Cross-Cultural ConflictTitle: Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry (Paperback)
by Duane Elmer
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press (January, 1994)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
Reviewer: R. Scott Hayden (Bangkok, Thailand)
Before I moved to Bangkok, Thailand in 1996 to teach at an International School, friends loaned me their copy of this book. It opened my eyes. A few years later, a professor in my graduate studies required that I read it again. I did so gladly. I cited this book favorably in my thesis and highly recommend it to any Westerner who will work with non-Westerners.
Duane Elmer first helps Americans understand their own typical conflict resolution style. Then he surveys conflict resolution styles of non-Western cultures. More than that, he shows how the Bible upholds each of these styles as viable options for conflict resolution.
Reviewer: Michael P. Clawson (Warrenville, IL)
I found this to be a well written book that introduced some basic concepts in intercultural communication through personal stories and easy to read discussion of the concepts. Elmer shows us the many contrasts between Western Culture and Two-Thirds World cultures and provides concise suggestions on how to navigate the differences successfully. I especially appreciated a chapter he devoted to a study of an episode from the book of Joshua which illustrated a Biblical model of successful conflict resolution. While this book is not comprehensive in its approach it is informative and easy reading.
Reviewer: A reader
The authors have presented an excelent foundation for understanding cross cultural relationships. Perhaps the best of the book is the discussion which focuses on patient learning of as much of the other culture as possible to understand non-American responses to situations and events. The authors carefully consider what an American response would be, and also give examples of responses from cultures outside American culture. We are finding the book very useful for both our American missionaries, as well as our African counterparts. Both are coming to new levels understanding one another, as well as working together. Great beginning!
Reviewer: DJ & Rachelle Chuang (Vienna, VA)
This is the first book I've read that concisely surveys the differences between what the author called "Two Thirds World" cultures in comparison and contrast with Western (American) culture, and finds some leeway in scripture for various ways of conflict resolution; the author gives a fair presentation and encourages cross cultural dialogue