Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Hole In The Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us?
By: Richard Stearns
Thomas Nelson / 2009

Book Description: The Hole in Our Gospel is the compelling true story of a corporate CEO who set aside worldly success for something far more significant, and discovered the full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to change his own life. He uses his journey to demonstrate how the gospel was always meant to be a world-changing social revolution, a revolution that begins with you.

In Review: My cousin, Hannah, is about to return from her summer mission trip to Uganda. Our youth pastor just resigned to accept the call to be Director of Aid Sudan. They have not only heard God's whisper in their lives, they have stepped out of the boat and taken a step of faith to follow God.

Richard Stearns did the same thing when he felt God nudging him as he sat in a mud hut listening to the story of an orphaned child. What he heard God whisper were startling statistics: "26,500 children died yesterday. 26,500 died today. 26,500 will die tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, all due to poverty-related causes. But each of these deaths is preventable, provided those with means each do a part to combat the poverty and hunger that is rampant in many parts of the world." Richard made a decision that would take him from the corporate glitz of leading the Lennox corporation to walking dusty roads on a mission that would eventually lead him to be the president of World Vision.

Richard believes that twelve men changed the world 2,000 years ago and Christians can change the world again. What we need to do is fill the hole in our Gospel with God's love and commands.

I would not recommend reading this book if you are comfortable in your place of complacency, but if you have a desire to move forward and be challenged in your life for God, I highly recommend this book.

To Nathan and Hannah, continue on!

"Preach the Gospel always. Use words if necessary." - St. Francis of Assisi

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1 comment:

Melissa B. said...

Yet another to add to my Summer Reading List! Thanks so much for showcasing these books over the last few weeks. And BTW, please don't forget to visit my Silly Sunday Sweepstakes. Your sense of humor will fit right in!