Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Best Little Book You've Probably Never Heard Of

Thanksgiving provided a little extra time for reading, and I finished A Vision for Missions, a Banner of Truth paperback by Tom Wells.

What's so great about it? Well, a friend of mine, who's spent some time doing missions work in Central Asia, described it as a combination of Packer's Knowing God and Piper's Let the Nations Be Glad, both of which are just stellar books.

So here's Wells' thesis: "God is worthy to be known and proclaimed for who He is, and that fact is an important part of the missionary motive and message" (9). And here's why that thesis needs to be advanced: "Our danger, it seems to me, lies in . . . forgetting God in our zeal for men" (110).

But the kicker about Wells' book is that you can get it here for under $5, and it's only 157 pages long. If I recall correctly, that's about 25% of the price and 30% of the size of Packer and Piper's books. By all means, buy a few extra and give them away if you can afford it.


Greg said...

Yes! My high school teacher gave me this book as a graduation present: definitely a great read. My fave chapter was the one probably entitled The Only Wise God. It's lucid, it reads easy, it's cheap - what more could you ask for?

Greg said...

How can there be more than one Greg? I'm the Greg that chimes in on important Ohio State issues. The comment above is from bizarro Greg, who weighs in on important theological issues.

Ben said...

Greg #2,

Apples from the same tree don't fall far from each other, do they?

Pearson said...

Yes, very good book on missions that all should have.