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Serving God Globally: Finding Your Place in International Development

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Dominating the daily news cycle today are the grim realities of grinding poverty, sex trafficking, gender discrimination, child soldiering, HIV/AIDS, failed states, corruption, and environmental breakdown. In the midst of such pain and brokenness, the followers of Christ cannot stand idly by, for God calls them into the mission of reconciling all things, first by easing su ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Baker Academic
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Naomi
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Brian Thomas
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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Alexander Rolfe
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Renee
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
John
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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