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Over My Shoulder: Stories That Show How Personality Affects Cross-Cultural Mission

Paperback|May 2007
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"The biggest problem amongst missionaries today is not a lack of funding, disagreements over strategy or even interpersonal conflict. It's an issue of comparison. Most of us spend so much time looking over our shoulders and thinking that we should...


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"The biggest problem amongst missionaries today is not a lack of funding, disagreements over strategy or even interpersonal conflict. It's an issue of comparison. Most of us spend so much time looking over our shoulders and thinking that we should be more like so-and-so that we fail to appreciate the way God has made us uniquely and wonderfully - for his purposes, his body, and his glory."
- Naomi Reed


In Over My Shoulder, Naomi Reed acknowledges the debilitating issue of comparison amongst missionaries and then sets out to discover whether there is, in fact, an ideal missionary personality. Her research leads her to conduct 49 interviews with a range of cross-cultural workers whose responses to questions of adjustment and missionary life are as diverse as they are excruciatingly honest. In linking these responses to personality type, Naomi provides a unique glimpse into the way different personalities respond to the challenges and delights of cross-cultural service. It's in knowing and understanding ourselves and each other, she concludes, that we're more able to serve God effectively in the places where he leads us. This is a unique and timely book which will both encourage and stimulate the missions community - it's a must-read for anyone interested in, or involved in, cross-cultural mission.

- Publisher

In Over My Shoulder, Naomi Reed seeks to reveal and celebrate our differences within cross-cultural service. She draws from 49 interviews with a range of cross-cultural workers whose responses to questions of adjustment and missionary life are as diverse as they are excruciatingly honest. In linking these responses to personality type, Naomi provides a unique glimpse into the way different personalities respond to the challenges and delights of cross-cultural service. This book will both encourage and stimulate the missions community - it's a must-read for anyone involved in, or interested in, cross-cultural mission.

"Serving cross-culturally with an international mission organisation can be as challenging as it is deeply rewarding. On top of language learning and local cultural orientation, there is also the need to form good working relationships with people from widely differing backgrounds and to deal healthily with a range of expectations. It's no wonder then that out of our insecurities, we're tempted to look over our shoulders and think that we have to grow in likeness to the expatriate who lives down the street, rather than in likeness to Christ." Naomi Reed

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 287998
  • Product Code 9781921589010
  • ISBN 1921589019
  • EAN 9781921589010
  • Pages 200
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Ark House Press
  • Publication Date May 2007
  • Sales Rank 28012
  • Dimensions 135 x 210mm
  • Weight 0.264kg

Naomi Reed

Author of the bestselling title My Seventh Monsoon, Naomi Reed grew up in Sydney and trained as a physiotherapist, alongside her high-school sweetheart, Darren. After graduation, they married and worked in Sydney hospitals before answering God's call to the mission field in 1993.
They spent six of the next thirteen years working in Nepal with the International Nepal Fellowship and it changed them irrevocably. They now eat rice for breakfast, leave their chappals at the door and pause interminably if you ask them where their home is. Their three sons, Stephen, Christopher and Jeremy, will tell you excitedly about their home in Nepal. They describe motor bike rides in the Himalayas and home school in their Nepali back garden.


The family are currently back in the Blue Mountains where Naomi is writing, contemplating the seasons and enjoying their home church, The Promise: the message of the Bible through voices of Women; and No Ordinary View; Over My Shoulder: in search of the perfect missionary.

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