Item description for Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot - And Cold - Climate Cultures by Sarah Lanier...
Overview Author Sarah Lanier explains how cultures around the world can fit into two basic categories and how these categories differ. Whether you are a missionary, a diplomat, a cross-cultural worker or simply live in a cross cultural neighborhood, you'll find this book to be a valuable resource for understanding and relating to others from a different "climate."
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Studio: Mc Dougal Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2004
Publisher Mc Dougal Publishing Company
ISBN 158158072X ISBN13 9781581580723
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More About Sarah Lanier
Lanier currently travels internationally as a consultant and lecturer on culture, leadership and team dynamics.
Reviews - What do customers think about Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot - And Cold - Climate Cultures?
Invaluable Resource for Missionaries Nov 26, 2008
This book is an eye opener and a must have for any one going on or leading mission groups to foreign lands. Much has been done in vain due to misunderstanding and ultimate embrassment. With Sarah's book you'll understand the why to the questions you've had concerning other cultures and you'll be incredibly better prepared for the next trip.
Everyone I know that has read this book, has purchased additional copies to share with others.
THAT is a testimony of the content of this book and Sarah A. Lanier's ability to deliver it.
Well done good and faithful servant and THANK YOU!
David Lee Waters Sr., and Anita A. Tarlton Co-Founders Waters Edge Ministries Leading Missions to Ghana West Africa
Good Introduction to Cultural Distinctions Oct 24, 2008
Sarah Lanier's Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot and Cold-Climate Cultures (McDougal Publishing, 2000) is a helpful little book for anyone involved in cross-cultural ministry. A seasoned missionary, Lanier recounts many stories that help provide insight into the reasons why people react in distinct ways in different cultures. The book describes some of the differences between what Lanier calls "hot-climate" and "cold-climate" cultures.
Here is an example: cold-climate cultures are task driven while warm-climate cultures are relationship driven. We in the West tend to think about getting something done and getting it done on time. Those in warm climate cultures consider the entire event. In some places it is offensive to arrive to dinner on time (because it makes it seem like you are only arriving for the task and not the relationship). In other places it is offensive to arrive to dinner late (because it makes you seem like you are not respecting the other person's time.)
Lanier also shows how the type of communication differs from culture to culture. After all, in a hot-climate culture, communication takes place indirectly. It seeks to maintain the atmosphere of friendship, whatever the cost.
The only weakness of Foreign to Familiar is also its strength. The strength of the book is its brevity and immediate accessibility. But in the interest of brevity, Laner makes major generalizations, and therein lies its only weakness.
Still, as an introduction to understanding the differences between different kinds of culture, Foreign to Familiar is terrific. Pick it up and start learning how to navigate the murky waters of contextualization!
Observing Cultural Differences Aug 25, 2008
This book is an easy read, and takes much of the observable cultural differences and explains them simply for the layperson. I am a missionary preparing for cross cultural ministry and will share this book with my partners back in the states so they can have a better understanding of what we are experiencing.
Quick read with useful information May 18, 2008
I found this to be a very readable book; there is a lot of information presented both concisely and clearly. Well worth a read for anyone planning on spending time in other countries, or anyone who interacts with those from other cultures. Which makes it useful for pretty much everybody.
Clarifying cultural confusion Apr 6, 2008
I wish I had read this book a few years ago. Working at a foreign-owned company with a completely different cultural bias has been difficult, but this book clearly explains the characteristics of other cultures. I use the lessons taught in this book daily to help understand the cultural differences between myself any my co-workers.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about living or working in an environment culturally different from their own.