Understanding Islam
Through History, Theology and Daily Practice
2nd Edition, 2012

While there are many new books on Islam appearing in the marketplace, this book is unique in several ways. The author is well acquainted with Islam, both from an academic as well as first hand experience, and he writes with an evangelical audience in mind. From the beginning, this book was designed as a comprehensive textbook for an introductory course to the study of Islam.

Understanding Islam contains twenty lesson and sixty seven thought provoking questions for discussion. This book seeks to explain Islam in three distinct ways: First through its early history, second through Islamic theology, and last, through the daily life and worldview of Muslims everywhere. This book is currently in use in several different schools and and languages around the world.

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The Messenger, The Message & the Community
Three Critical Issues for the Cross-Cultural Church-Planter

3rd Edition, 2010

Roland Muller's first and second edition quickly sold out as Christian workers around the world snapped up copies. This book includes large parts of the out-of-print books Honor & Shame and also Tools for Muslim Evangelism, plus much more. Muller begins by looking at what it takes to be accepted as a 'messenger' with something of value to say. He then moves on to look at the gospel message that we share, and ends up examining the community of believers that we want to gather. This book includes a frank look at shame- based cultures, and also the importance of building a sense of community into a new group of believers. Several chapters have been totally re-edited in this new edition. There are over 300 study questions for thought and discussion. This book is required reading for a number of college courses as well as many missionary agencies.

320 pages, 15.2 x 22.8 x 2.2 cm (approx 9 x 6 inches x 1 inch thick.) Click the photo to learn more.

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Missionary Leadership
by Motivation and Communication

by Roland Muller
223 pages

Published 2004
Available as an e-book
How does one go about leading a team of missionary volunteers, drawn from a variety of cultures and denominations? In his new book, Roland Muller examines the differences between secular and biblical leadership, focusing in on the two main aspects of leading multi-cultural volunteer teams: motivation and communication. This book includes a wealth of resources, worksheets, and more. It is illustrated with cartoons drawn by Jon Clime. A must for every missionary leader.


The Next Generation
by Roland Muller
94 pages

Published 2003
Available as an e-book
What will the missionary movement look like in the near future? Muller takes a look at the kind of organization that the next generations are looking for. Are evangelical missionary organizations ready for the next generation? Is it possible to pour new wine into old wineskins? Roland Muller surveys the younger generations and takes a look at some of the new and radical organizations that are emerging. Will these be the patterns for new missionary organizations, serving a new generation of young people? This book promises you probing questions and challenging answers.

Honor and Shame,
Unlocking the Door
by Roland Muller
121 pages
Published 2001
The original book is out of print. This is a copy of the 2010 second edition. Roland Muller introduces the concepts of guilt, fear and shame based cultures, showing their development over the years, and their influence on our understanding of the gospel message. Muller examines the way we traditionally present the gospel, and the difficulties this poses for those from a shame/honor background. A case study based on the Muslim cultures of the Middle East follows, where he examines Islam in the light of shame and honor. In conclusion Roland Muller presents us with the three-fold message of the gospel which is understandable in whatever cultural setting we may work in. This book is included in Muller's later book: MMC.

Tools for Muslim Evangelism
by Roland Muller
216 pages
Published 2000
This is a copy of the original 1999 version, and is included here for reference. Most of this material is included in MMC above. Just as every craftsman has his toolbox, evangelists should also have a box of tools ready for use when trying to explain the gospel to Muslims. Roland Muller introduces us to some of the tools and techniques used by successful evangelists in the Middle East. He also introduces us to the concept of 'teacher based evangelism' and demonstrates how it can be used in conjunction with or in place of friendship evangelism. This book is rich in resources and practical wisdom drawn from many sources. The appendices include the Discover Lessons by Abdalla H., Literary and Audio-Visual Resources for Christians Sharing with Muslims by Ernest Hahn, excerpts from the digital resource 'Ministry Tools' and more.


Unlocking the Gospel for Muslims
By Colin Bearup, 2009
A teach yourself guide to unlocking the gospel for Muslims. This is a very practical teach-yourself guide to opening up the Gospel for Muslims. It is about giving our Muslim friends exposure to Jesus rather than defeating them in argument. Drawing on over 25 years of experience, Colin Bearup looks at
* Handling questions and objections
* Telling and applying stories
* Reading scripture together
Using studies in Matthew's Gospel as an example, KEYS enables you to go beyond a few favorite passages and use scripture effectively.
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Recommended by Roland Muller

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Kerygma : The Missionary Game
A Print and Play Game

This game simulates the life of an evangelical cross-cultural missionary. You will receive a call to the mission field, join a mission agency, and start on deputation. Once you have sufficient resources, you can proceed to the field and start language school. You decide how much language study you need before you move on and help your team with evangelism and church planting. Players race against other players. The goal of the game is to build five believer groups, five national churches, a denominational structure, and finally, for the new denomination to start sending their own missionaries. The first player/team to place a marker on their Mission Advance square wins the game.

This game was developed by Roland Muller and friends as a teaching tool. It is effective for both teaching new missionaries, as well as introducing church-members to the complexities of the missionary life. If you are a missionary, invite the missions committee over to your home for a meal and a board game. Be sure to provide plenty of time for the game, as it usually takes several hours for the uninitiated to play the first time.

This is also a great game for new MKs, to introduce them to the complexities of the missionary situation their parents face. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Requires movers, and dice. Download the color PDF file now for only $5, print it out on your computer' printer, and start to play. If you really like the game, you can either glue the paper to card-stock, or print on a laser printer directly onto card-stock. Recommended by Roland Muller

Master Plan
Biblical Foundations for Christian Living
By Brian Woodford
Recommended by Roland Muller
Copyright 2007, Published by Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies,
234 pages 15 cm x 22.5 cm. (6 x 9 ")

Master Plan has been written to provide a comprehensive working agenda for anyone seeking to lay biblical foundations for the church. Using over 100 New Testament images, the author describes the nature and function of the church in terms of 24 universal principles. Although written primarily as a resource for cross-cultural church planters, the biblical teaching also provides the curriculum needed to bring believers in any culture to spiritual maturity.

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 Roland Muller is known for his practical seminars on cross-cultural church-planting. Utilizing more than 30 years of missionary experience he speaks to his audience as a practitioner to practitioners. His writings on shame-base cultures have pioneered new thinking and strategies that are being used across the 10/40 Window. Reviews of his books have appeared in several places, including the Evangelical Missions Quarterly.