A solid exploration in to the world of Christian mission by Kraft. There are parts that get redundant, and he weighs in with a heavy bias on a particular perception of America, but his convictions are equally convincing. In fact, some of the most engaging chapters are the ones in which he lays all his cards on the table and exposes a high degree of vulnerability and openness of how his personal experience changed his own perception. Much of this has to do with contrasting a powerless (in a spiritual sense) Christianity and culture in American with the power that defines the majority of the worlds people and culture. What guides his process is a strong belief in the power of Christianity and a large awareness of the spirit world.

Kraft writes like a teacher, and he divides his book between exploring the definition of worldview, the categories of worldview (animist, theist, and naturalist), and then as well navigates the practical issues that come in to play in any cross cultural experience. He is high on using the language of people centered rather than culture, a point that really began to resonate with me on a conscious level as I read through it.

He challenges us to recognize our own worldview before attempting to observe another. And he also challenges us to see observation in terms of humility, patience, and learning as opposed to dominating or indoctrinating. He sees reality on two levels, the big "R" reality, and then the small "r" reality, an approach that can strip some of the pretense and preconceived notions that we can force on other cultures without even being aware. And he preaches caution and patience in the process, suggesting that it is ultimately people who must change themselves, and that even the notion of what needs to change is a question that needs to be approached carefully and openly. If there is an area of success with this effort from Kraft, it certainly ingrained in me that any cross cultural engagement needs to be done with a high degree of awareness of self and others. All in all a really good source for gaining a perspective on cross culture movement both within our culture and outside of it (an important realization given that cross cultural work can happen just as easily at home)