Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Hole In Our Gospel - Book Review

This is my most recent review for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers program. Enjoy.

Book Description

"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.

My Review:

"What Does God Expect of Us?" This question is posed by Stearns on the cover of his book, and is asked regularly throughout the book. Never have I been more challenged by a book, never. The Hole In Our Gospel has changed my life. And it will change yours too. In fact, I truly believe that every Christian SHOULD read this book!

Richard Stearns does has a remarkable story of going from having "the American Dream" to giving it all up to obey God's call on his life. Wow! Though his path to following this call was not easy, Stearns obeyed and challenges all those who call themselves Christians to do the same. He was a modern day Moses, who chose to obey. We HAVE to do the same

Stearns explains the answer to "What Does God Expect of Us?" Easy - love the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul; love our neighbors; and, go into the world and preach the good news. Sounds simple, but it is so not, as anyone can say.

The one thing that I have walked away with after reading A Hole In Our Gospel is that even if I do a little to help those less fortunate, I am doing my part. I have to do something, we all have to....whether its going on Missions overseas, supporting missionaries, serving at your local food bank or soup kitchen...does not matter...."whatever you do for the least of these, you do unto me" - Jesus.

Its so hard to hear that over 26,000 children die everyday because of poverty....we as Christians need to stand up and do the right thing by tomorrow will be too late. One of the quotes from the book which really struck me was: "live as if Christ died yesterday, rose today, and is coming back tomorrow".

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