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Books on Culture, Customs and Etiquette

This first section recommends books to help people who are serving in ministry in another culture. Scroll down for secular books on cross-cultural customs and etiquette, written for business travelers.
Cross-Cultural Connections:
Stepping Out and Fitting in Around the World

by Duane Elmer
Published by InterVarsity Press, 2002
Creating Understanding:
A Handbook for Christian Communication Across Cultural Landscapes

Donald K. Smith
Zondervan Publishing House, 1992
Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
by Paul Hiebert
Baker Book House, 1987

Ministering Cross-Culturally:
An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships

by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter, Marvin Keene Mayers
Baker Academic, 2003


Cross-Cultural Conflict:
Building Relationships for Effective Ministry

by Duane Elmer
Intervarsity Press, 1994

 

Conflict Mediation Across Cultures:
Pathways and Patterns

by David W. Augsberger
Westminster John Knox Press, 1995
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Believing not only that conflict is inevitable in human life but that it is essential and can be quite constructive, Augsburger proposes a shift to an "international" approach in resolving conflict. Augsburger focuses on interpersonal and group conflicts and provides a comparison of conflict patterns within and among various cultures.

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Building Credible Multicultural Teams
by Lianne Roembke
William Carey Library Pub, 2000

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Embracing Difference:
Leading Multicultural Congregations

by Charles R. Foster
Alban Inst, 1997

More Good Reading

The following books were written for for the business community, but the principles are useful for any Christian planning a mission trip or seeking to make friends with someone from another culture.
Cultural Intelligence:
A Guide to Working with People from Other Cultures

by Brooks Peterson
Published by Intercultural Press, 2004
Cross-Cultural Dialogues:
74 Brief Encounters With Cultural Difference

by Craig Storti
Published by Intercultural Press, 1994
The Art of Crossing Cultures
by Craig Storti
Published by Intercultural Press, 2001
Multinationals in India: Managing the Interface of Cultures
by Jai B P Sinha
Published by SAGE Publications, 2004
Multicultural Manners:
New Rules of Etiquette for a Changing Society

by Norine Dresser
Published by Wiley, 1996

Figuring Foreigners Out:
A Practical Guide

by Craig Storti
Intercultural Press, 1998
Multicultural Celebrations:
Today's Rules of Etiquette for Life's Special Occasions

by Norine Dresser
Three Rivers Press, 1999

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