Fuller Theological Seminary’s Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies, Scott Sunquist, has had his new book Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory added to another top books list, this time by the International Bulletin for Missionary Research.
This is Dr. Sunquist’s fourth book to receive a spot on IBMR’s annual “One of the 15 Outstanding Books for Mission Studies” list and the second such accolade for this particular book, following his listing in the top spot under missions/global affairs in Christianity Today’s 2014 book awards.
The 464 page book, published by Baker Academic, is a comprehensive introduction focused on helping students, pastors, and mission committees understand contemporary Christian mission historically, biblically, and theologically.
Amazon reviewer William Rogan writes, “This book is simply phenomenal. Sunquist illuminates the Missio Dei through history, theology, and praxis. Sunquist's prose is clear and engaging. His thought draws deeply from the well of the ‘Great Tradition.’ He writes with passion and conviction that is contagious.”
Following are some more reviews of Understanding Christian Mission:
"Scott Sunquist has produced a rarity in this book, which combines breadth of theological scope with depth of learning and life in equal measure. This wonderful compendium brings together deep biblical reflection, the wisdom of Christian ages past, and the experience of a lifetime lived in mission. This is a book to savor, ponder, and return to again and again."
--Christopher J. H. Wright, Langham Partnership; author of The Mission of God and The Mission of God's People
"This is a clearly written, wonderfully ecumenical introduction to missiology and, indeed, mission theology. Its value lies in conceiving missiology as deeply theological and spiritual, not simply as tips and strategies for more successful evangelism. We often speak of the importance of the missio Dei for an adequate understanding of mission. In this volume Scott Sunquist helps us understand this trinitarian perspective more deeply."
--Stephen Bevans, SVD, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
"No mere pragmatic missiology, Scott Sunquist's book is replete with theology. This book shows us that we are steeped in suffering and in glory both across time and in today's global and urban challenges. What a high calling."
--Miriam Adeney, Seattle Pacific University and Regent College; author of Kingdom without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity
"This book offers a fresh understanding of Christian mission endeavor from historical, theological, and ecclesiological perspectives. Scott Sunquist's teaching and living in mission contexts shine through in his expert choice of peoples and events in world Christianity. A must-read for all who reflect on Christian mission and its legacy and prospects."
--Reverend Daniel Jeyaraj, Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom
"Three mission books in one: Sunquist provides a sweeping history, a comprehensive theology, and an impassioned call for the church to be missional. From Polycarp to Matteo Ricci and D. L. Moody, the range of this book is simply amazing."
--Alec Hill, president, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
Click here to see the article about the Christianity Today award for Understanding Christian Mission.