6) 10th Birthday for Ed Brown’s “Our Father’s World” (Creation Care)

Ed Brown has updated his book on creation care and added a new foreword by Bishop Efraim Tendero of the World Evangelical Alliance. It is endorsed by Paul Borthwick, Scott Bessenecker and others. Ed tells us he’s offering a 40% discount ($12 instead of $18.99) and free shipping to US addresses until the middle of January. Find it at…

10) Would you Help Betty Update the Brigada Prayer Resource List?

Have you come across an especially good resource for prayer recently? If so, would you let Betty know? She is updating the Brigada Resource List for Intercessors, Prayer Coordinators, and Prayer Mobilizers which we published several years ago. The list includes books, magazines, videos, DVDs, and prayer movements. She would love your input! Just click “Comment” to list your item here and she’ll add it to the resource list that we post here:

(Thanks Betty!)

11) Save 25% at PrayerShop Throughout the Rest of January

PrayerShop is a ministry of Harvest Prayer Ministries, “Equipping the church to become a house of prayer for all nations.” During the rest of January, they’re equipping for 25% less. Take 1/4 off nearly any title you find by typing in the code, “AchingBack” at checkout. (Maybe Jon is the manager — and maybe he’s tired of lifting boxes of books! : ) ) You’ll find virtually any book on prayer — and code works for nearly any book there. Check it out at…

2) Free Orality Books!

orality breakouts 2010_0Sure it’s more fun to learn chronological Bible storytelling in a one-week in-person course in Florida. But suppose you’re in a spot in which time or dollars prevent that for the moment. The next best thing might be to download free how-to books on orality via a great link you heard about right here at To get your free downloads (without having to sign up for anything or be spammed at all!), point your browser to…

The key book there, Making Disciples of Oral Learners, by Avery Willis, will definitely get you started. Thanks to the IMB, Avery Willis, and the International Orality Network (which he helped lead for so much of the latter years of his great life)!

14) The BackPage: Please Help us Build a Mobilizer’s Toolkit

If you were equipping new Missions Mobilizer, what would you put in the toolkit? What resources would be “core curriculum,” so to speak. I remember a little book back in the 80’s called “The Hidden Half.” I don’t remember the author’s name… and it seems to have vanished off the book lists even on the web. But it was a great “just add water” mobilizer’s book… to help someone aquire the fire, so to speak, then pass it on. Which books or websites would be in your list? Would any of these make your go-to books?

Life-changing encounters, Caleb Project — Originally assembled as a kind of guidebook or manual for churches and agencies who were doing prayer journeys and vision trips during the “AD2000 & Beyond” mobilization decade of the 90’s, this manual taught the church and agency how go on-sight and write a profile about an unreached people group. Great resource to this day, if you can find one.

Exploring the Land, Shane Bennett — This more academic version of the above was written to help an ethnographic researcher (or research team) prepare a more extensive booklet (or book) about an unreached people or place.

Vision of the Possible, by “Daniel Sinclair” (pseudonym) is a real keeper. It might be the best book documenting the overall on-field process EVER. How to reach an unreached people group or city, for the team leader and the on-site team.

Operation World, originally by Patrick Johnstone, now by Jason Mandryk, looks at the world one country at a time, revealing church growth to date plus prayer requests for tomorrow.

When Helping Hurts, by Corbett and Fikkert, informs the church or agency about poverty and how to help it without causing harm.

Radical, by David Platt, challenges the assumptions of local churches by advocating for a more engaged lifestyle and outreach paradigm .

Serving as Senders, by Neal Pirolo, explains how volunteers from a local church can become more engaged as sending groups for missionaries and their families.

I Think God Wants me to Be a Missionary, also by Neal Pirolo, helps a would-be missionary clarify and grow his/her calling.

In the Gap, by Dave Bryant, is an old book, now somewhat dated, but still challenges assumptions about the world in which we live, advocating a stepped-up prayer life and a more engaged outreach approach.

