IVP Book Attracting Response from Mission Community

Intervarsity Press has released a book that has garnered interests within the world mission community.

The book, titled “Living In Color: Embracing God's Passion for Ethnic Diversity,” is authored by Native American pastor and activist Randy Woodley, and confronts current issues within global evangelism.

Evangelicals for Social Action President Ron Siders commented that the book provided a powerful, honest Native American voice articulating a multicultural, contextualized, thoroughly biblical gospel.

According to Siders, "Had Euro-Americans lived out this biblical vision, we would have avoided most of the terrible injustices of North American history."

Other mission-figures have commented that the book serves as an example for understanding global mission.

“This is perhaps the most important book any American citizen could read who wants to truly understand global missions,” said Dr. Ralph D. Winter, founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission.

He added, "If we can't understand what we (mainly) did wrong with the First Americans, how can we intelligently reach the world farther away? This book illuminates that embarrassing question with gentle fairness and profound insight."

According to the Intervarsity Press Web site, the book offers a platform for introductory courses or training seminars on cultural diversity. The book has also been featured in the front page of the fellowship main page for the Intervarsity fellowship. The book features a study guide making it ideal for group studies.

The author, Randy Woodley, is a Keetowah Cherokee Indian who has led First Nations people since 1984. He is president and cofounder of the interdenominational Eagle's Wings Ministries. As an ordained minister, he is part of the founding board member of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). He is also associated with the International Reconciliation Movement and founder of several other ministries, including Cross Cultural Concerns and Christians for Justice.