Back Home: Daily Reflections on Reentry tiny.cc/b-home
This 30-day devotional guide by Lisa Espineli Chinn is for Christians returning from living and studying abroad (international students here, North Americans studying overseas, short and long-term missionaries, etc). From the book's introduction: "These daily readings, for the first month of your return to your home country, are designed to help you navigate the reentry terrain. This is a booklet of brief thoughts and biblical reflections to help you understand the reentry process and keep your heart and mind focused on God." Back Home is availble through the InterVarsity Store (click on the picture or use the shortcut web address above).
Think Home: A Reentry Guide for Christian International Students tiny.cc/t-home
This workbook by Lisa Espineli Chinn helps Christian international students think through the challenges they will face upon returning home. It includes thought-provoking questions, exercises, Bible studies, comments from past returnees, reentry teaching, and a list of additional resources. This latest editon has been extensively updated and expanded over previous versions.Think Home is available through the InterVarsity Store (click on the picture or use the shortcut web address above).
Coming to America Returning to Your Home Country tiny.cc/c-t-a
This double booklet helps international students understand the cultural adjustments of coming to America and the unexpected challenges of returning home. The Coming to America section identifies the stages of transition and provides responses that can help improve the process. Flip the booklet over and the Returning to Your Home Country section provides early preparation for reentry, which can reduce reverse culture shock. The booklet is available through the InterVarsity Store (click on the picture or use the shortcut web address above).
Cultural Transition Bookmark tiny.cc/bkmk
This 7” x 2.5” bookmark shows how to approach differences, such as a new culture, on one side (pictured) and graphs the ups and downs of entry into a new culture and the reentry transition on the other side. These would be great, practical, low-cost gifts for new international students. They are available through the InterVarsity Store (click on the picture or use the shortcut web address above).
Burn Up or Splash Down: Surviving the Culture Shock of Re-Entry tiny.cc/bu-sd
Intended to aid the re-entry process, this encouraging, and insightful book deals with adapting to the passport culture,
identifying areas of potential struggle, dealing with the emotional challenges, finding a new job and new place to live, learning the social mores, and facilitating a smooth transition for those on the receiving end. Expatriates, missionaries, mission executives, mission pastors, mission communities, and supporters interested in easing the re-entry experience will also benefit from this book. Burn Up or Splash Down is available through InterVarsity Press (click on the picture or use the shortcut web address above) or other Christian book resellers.