The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer that Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World, Large Print
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Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Christian Large Print
Publication Date: 2010
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"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.
aroseneversmelledsosweet5 Stars Out Of 5The Greatness That Is This BookDecember 4, 2014aroseneversmelledsosweetQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, is a memoir regarding Stearns captivating journey toward true Christianity. Stearns goes from the CEO of Lenox Tablewares to the president of World Vision when called by God to make the switch. Stearns is truthful and blatantly honest about his journey and what is missing in todays Christianity. He uses parables to portray his journey and to compel other to do the same. It is enthralling, with stories of brokenness and healing. This book shows and tells through captivating chapters that make the reader want to read more. It will change your perspective on topics such as hunger, service, and what really matters in the world. It will convict you to want to act and make the world a better place for all of mankind. I recommend this book to people of all ages, though the younger generation may have a more difficult time getting through it.
suzy5 Stars Out Of 5the hole in our gospelAugust 27, 2014suzyvery good read - thought provoking!
Howard WardPonchatoula, LAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A message that the world needs now!December 19, 2013Howard WardPonchatoula, LAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very well written book that each one of us should read
and apply the message that God places on your heart!
Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Assesses The Junction Of Faith And WorksOctober 12, 2013Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book, by the president of World Vision, a charitable organization focusing on the needs of impoverished, neglected, and abused children, argues for what I would call "militant Christianity", by which I mean a "hands on" approach to human want in a world dominated by war, injustice, oppression, disease, famine, poverty, and other visible ills. Refreshingly, the author, a conservative Christian, does not diagnose the source of these ills as "sin" (the rain does not stop falling in Africa because Babylon is partying in New York). That alone makes the book's Christian basis not only thoughtful, but also compelling. The basic message is this: if you follow Jesus, then what are you going to do for the (very real and acute) needs of others? Note the form (a question), with implied answers. If the answer is a hand-wringing: what can I do?, your response (as I read the author's intent), amounts to: I don't care (in one form or another). If the answer is: whatever I can, your response (again, as I read the author's intent) is: alright, Lord, what do you want me to do? (very risky). It is easy to see why those who profess to follow Jesus fall into a soporific "comfortable Christianity" of the sort which the author eschews. Interestingly, however, the author does not overstate the case for Jesus as social revolutionary. The "casebook" illustrations simply show how acute the pain of others in need is (e.g., orphaned children in a country whose infrastructure is all but non-existent). The appeal is to the heart. It is the heart which, because of the teachings of Jesus, demands a response. Channeling that response into effective action is also a component of the author's message. The book has its shortcomings. It is overly long on the "casebook" side, probably by about one-quarter. The author also states, but does not develop, the very significant thesis that "culture blindness" obscures what the author calls "our sins of apathy and judgment", a phenomenon which is as alive today (e.g., response to AIDS victims) as it has been historically (e.g., responses to racism and slavery). As a result of this underdevelopment, the author's summary observation, that "the institutional Church often fails to rise above and challenge the popular culture and values", is both inaccurate, and waters down individual responsibility for the shortfall between professed faith (e.g., I follow Jesus) and its demonstration in works conformable to basic precepts of that faith (e.g., love one another as I have loved you; Jn. 15:12). I believe that the author was reaching for development of this thesis, but that it somehow got sidetracked (I am not sure why). That is the "hole" which remains in the author's conception of the gospel. Nevertheless, the book is very readable, and admirable as a call to action for professing Christians. Recommended for those who wonder whether and how they could do more to manifest their faith in Jesus.
HoldenDurham, NCAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Should be required reading for every ChristianJuly 31, 2013HoldenDurham, NCAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5THis was one of the most moving books I have read that personalized what it means to be a Christian and how much we need to do, should do, and could do with only a little investment of ourselves in the message of Jesus.
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