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Serving God Globally: Finding Your Place in International Development

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This unique text and vocational resource on mission and development work equips readers to serve God and the needs of the world in a global arena.
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Baker Academic
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Nov 11, 2015 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Serving God Globally completely by chance (it was the only copy at a discount book store, buried in the stacks). I had never heard of it, but I broke my rule of only buying books that were already on my list because it sounded quite interesting, and I saw a few names I recognized on the back cover. I started reading it over a year ago, and as happens with many books that I start reading, I got sidetracked with all of the other amazing books on my shelf. It's not that the content wasn't g ...more
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Jul 28, 2013 Brian Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, poverty
This needed book is targeted toward college-age Christians contemplating careers in international development. It has two major sections. Chapters 1-3 overview broad topics like history, theology, and worldview, while Chapters 4-8 are about the character, abilities, education, and experiences needed to serve in an international development careers.

Chapter 1 humorously (but respectfully) overviews four secular schools of thought in international development: Modernization, Dependency Theory, Post
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Oct 04, 2013 Alexander Rolfe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very long, very boring sermon that manages to irritate continually. An example: on pages 63-64, he says there can be no "tranformational development that is Christian unless" we are bringing the good news of: "the gospel, peacebuilding, economic well-being, political harmony, respectful gender relationships, wise parenting, environmental stewardship," and on and on. Terrifying. May I never be one of his targets. On the very next page-- I kid you not-- he begins a new section with a long diatri ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was assigned for a class and just not very applicable to me. It would probably be good for people who are high school / early college age and considering a career in missions or global development. Since I fit neither of those, I felt that most of it was not things that I could take and apply to my life and interactions; there were some theories that were interesting but other dry.
Jul 12, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoksbergen's book is a must read for every person who wants to work in the NGO world. Practical, real people, wise.
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Roland Hoksbergen (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is professor of economics and international development at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also serves as director of the International Development Studies program. His current research interests include the role of civil society in Third World development and strengthening partnership networks among non-government organizations. ...more
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