Crossing Cultures

I am reading "Crossing Cultures" by Patty Lane for the AGTS class that I took "Counseling with Special Populations." It is a great book and helping me to understand so much about different cultures. I recommend this book to anyone who has friends, coworkers, or church members that are from other cultures. It is so important that we stop being ethnocentric. Ethnocentrism is the belief that one's own culture, race, or ethnicity is the best. A portion that I read really opened my eyes. This girl from Egypt, who was studying in the U.S. made this comment to her N. American friend, "Americans have their schedules and that is their god. How can a real Christian survive here?" As N. American's we are so "doing" orientated that other cultures view us as insensitive and uncaring. As lovers of people and ultimately lovers of God it is our job to be aware and sensitive to those around us so we can accurately portray the gospel of Jesus Christ to those from all races and cultures.

"We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams." --Jimmy Carter

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