Spiritual Survival Handbook

Posted on: 
August 25, 2022

Spiritual Survival Handbook for Cross-Cultural Workers, by Dr. Robert S. Miller was published in 2011 by the BottomLine Media. This book is a concise guide to the essentials of spiritual survival for those working in cross-cultural situations.

Most of the content of this book is divided into seven short chapters, each focusing on a different word that Miller notes to be an area of importance for ministry. Each chapter title begins with the word know followed by one of these seven important words. This title structure helps to rivet in one’s mind that the seven principles must be understood and guarded for spiritual well-being amidst the stressful environment of cross-cultural ministry.

In the first chapter, Miller stresses the importance of a strong relationship with God. “Without the living water, there is no living, vital ministry” (p.12). This relationship must be cultivated through daily discipline. Some days the fellowship will be sweet; other days it will seem like a constant battle of the will. But even in times of difficulty, the relationship must be pursued. This dogged pursuit of God is the core of spiritual survival.

Chapter 3 focuses on common ways used by Satan to limit or destroy the effectiveness of one’s ministry. 1). Weariness: “The missionary life is not a sprint; it is a marathon” (p.39). We get tired from the daily grind. Satan then attempts to make our work look completely overwhelming. At times like this, we need to step back, refocus, and then step into the battle again. 2). Distancing: If Satan can get us to inch away from God, we will find ourselves separated from the very source of our strength. However, walking by the Spirit ensures spiritual victory. The enemy has no hope with God right beside us.

The missionary will encounter many different situations that have the potential to destroy his work. Some of these situations are addressed in chapter 4, entitled “Know Your Terrain.” With each situation, Miller gives the survival tactic. Whether its carnal temptations, stress-filled moments, or relationship struggles, we must be alert for things in our environment that will hinder us. Perhaps more importantly, we need to look for ways to change our terrain into a positive environment.

The above-mentioned points are just a few of the gems Miller offers in this important work. This book is highly recommended for bringing into focus the essentials of spiritual survival. Success is possible, but will not happen as a second thought. It must be central to everything we do.


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  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10