Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Hole in Our Gospel Book Review

A Hole is Our Gospel by Richard Stearns:  I very much enjoyed this book and learning about Richard Stearns story of his early life and how he came to World Vision.  I read part of this book to my family, and they were eager to hear more!  Stearns challenges us to look at God's calling for Christians to respond to world poverty and injustice.  He asks,"What does God expect of us?"  Stearns proposes that we have a "hole" in our gospel when we live our lives seemingly forgetting or not seeing that pain and suffering around us and around the world.  We need to be seeing our lives in the big picture of the world.  He gives many personal stories and struggles along his journey.  The end of the book includes a section by his wife giving her side of the story.  It also has a section on ways we can respond and help other right now as we answer the question of "what God expects of us" for ourselves. 

I most enjoyed reading about Stearns life and experiences with World Vision.  I did think he generalized a little too much on the church today.  The personal accounts were much more moving.     It was well-written, and I would recommend this book to others.
947001: The Hole in Our Gospel The Hole in Our Gospel

By Richard Stearns
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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