Sojourner's Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally


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Sojourners are people who venture far from home to live in a foreign place and culture. They have amazing adventures and experience significant fulfillment, but along with the adventure and fulfillment comes a unique set of stressors, losses, and struggles: struggles in understanding a different culture, a new language, a new identity and in figuring out how to balance many demands with legitimate personal needs. Fatigue is a frequent and understandable result. This workbook is designed to help the new sojourner, or an experienced one, to develop personal skills for managing the stress, mourning the losses, and crafting a lifestyle that leads to sojourner health on every level. Throughout each chapter, psychologically based coping skills are integrated with Scriptural truth and spiritual disciplines to provide a foundation for healthy cross-cultural living and effective relationships that last for the long term. Connie Befus, Ph.D., grew up in Africa and has also lived in Central and South America. Crossing cultures, and watching others struggle in cross-cultural adaptation led her to do her doctoral dissertation research on culture shock. She has used her research, her experience overseas and her expertise as a psychologist to train, counsel and encourage cross-cultural workers for over 35 years. She loves to help people integrate truths from God’s word and the practice of spiritual disciplines with appropriate psychological research and techniques—for healthy, vibrant lives and service.