Joining in with the Spirit
Joining in with the Spirit: Connecting World Church and Local Mission by Kirsteen Kim is an excellent introduction to a broad range of missiological thinking. The publisher’s blurb says:
“Joining in with the Spirit is an accessible introduction to mission studies – the history, theology and issues of mission, which is up-to-date and supported by contemporary scholarship. It also offers a theological framework for mission which applies both globally and locally, to help the reader discern the movement of the Spirit of Christ among the many other spirits of this world.”
I reckon that is a pretty fair summary of a very good book. It is not as thorough as Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, but it is a good deal more accessible to the ordinary reader. You could make similar comments in comparing it to Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today, from which it draws quite heavily in parts.
It is very up to date and covers a broad range of missiological thinking in an accessible way. I would strongly recommend it as a starter book for anyone who wants to start thinking seriously about the theology of mission.
I never seem to have the time to blog my way properly through a book, but this would be a good one to try!