by Duane Elmer

InterVarsity Press

Downer's Grove, Illinois

2006 US $15.00

Reviewed by Erika F. Puni, Director, General Conference Stewardship Ministries

Written by a well-known cross-cultural specialist, Duane Elmer, this work explores the biblical concept of servanthood in the “simple, everyday events of life.” At the same time, Elmer acknowledges the complexity of leading as a servant “because it is culturally defined.” According to the author, “Serving must be sensitive to the cultural landscape, while remaining true to Scripture” (p. 12). This is not an option, but a calling for everyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

The strengths of this book are many. It has a strong biblical base, supported by excellent cross-cultural research, and it draws from real people’s experiences from a variety of places. Its insights are practical and clearly expressed and can be applied to any ministry context; particularly from the perspective of those who are interested and want to engage in serving God and others in everyday situations.