Across the Street and Around the World

Reviewed by: Hope Livingston, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, IN




Title: Across the Street and Around the World

Author: Jeannie Marie

Publisher: Nelson Books

Publication Date: October 2018

Format: Print Book

Length: 255 pages


Across the Street and Around the World by Jeannie Marie is a mission-minded, evangelical guide. Marie guides the reader through how to engage with people who are different from us and from our culturally Western, Christian perspective. She begins by explaining how to engage locally, then speaks about short-term mission involvement, and ends with exploring global mission callings.

I am not sure that this book is the most effective when it comes to communicating its intended message because of its voice. There are a multiple statements that might cause the reader to question their trust in the author based off of her seemingly unaware tone, such as culturally insensitive phrasings. For example, the introduction story describes a refugee woman whose name “sounded Muslim”; therefore, she then had to meet her.

On the flipside, Marie does make many valid points that are helpful and beneficial, but because of the questionable voice and insensitive phrasing that can be found as quickly as in the first few pages, her credibility is questionable.

The book has many helpful tools for deeper study in the back of the book, including how to apply the teachings in the book and a small group plan.


Rating (1 to 5)

2.5 stars

Suggested Audience

Strictly white, middle-upper class, American, Christian women

Christian Impact

Overall, her heart is in the right place and she encourages good thoughts on how to love others well.


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Across the Street and Around the World: Following Jesus to the Nations in Your Neighborhood…and Beyond

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