Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

I received The Hole in Our Gospel as part of the Book Review Bloggers program with Thomas Nelson. Richard Stearns is president of World Vision U.S. and in this book he puts out a call to Christians to embrace the whole gospel and get serious about bringing God’s love to a world that is full of injustice.

Stearns has managed to avoid what could easily have become a depressing, guilt inducing read to produce an inspiring call to action and self-examination. His honest appraisal of his own attempts to avoid God’s call on his life and his ongoing struggle to really care about the plight of the poor coupled with stories of ordinary people making a difference through small actions encouraged me.

“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God” is a prayer by Bob Pierce founder of World Vision and it’s a prayer we should be praying today. There’s plenty that breaks God’s heart and Stearns uses personal stories to put faces to the statistics – have some tissues handy. A definite recommendation if you don’t mind being challenged out of your comfort zone.


jkuntz said...

Thank you for commenting on Rich Stearns’ new book, The Hole in Our Gospel. To find out more information about the book and Stearns, you can visit You’ll find on this site a lot of great resources and supplemental material to the book. You can also read Rich’s blog and engage in a forum discussion there. It’s a fantastic site – I encourage you to check it out!

Brook said...

Thanks for sharing the info. I will certainly check it out.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book to read. Thanks for your review, Mel.

God Bless
A-M ( from N4D)