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Losing Face & Finding Grace: 12 Bible Studies for Asian-Americans [Paperback]

By Tom Lin (Author)
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Face and grace. These are the themes that weave through Tom Lin's journey and the lives of many Asian-American Christians. How do we escape the trap of trying to earn our salvation? How do we handle the expectations of our parents in light of God's calling in our lives? What do we do with the shame that threatens to overtake our self-image? The inductive Bible studies in this guide explore these question and much more. You'll find help and hope in Scripture - and you may even find yourself.

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Raised as one of only a handful of Asians in my Chicago suburb, I did not want to be part of the Asian culture. It did not seem relevant. Besides, I thought, "Other than skin color, we're all the same, right?" I remember hearing comments from friends such as "I don't think of you as Asian, but just like the rest of us white]." These were meant as compliments (and I often took them as such), but they were confusing, since I, no matter how much I might have tried to deny it, was Asian and different. Though self-confident and socially adept on the outside, in my heart I felt ashamed of my parents' culture at times and ashamed of myself for being a part of that culture. At home my Western ideals of expressing love were not being met by the less physically and verbally expressive ideals of my parents' culture. Feeding me and checking up on my grades seemed to be all that they cared about. I felt as though I didn't belong in my parents' world or in my white friends' world. Where did I belong as an Asian-American? Face and grace. These are the themes that weave through Tom Lin's journey (recounted above) and the lives of many Asian-American Christians. How do we escape the trap of trying to earn our salvation? How do we handle the expectations of our parents in light of God's calling in our lives? What do we do with the shame that threatens to overtake our self-image? The inductive Bible studies in this guide explore these questions and much more. You'll find help and hope in Scripture--and you may even find yourself.

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Studio: IVP Connect
Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.23 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 12, 1997
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Grade Level  College  
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  0830816844  
ISBN13  9780830816842  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tom Lin is the director of the Urbana Student Mission Conference and vice president of missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He previously served several years in Mongolia pioneering campus student ministry with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He has pioneered new Asian American Christian Fellowships at Harvard and Boston University, and served as an IVCF staff trainer, fund development specialist and missions department consultant. He has also served as a human resources director of a Fortune 500 company and was Leadership Pastor at Wellspring Covenant Community Church. A second-generation Taiwanese American, Lin has developed networks in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Brunei. He currently also serves on the advisory board of the Leadership and Legacy Foundation and is vice chairman of the board for Wycliffe Bible Translators as well as Lausanne international deputy director for North America.

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Wonderful Bible Study Guide For Asian Americans  May 14, 2002
I saw this book while I was doing inner city missions during Summer 2000. Later that year, I bought a copy of it for myself. It is perhaps the best Bible Study guide for Asian Americans I've ever found.
This book has 12 Bible studies that are designed for Asian Americans who struggle with their cross-cultural identity. Some of the topics covered are grace, the Asian work ethic, filael piety, marriage, and other things that Asian Americans go through. It also provides a Biblical framework, so that when Asians ask, "How do I overcome this?", they have a ready reference. This Bible study guide is also very helpful for those Asians who don't feel totally Asian nor totally American, either (this is what Asians commonly refer to as "Bamboo").
Incidently, I'm not Asian. I'm a Caucasian Pastor out of Chicago who God has called to worship with and minister to Asian Americans, mostly ages 18-30. Anyone out there who has full time contact with Asians like I do should go through all of the 12 Bible studies in this book. It will better equip you for ministering to and worshiping with Asian Americans. I'm sure it will be a blessing to you as it has been to me.
I'd like to personally thank Tom Lin for seeing the vision to do this and also to InterVarsity Press for putting it out. Praise God!
 
Excellent Bible study for Asian Americans  May 8, 2002
If you haven't seen any of my other book reviews, let me first tell you about myself. I'm a white guy who worships with, pastors, and mentors Asian Americans, mostly 18-30. I was first called by God to be a cross cultural pastor to Asian Americans back in 1996. I've read many cross cultural books that have helped me, this being one of them.
As for this book, I'd call this a must read for anyone who is Asian American, from the 1.5's, 2nd generation, and beyond. You'll understand so much more about yourself, your ethnic heritage, and your Asian culture in light of the Bible. This Bible study guide addresses such issues as grace, the Asian work ethic, God's will vs. Parent's will, and other simular topics that Asian American Christians struggle with.
So many Asian-Americans struggle with their cross-cultrual identity while living here in America. While this book may not be the "end all" for all Asian American Christians and their struggles, this will certainly get the ball rolling in terms of the healing process. It will also help them come to terms with their cross cultural identity by showing what the Bible says and what they should live out.
In short, this book opened my eyes to many of the struggles that Asian American Christians go through. Again, I'm not Asian, nor do I pretend to be. However, this book has made me better prepared for the ministry that God has called me to.
 

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