Monday, June 14, 2010

The Hole in our Gospel

What does God expect of us?  Is our faith just about going to church, studying the Bible and avoiding the most serious sins -- or does God expect more?  Have we embraced the whole gospel or a gospel with a hole in it?

This is an excerpt from the back cover of Richard Stearns' book, "The Hole in our Gospel"  in which he explores these questions and challenges his readers to re-examine the depth of their faith, to step out and care for the widow and the orphan, the poor and needy of our world.  He begins the Prologue with an account of him sitting with a young boy of 13 years who was orphaned and caring for his younger brothers in Uganda... a powerful story that brings tears to your eyes.  Stearns then tells of how God called him to be the President of World Vision, his struggles and insecurities of leaving a lush, affluent lifestyle and a world he was familiar with to a life of complete surrender and service to the Lord - a world full of hunger, sickness, utter poverty.  The book ends with a Question and Answer section from Stearns' wife, as well as a Study Guide for personal use or use with a small group.  All in all, this was a deeply moving book and I would recommend it to everyone who longs to wholeheartedly follow Jesus.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program.  I was not required to post a favorable review- the opinions/review posted are my own.

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