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.