Looking for good books about reverse culture shock or repatriation? There are several books available for missionaries and expats who are transitioning back to the USA to give you insight on what the transition is like. It’s not an easy transition and sometimes it is helpful to have others tell you about what their experiences have been. Here is a list of books I’ve come across…
One of my goals for this blog is to provide some book reviews on these books, but we’ll start with a list. I welcome your suggestions as to other books you have found that are available about re-entry or reverse culture shock.
General Books on Reverse Culture Shock for Missionaries/Expats
Good overview of missionary re-entry, as well as, how to transition children back to the USA.
Written by a YWAM missionary, this book offers a look at re-entry issues specific to missionary community.
A good overview of the repatriation transition written for a broad range of people including expats, military families, exchange students, missionaries, etc. This is a very thorough and comprehensive look at reentry and reverse culture shock issues.
This is a funny good read from written from the perspective of an expat spouse. Good thoughts about moving back to the USA and making a new life in your new home.
This is a great book about Transitions. Lots of really practical tips.
This book comes recommended as a good resource for anyone who is transitioning to a new place. It is not specifically written for those moving back to the USA, but is for anyone making a new home in a new place. This ministry also has community groups that you can find out about through their website.
This book is written primarily for the expat community. It includes a brief workbook. At first glance, it has helpful information, but was not written by a native English speaker so can be awkwardly worded in places.
I have no personal experience with this book, but it’s on my list of “books to read.”
This book appears to have good reviews, but be currently out of print. Another one for my reading list.
Melissa Chaplin has put together a very complete workbook to help you process your reentry experience. This workbook is designed for those who are looking to debrief their experience overseas. The book also touches on processing your spiritual journey during re-entry. This is not one to read, but a book to do. It is a well thought out, complete, debriefing tool. Check it out: Returning Well.
Books on Helping Others Process Reentry and Reverse Culture Shock
This book focuses on helping churches and supporters at home know how to care for missionaries moving back to the USA.
This is a great book for therapists focusing specifically on counseling those who have lived internationally.
Books on Helping Children with Transition and Reverse Culture Shock
Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds by David C Pollock
A classic on TCK’s. A must read.
I’m sure there are more books out there to add to this list. What are some of your favorites??