Friday, May 29, 2009

Book Review: The Hole in our Gospel

Every once in a great while I run across a book so relevant, inspiring and convicting that I want every one I know to read it. The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns is one of those books.

This is a book I highlighted, pondered, and read out loud to whoever would listen. In it, Mr. Stearns, president of World Vision, shares his own story of being pulled from his "American dream" life to work among the world's poorest.

Reading Mr. Stearn's testimony is reason enough to pick up this book. He writes from a place I could completely relate to. He did not condemn me or the church, but he did issue the challenge to do more. He challenged Christians throughout the book to "embody the gospel so that others can see, hear, and feel God's love in tangible ways", and to present the whole gospel to the world instead of just "going to church, studying the Bible and avoiding the most serious sins."

Throughout the book Mr. Stearns discusses the issue of poverty and the American churches lack of response to it. He shares stories of people who were able to rise above poverty and ways we can help more people do the same. He encourages the reader to take the time, talents and treasure God has given, search out God's purpose for themselves and act to change the world.
The message in this book is an important one. I hope many people read it, and more importantly, I hope many people are moved to action as a result.

5 comments:

Carrie said...

When is the contest? I want to win it! As one who participates in the World Vision program, I have always wanted to know more about story behind the personal conviction that has influenced so many lives.

Jami said...

Yes, I would love to borrow this one!! :)

Renata said...

Sounds like a wonderful book - I'll look for it next time I'm in Koorong. I don't think I would pick it up due to the title, but now I've read your review I'd love to read it - thanks for doing this!

Taylor said...

Sounds like a great book! I definately would like to read myself. It also sounds like something I am very passionate about too - not just hording the gospel but lovingly presenting it to everyone who touches our lives - not just being a hearer of the word but a doer! Thanks for sharing!!

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