Briefings — the Church at the frontiers

briefings8 with rosesThis series of eleven small books, published between 1998 and 2006, reported on the emergence of the Christian Church in unlikely places all around the world. The books were built from months of interviewing and emailing sources and cross-checking with them. Each book was just 64 pages, but tried to get to the core of the story. Around 100,000 Briefings are out in the wild, in languages ranging from Portuguese to Mandarin.

I’ve included Amazon links for some of the books, but the simplest way is via WEC International’s bookshop. It’s post-free too. There’s also a shrink-wrapped set we made of all them. A thing of beauty, the perfect gift for the budding missiologist in your life, and a big saving over the original price.

Some reviews: Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Evangelicals Now

Further Reading

[amazon template=thumbnail right&asin=1939124034]A decade on, David Garrison’s book A Wind in the House of Islam covers many of the same regions and is based on his unsurpassed research. Written from an evangelical heritage, it describes how each of these regions is seeing mass-movements to the Christian faith.

[amazon template=thumbnail left&asin=0374273189]Eliza Griswold trekked along the borderlines between Islam and Christianity and wrote a delicious, brilliant book of reportage.