I just finished reading Richard Stearns Unfinished. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's a call for individuals and the church to the Great Commission. Stearns believes the American church has become too relaxed in living out their faith. He believes that we have lost our sense of urgency with the Great Commission, both as individuals and as a church. We have been left as Jesus' ambassadors in this world, but we are not rising to the mission.
My husband enjoyed his discussion of our spiritual GPS in the chapter on "Called for a Purpose" - how we need to commit, pray, prepare, obey, act and trust. I thought his chapter on "Outposts of the Kingdom" was a good chapter, referring to the church.
He also includes a study guide and shares ways we can live out our faith in the closing chapters. I would recommend this book.
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from Richard Stearns, author of the bestselling <em>The Hole In Our Gospel</em>, comes his next book <em>Unfinished</em>.
if books had taglines, like movies, <em>Unfinished</em> would have two...
"Believing is only the beginning."
"So you believe in God. Now what?"
<em>Unfinished</em> seeks to promote the proclamation and practice of the Kingdom of God. it seeks to wrestle with and answer challenging questions about our lives, careers, money, families, and purpose in life.
Stearns is an excellent storyteller and writer. he engages the Bible and the real world with passion and compassion, hoping that his readers and the Church will join in with God's mission in the world today.
<em>Unfinished</em> is a challenging read. wonderfully written, it's a thought-provoking book that will make you see and think about things differently. it may push you and make you uncomfortable, or it may affirm and confirm some things for you. it did all four for me.
Do you ever wonder why Jesus left? As Ascension Day draws near (this year, on May 9th), the question bears contemplation. Take a moment to re-read Acts 1:10-11: "They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. â€˜Men of Galilee,' they said, â€˜Why do you stand here looking into the sky?' " Why, indeed? For a time, Rich Stearns thought about calling his new book, "Looking at the Sky," a title inspired by that moment described in Acts. I know this because I'm part of the communications team at World Vision, and have the privilege of helping support Rich on his book projects. He liked that title because before Jesus' ascension, he charged the disciples with a critical missionâ€”to launch a spiritual and social revolution that would change the world and to demonstrate the love of God to all. In the end, the book title became Unfinishedâ€”appropriate not only because as Acts 1 reveals, our work on earth isn't yet finished, but neither are we yet finished. That critical mission? Still not done. What is your role in finishing the mission? Unfinished will help you discover the life God created you to live and your own fulfillment of the promise of the resurrection. He is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!