Sustainable growth happens gradually! Here you will find the resources to stimulate reproducible growth among the people you serve. The first edition of this book sold over 15,000 copies. It has had an impact on and through Christian workers world-wide. This newer edition offeres a broader readership the insights and time-tested principles . . . refined over decades of teaching, research and interaction with people from around the globe. This book is available in both soft cover and eBook versions. Recent adoptions by institutions of higher education include: Trinity Western University and Warner Pacific College.
"This book provides some of the best and most readable, entertaining, and valuable insights into culture I've seen anywhere. Read it. Enjoy it. Live it."
Dr. Dan Brewster, Director, Academic Programs, Compassion International, Malaysia
"Make Haste Slowly! is grounded on social communication theory as well as Christian belief systems. It had a major influence in how I came to deal with fellow professionals, governments, and communities."
Dan S. Sharp, MD, Ph.D. (Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist), USA
"If you have not experienced some of the frustrations, surprises or encounters you meet in Make Haste Slowly! you have not been a missionary or development worker for any length of time. Study it before you go, return to it frequently - and years later take it down from the bookshelf and be reminded . . .where the book made a positive difference in your work"
Fleming Kramp, Former General Secretary, Danish Missionary Council.
"This book is a must read handbook for all who are intending to serve the Lord in the cross-cultural context."
Dr. J. M. Ngul Khan Pau, Senior Consultant, Development Associates International, India.
"When you read this book you will understand why it made such an impact (in South Sudan), and why it continues to inspire new generations of development practitioners."
Oddvar Espegren, Director, Christian Relief Network, Norway and East Africa
Long a valuable tool for cross cultural workers in East and Central Africa, the new edition offers a broader readership the insights and time-tested principles . . . refined over decades of teaching, research and interaction with people from around the globe. I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to communicate more effectively, whether in their own culture or another."
Dr. Gerry Morgan, Professor of Intercultural Studies and Director of Global Initiatives, Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
This book is built on twenty-three propositions about communication, propositions that, when taken together, encompass fundamental truths about human communication from a Christian perspective. Creating Understanding puts communications media into proper perspective. It makes meaning and understanding the focus of the effort of communication. It is committed to having the purposes of communication determine the means to be employed. This book is a foundation on which the enterprise of Christian ministry can be built or refined. It provides perspective, constantly, on the ways the cultural landscape is informing and affecting the communication process.
I had the privilege of studying under Dr. Smith during my days in seminary. As this book shows, he is a master communicator. Creating Understanding is a must read for those wanting to improve their effectiveness in cross-cultural situations. It is especially important for those who are still in their first four years of cross-cultural ministry, or better yet have not yet left for the field. Do you want to reduce conflict while increasing understanding? Avoiding the communication landmines that dot the cultural landscapes of our world requires skill and determination. Interact with Smith's 23 propositions and you will discover yourself on the road to becoming a master communicator.
Dr. Bill Patterson, Pastor of World Missions
Don Smith has developed an excellent approach to learning communication in a cross-cultural setting - be it in another country, another ethnic group in your own, with your neighbor, who happens to come from a different background . . . or with your wife! With his thorough explanation of the 23 propositions of human communication, combined with witty, explicit illustrations, Don Smith helps anyone who desires to be understood reach their goal. Especially helpful to me were the chapters on the 12 signal systems. I am an American living in Germany - working with Germans and internationals. Understanding the signal systems of communication has helped me to better learn my guest culture and understand what was being communicated - and to be understood as I attempted communication as well.
This book is written from a Christian perspective with communication of the Christian message in mind - however, don't let that hinder you from profiting from this valuable work. His bibliography 'communicates' the extent of his research in religious as well as secular circles.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to 'create understanding' in the mind of someone else.