"Preach the Gospel always. Use words if necessary." - St. Francis of Assisi It's 1998 and Richard Stearns' heart is breaking as he sits in a mud hut and listens to the story of an orphaned child in Rakai, Uganda. His journey to this place took more than a long flight from the United States to Africa. It took answering God's call on his life, a ...
"Preach the Gospel always. Use words if necessary." - St. Francis of Assisi It's 1998 and Richard Stearns' heart is breaking as he sits in a mud hut and listens to the story of an orphaned child in Rakai, Uganda. His journey to this place took more than a long flight from the United States to Africa. It took answering God's call on his life, a call that hurtled him out of his presidential corner office at Lenox-America's finest tableware company-to this humble corner of Uganda. This is a story of how a corporate CEO faced his own struggle to obey God whatever the cost, and his passionate call for Christians to change the world by actively living out their faith. Using his own journey as an example, Stearns explores the hole that exists in our understanding of the Gospel. Two thousand years ago, twelve people changed the world. Stearns believes it can happen again.
Every chapter of this book compelled me to rethink and evaluate my attitude and conduct towards the poor. My responsibility as a Christian toward those in need, and the value I place on my own possessions has been challenged. Sure appreciate the vulnerability and genuineness of the author.
Oct 6, 2009
Book Review: The Hole in Our Gospel
I began to read this book and was almost in tears before Chapter Two. If you have a heart for missions or if you see the need for more Christian action and not words, you should read this book.
He is not an unknown man. Richard Stearns was CEO of a Lenox, Inc. when something or better said Someone opened his eyes to the great need of our time.
In The Hole in Our Gospel: The Answer that Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World, Richard Stearns writes of how he came to be the CEO of World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization.
What is it that power, prestige, a financial stability can never provide? The satisfaction of knowing you are seeking out those that Jesus sought during His earthly ministry. This book is a call to action for those who believe that their lives are examples of success while they turn a blind eye to the needs of the people of this world.
By revealing sins of omission as well as sins of commission, Stearns strongly takes the position that it is no longer acceptable to turn away from the hungry, the poor or the underprivileged. It should not be to Christians and it is not to God, as stated in Proverbs 24:12
If you say, ?Surely we did not know this,? Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
My personal take on this book was I was invigorated, challenged, and simply grateful to read a Christian book where the author is actually taking Jesus at His word and following His example. Our airwaves and bookstores are flooded with the principles of prosperity.
I also loved the great selections of quotes used throughout the book from some of the greatest minds like St. Francis of Assisi and C. S. Lewis. This book would be a great compliment to any library. I have donated my review copy to my home church. I recommend it highly for those who seek a deeper walk.
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Jun 24, 2009
What does God expect of us?
I picked up this book last weekend and could hardly put it down. The writer is an engaging story teller with the ability to ask the thought provoking question: What does God expect of us? in a way that really makes one consider the question, personally. One of the top reads of this year!
Publishers Weekly, 2009-01-12 Stearns, the CEO of World Vision, says Christians have a huge hole in their lives, an emptiness that comes from ignoring the plight of the poor. He details his own quest to fill this hole by leaving Lenox Inc., where he was CEO, to run a not-for-profit that helps feed, clothe, and educate children worldwide. Unlike many evangelical Christians, Stearns believes poverty is explained by something more than choices, and lifting cultures from the systemic causes of poverty requires a multi-pronged approach. This accessible book will make it into the hands of evangelical Christians who may not pick up one of the many ABA books on issues of hunger, access to clean water, malaria and AIDS. Readers of Rick Warren, Jim Wallis and N.T. Wright will find Stearns synthesizing thoughts from them as well as from economists and missionaries. This is a passionate and motivating magnum opus from the leader of one of the most recognized aid organizations in the world. The book is a surprisingly no-holds-barred prophetic voice in the wilderness crying out to rich Americans, "Repent and help your world neighbors." (Mar. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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