Book Review: The Missionary Call

The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God's Plan For the World
The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God’s Plan For the World by M. David Sills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is full of practical and spiritual advice about how to know if you are called by God to become a missionary overseas. I really appreciated the way the book was organized, talking about the Biblical basis for missions, God’s heart for missions, and then branching into the history of missions since the Early Church, and exploring different branches of thought and belief that are present about missions and the missionary call today.

My favorite part was the short biographical summaries of famous missionaries of past centuries, like Hudson Taylor, Lottie Moon, William Carey, David Brainerd, and Amy Carmichael. I grew up hearing about their ministries, and reading their biographies, but I love revisiting those inspiring stories!

This book focuses mostly on how to know you are called to missions, what does a “call” look like, feel like, sound like, and how to define what place, agency, or people group you are called to. The truth is, everyone’s life is different, and God guides in many ways to call people to His work. There is no ONE definition, because you can’t put God in a box or define Him. But this book does a good job of giving many examples of ways that God might work and how He has called people in the past, so that you can use that knowledge and apply wisdom to your own situation.

Some of this book did not apply to me, since it focuses almost exclusively on church-planting evangelical missions projects, while I’m interested in working in a care program for missionary kids, but the concepts still apply to any sort of full-time ministry involving mission work.

Excellent writing, but a little repetitive, repeating the same concepts again and again in various chapters.
This book is inspiring with clear wisdom based in the Bible, and I loved how many quotes there are from famous missionaries of the past!

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