Posted by: Titus Presler | October 16, 2010

“Essential reading,” says Paul-Gordon Chandler about “Going Global with God”

The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest who serves as rector of St. John’s Church in the Madi section of  Cairo, Egypt, has written a warm commendation for my new book, Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference:

Titus Presler, noted mission scholar and gifted communicator, shows us mission work at its best in this immensely fresh and truly inspiring comprehensive analysis of the new contours of the global realities of God’s mission.  Going Global with God takes us on a fascinating journey around the world, and through history to the present day, giving us the privilege of listening in on divinely connected relationships. This broad and insightful perspective opens our eyes, enlarges our vision, enriches our understanding, stimulates our compassion and entices us into involvement in God’s global mosaic of mission in the 21st century. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in participating in God’s global work. Timely!

Paul and his wife Lynne have served in Cairo for eight years with their two children, which makes them among the longer serving missioners of the Episcopal Church around the world.  They previously served in north Africa, and both of them grew up in missionary families in west Africa.  Their lives have therefore been spent constantly on the interface between Christianity and Islam, an important and rare gift in the Episcopal Church today.  Their longterm vocational commitment to mission work is precious on the mission scene today.

Paul-Gordon is author, most recently, of Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road: Exploring a New Path Between Two Faiths, an exploration of a Lebanese who describes himself as a Muslim follower of Jesus.  Paul-Gordon is currently working on a book on the spiritual journey of Kahlil Gibran, the early 20th century Lebanese writer and poet of Christian background.  He is an honorary canon of All Saints Cathedral in Cairo.

I had the pleasure of visiting with Paul-Gordon, Lynne and their children in Cairo in January 2007 during a journey organized by Bill Sachs of the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation to visit moderate Muslim leaders in Egypt, Qatar and Oman.

I am grateful for Paul-Gordon’s affirmation of Going Global with God.

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