The Hole in Our Gospel: What does God expect of Us? The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World Hardcover – Mar 10 2009
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About the Author
Richard Stearns has served as president of World Vision U.S. since 1998, having formerly been the CEO of Parker Bros. Games and Lenox, Inc. He and his wife, Reneé, have five children of their own and millions more around the world.
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Richard Stearns came from poor roots, rose the corporate ladder, lived the American dream and gave it all up for the sake of a whole gospel. He tells his story of being at the "top of his game" to joining the real game, God's game. Rich argues that there is a hole in the American gospel because we are ignoring all the passages that talk about taking care of the poor and needy in the world. As President of World Vision U.S., Stearns shows us how we can fix the gospel and make it whole again.
Don't read this book unless you are ready for God to touch your heart.
I will start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Don't get me wrong, it was often tough to read about the pain and suffering of my fellow sisters and brothers around the world, but it is all stuff that desperately needs to be said! People need to hear this and read this book! I work in this field of trying to care for the poor, orphaned and widowed, albeit on a much smaller scale than World Vision, but it was a great refresher of what God has called me and all of us to.
In his book "The Hole in Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns, the President of World Vision USA,
surprised me at how honest and open he was with his own short comings and failure to realize or answer the call of God, and when he did so, it was with fear and trepidation. Seriously, he admits to just crawling in bed a weeping crying out to God before he finally decides to take the job.
Stearns is a great writer. The book is well thought out and seems to follow a logical flow of information. There are five basic parts 1. A Hole in My Gospel-And Maybe Yours 2. The Hole Gets Deeper 3. A Hole in the World 4. A Hole in the Church and 5. Repairing the Hole.
He starts off the book with several stories of people that he has met in his travels, many of them absolutely gut wrenching to read and had me sobbing by the end.Read more ›
The structure of the book is fairly straightforward. Stearns begins in parts one and two with describing his own personal journey toward realizing that care for the poor was part of the gospel. He then gives us a lay of the land globally in part three. An arsenal of statistics, stories, and studies is marshaled to give readers an idea of just how dire the situation is for the world's poor. Part four is an indictment of the church. Stearns is fairly blunt about how little we actually do for the poor as Christ's body in the modern West (one of the chapters is called 'Two percent of Two Percent' to highlight just how little of our income we actually give to world relief). Finally, Stearns closes the book with a call to action. Part five provides a whole list of practical ways to get started, from where to give to what to do to what to read, once we become aware of the scope of the need and our mandate as Jesus' followers to be a part of the solution.
Despite all of the statistics and data, this book is an intensely personal one for Stearns. The hole in our gospel began with a realization of the hole in his gospel.Read more ›
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Amazing book, every believer in the world must read this book...Published 15 months ago by andrew burton
This book is aimed at American (and possibly other nationalities) evangelicals who are beginning to think about moving from personal holiness only toward a more holistic... Read morePublished on May 19 2011 by M. Dunlop
In reading The Hole in our Gospel, I was coming in with a blank slate, not knowing who Richard Stearns was. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2010 by Lyndon Unger
This book combines Stearns deep and personal experience of God working in his life and makes a very direct challenge to North American Christians. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2010 by Jeff W. Smyth
Did you know that if you are reading this post, you are probably very wealthy and didn't even know it? Read morePublished on July 12 2009 by C. L. Wiebe
"What Does God Expect of Us?" This question is posed by Stearns on the cover of his book, and is asked regularly throughout the book. Read morePublished on July 8 2009 by Shirley Rempel