by Harold Fickett
Shortly after Ralph D. Winter passed away in 2009, the board of the Roberta Winter Institute commissioned acclaimed author Harold Fickett to write a short biography, a narrative depiction of Ralph Winter's life and thought, with a special emphasis on Winter's ideas from the last decade of his life, the soil from which the Roberta Winter Institute sprouted.
The result was, The Ralph D. Winter Story: How One Man Dared to Shake Up World Missions. To quote Rev. Chuck Huckaby, The Ralph D. Winter Story "is a fantastic primer into the abiding impact of the founder of the USCWM and WCIU. It’s slender 180 pages are quickly and enjoyably read and filled with insights into not only Winter’s life, but also the American evangelical milieu during the same time period. Weaving interesting anecdotes and narrative, it succeeds in outlining Winter’s life and demonstrating his key contributions to the Church." Read Huckaby's full review here.
For more about the book visit www.ralphdwinter.org, where you can read an excerpt, a short synopsis of Winter's life, as well as numerous endorsements.
- Books and Culture Podcast with John Wilson and Stan Guthrie
- Ralph D. Winter: A Man of Many Paradoxes in the Service of One Goal by Stan Guthrie
- Q&A with author Harold Fickett
- The Presbyterian Outloook review
Other books about Ralph Winter’s life and legacy:
- Ralph D. Winter: Early Life and Core Missiology by Greg Parsons
- I Will Do a New Thing: Unreached Peoples and the Founding of the U.S. Center for World Mission by Roberta H. Winter
- Faith Seeking Understanding: Essays in Memory of Paul Brand and Ralph Winter by David Marshall (Editor)
by Ralph D. Winter
In Ralph Winter's words, this book "is a 'no-tie, shirt sleeve' book, if it can be called a book at all." It is an informal collection of Winter's mostly unpublished, somewhat rough drafts of writings on the general subject of new frontiers in mission. Winter wanted readers to understand that this wasn't a collection of his firmly settled beliefs, but his "what if" scenarios, ideas, theories, and conjectures. The subjects of most interest to followers of the Roberta Winter Institute appear toward the end of the book, as Winter explores the responsibility of the body of Christ to identify with God's concern for defeating evil in order to properly glorify him.
by Beth Snodderly
Chaos is not God's will. We see this in the opening verses of Genesis and in the First Epistle of John, where those causing confusion are ultimately labeled as "children of the devil" (1 John 3:10). We see examples of this theme throughout Israel's history, in the messages of the prophets, in Jesus' demonstrations of authority over the powers of darkness, in the Epistles where we find principles for living godly and non-chaotic lives, and finally in the Book of Revelation where, in the end, Jesus victoriously reigns over all. These images illustrate the origin of international development: setting right what is not right, something destroyed and desolate, something that is not compatible with life-tohu wabohu. "Creation ... constituted bringing order to the cosmos from an originally nonfunctional condition." There is a need in all societies for restoring order and relationships to reflect God's will for this world, overcoming evil with good.
Books we recommend
On theology and theodicy
- God at War: The Bible & Spiritual Conflict by Greg Boyd
- The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
- The Goal of International Development: God’s Will on Earth as It Is in Heaven by multiple authors, edited by Beth Snodderly
- The Creator and the Adversary by Edwin Lewis
- Epic: The Story God Is Telling by John Eldredge
- Servant God: The Cosmic Conflict Over God's Trustworthiness by multiple authors, edited by Brad and Dorothee Cole
- The Devil, Disease, and Deliverance: Origins of Illness in New Testament Thought by John Christopher Thomas
- The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil by Andrew Delbanco
- How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt
- For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery by Rodney Stark
On disease and eradication
- Origins: Perspectives on the Origins of Man Disease and Death: with DNA Evidence from the Human Genome by Richard Gunasekera
- Global Disease Eradication: The Race for the Last Child by Cynthia A. Needham and Richard Canning
- Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease by Paul Ewald
- The Eradication of Infectious Disease by Donald Hopkins (Author), W.R. Dowdle (Editor)
- Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and John Peter Meyers
- The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It by Marcia Angell