“Living a Sent Life” Reading List

A while back I solicited input via Facebook when I asked what my friends would say to a group of college-age interns in a session on Global Missions. I especially asked for what they’d put on a recommended reading list. That was the beginning of what has become this list. I’m putting it here so it is accessible to others who might be looking for such a list. (Updated 07-June-2013)


Created by God for a Relationship with Him

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
(Chapter 5 from Don’t Waste Your Life)
Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It by John Piper

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N. T. Wright

Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright

Cat and Dog Theology: Rethinking Our Relationship with Our Master by Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robinson

This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling by Adam and Chrissy Jeske

Your Calling is Closer than You Think (RELEVANT MAGAZINE)

Called by God to Join Him on His Mission

The URBANA ONWARD series from IV Press

  • Pursuing God’s Call by Tom Lin
  • Spiritual Warfare in Mission by Mary Anne and Jack Voelkel
  • The Mission of Worship by Sandra Van Opstal
  • Partnering with the Global Church by Nikki A. Toyama-Szeto and Femi B. Adeleye
  • Your Mind’s Mission by Greg Jao


The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission by Christopher J. H. Wright

The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone by Samuel Escobar

Let the Nations be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

The Flaw of the Excluded Middle by Paul G. Hiebert

Why we translate the Bible by David Nicholls

*Kouyanet (Blog by Eddie and Sue Arthur: Supporting Bible Translation)

Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development by Bryant Myers.


Inspiration from the lives of others

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

The Peace Child by Don Richardson

Sleeping Coconuts by John & Bonnie Nystrom

Kissed from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis
Katie also blogs here: http://kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/

50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith by Warren Wiersbe