Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

The Hole in Our Gospel is part inspiring biography, part convicting sermon. It is the story of how a successful CEO allowed his convictions to determine how he would live his life in a world full of suffering and need. It is also a call for the Church in America to allow those same convictions to change the way it does ministry in the world.

The need in the world is made ever so clear in the stories and statistics Stearns shares in this book, but he is also quick to point out that it is not a hopeless situation. The saddest thing about Stearns message is the discovery that the Church could be doing so much more. The book does a good job of exploring the reasons why more is not being done, but ways that can change are presented as well.

This is a timely book. It is highly recommended for anyone who considers themselves a Christian in Western Culture today. Just be prepared to face some unpleasant realities both in poverty stricken regions of the world and perhaps in your own way of thinking.

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