled to come out to you soon. Thank you for your on-going partnership with Global Action. We are looking forward to another amazing year in 2020.

Happy Reading,

Dr. Lionel Young

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