There are some insightful, thought-provoking, and profound books around that are well worth a read if you're interested in expanding your understanding on a range of topics.

Here are a few we've found helpful or interesting (some are quite textbook-y but worth a look):

About Development

walking with the poor

Walking With The Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development, by Bryant Myers (1999)

Myth of Community book

The Myth of Community: Gender Issues in Participatory Development, edited by Irene Gujit & Meera Kaul Shah (1998)

About Aid

Ending Aid Dependence

Ending Aid Dependence, Yash Tandon (2008)

Dead Aid book

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, by Dambisa Moyo (2009)

The Trouble With Aid book

The Trouble With Aid: Why Less Could Mean More for Africa, by Jonathan Glennie (2008)

About cross-cultural work

Cross cultural conflict book

Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry, by Duane Elmer (1993)

Serving with eyes wide open

Serving with Eyes Wide Open, by David A Livermore (2006)

About Christian responses to poverty

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, by Ronald J Sider (1997)

The Sound of World's Colliding

The Sound of World's Colliding, by Krisin Jack (2009)

The Irresisitible Revolution

The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne (2006)

Beyond Guilt

Beyond Guilt: Christian Responses to Suffering, by George S Johnson (2000)

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