There have to be more that I’m not remembering right now. Which books, videos, or websites would you add? Please just click “comment” after the online version of this item, then add your favorite(s). Thanks in advance for any help you can render.


6) All You Can Read… for One Low Price per Month

scribdTired of buying books the old way, one at a time? Try…

They loan you books on an “all you can eat” cafeteria plan, which might be insanely attractive if you buy more than one book each month. Or suppose you’re overseas and you want to teach your family the value of books! Bam — you can browse, skim, explore to your heart’s content… even if there’s no library nearby.

7) Project Gutenberg: For the Reader Within

gutenbergProject Gutenberg (aka PG) has the largest collection of public domain books. These are the books that out of copyright and available for anyone to use for any purpose. Lots of books from the world’s greatest fiction authors such as Dickens, Joyce, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allan Poe fall into this category. This site is the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet. PG is an extremely popular site and now has over 20,000 works. If you’re not sure where to start check out their Top 100 page. Find them at…

8) If you Prefer Short Stories :)

dailylitAre you the type who prefers bitesized chunks? Try DailyLit. It’s a bit different from the typical book site in that it delivers a small excerpt from the book of your choice to your email on a daily basis. You’ll receive one excerpt per day until the book is finished. You can always click to read more, of course. Give it a try, if you don’t have much time to read. :-)

4) New Book on Singles in Mission —

missionAre you (or someone you know) single, either comfortably so or not? Either way, Debbie Hawker and Tim Herbert have now published, “Single Mission: Thriving as a Single Person in Cross-Cultural Ministry,” (2013) and, odds are, their work will likely have a relevant chapter. it comes highly recommended by our good friends, Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, of Member Care Associates. They wrote, “Single Mission aims to encourage and equip single mission personnel, and to help them be strong in their faith, effective in their ministry, resilient and content with their lifestyle… Chapters have been contributed by over 30 women and men from six continents.” It comes with 4 parts and an appendix: Part One: Single mission workers from different cultures (18 chapters), Part Two: Sexuality (8 chapters), Part Three: The journey from singleness to marriage (8 chapters), Part Four: What we know about single people in ministry (6 chapters), Appendices: (4 chapters). We’ve needed this kind of resource for some time. Sounds like it’ll scratch an itch. Find the Kindle edition here…

and the paperback edition here…

(Thanks again, Kelly and Michele!)

9) LOGOS March Madness Begins Now

Every year, thousands participate at…

Hundreds of the individual titles will be on sale, but chosen by users based on authors. Last year’s champion was D. A. Carson. The year prior, N. T. Wright. Most likely, you’ll want a say in what books get heavily discounted. The winner’s works are discounted at 75% off! It’s a great (and fun) idea. Hats off to the people at LOGOS for suggesting it. And while you’re at it, don’t forget that LOGOS books and Bibles purchased at…

result in you getting a 15% discount AND LOGOS also makes a donation to Brigada in your name. Thanks in advance for any purchases you make there! When have you ever had such a great excuse to go splurge on Bible software!? :-)

11) Spanish Resource For Missions

Many ministries and churches have been using the devotional “Before You Go” to prepare the hearts of their short and long term missionaries for the cultural and personal challenges that only the Lord knows await people as they step out of their comfort zone into missions. Now this book has been translated, and Spanish speaking ministries can get their missionaries into the Presence of God for 40 days of devotions before a trip, by using the new Spanish version, “Antes De Ir.”

You can purchase the paperbacks in 2 ways. For bulk packs:
or other amounts at:

The Kindle version is also available:

Other questions or emails are welcome at:

4) Treasure-trove of Resources about Church-planting Movements

Are you into CPM’s — or desire to be? Then be sure to stop and see…

The wealth of resources there blows me away. For example, there’s a “RAD” booklet at…

It alone is worth the cost of admission. (Which, by the way, is zero.) There’s a concise version and a full version that is a couple of hundred pages, sufficient to tell you what to say on week by week talks at a new house church movement. Can’t wait to try these out.

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