inREVIEW — The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns

by Lee Buford on June 23, 2010


How many times have you heard, “this book will change your life”?

Yeah…met too, and it’s not often that I agree with that presumption relative to a given book. That said, I believe this is one such book. If it won’t necessarily change your life, it will likely change your view of the scope of the gospel itself, and it will challenge you to do more for others.
If you desire to seek and follow God’s calling on your life, you will likely be radically changed by what Richard Stearns shares throughout this book. In a nutshell you will be challenged to answer a few key questions that will shape the rest of your life as follower of Jesus Christ:
  • What type of Gospel have you embraced?
  • Are you willing to be open to God’s will for your life?
  • What are you going to do about what you’ve seen, heard, and learned?

Stearns’ story, in itself, is a portrait of God’s calling and equipping His children for service according to His purposes. From corporate CEO to president of World Vision U. S., Stearns’ personal journey models the reluctant submission to God’s plan and calling, and he consistently reminds others that his decision has ultimately been a blessing beyond anything he imagined. And most importantly, he will challenge you to do the same.

What does God expect from us? Stearns provides a simple list of three expectations as an answer:

  1. We are to love God.
  2. We are to love our neighbors.
  3. We are to go and make disciples of others who will do the same.

The book is filled with scripture, references, stories, and challenges, all of which encourage a higher level of commitment to service and discipleship for and amongst God’s church. His challenge is directed at both the individual Christian as well as the “Big C” church:

If we in the Church are truly dedicated to the Great Commission, then we will first have to do something about the “Great Omission.” We will never effectively demonstrate Christ’s love to the world, if we cannot first demonstrate it to the Church—the whole Church, and that includes those struggling just to survive.

Read this book and embrace its message. God will be glorified. The world will be changed. We will all be better for it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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