Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns

Richard Stearns is the president of World Vision U.S. and in this book he asks us the big question, “What does God expect of us?” He calls us to embrace the whole gospel by being active in our faith. To demonstrate the importance of this, he carries the reader through his personal journey from success as a corporate CEO, to a more profound success by carrying out God’s will in his own life.

By asking, “Are you willing to be open to God’s will for your life?” Richard took me out of my comfort zone just as he was taken out of his. And for this, it is well worth the read.

The book shines the most through his personal experiences and the stories he tells of the real people he encountered in the poorest countries of the world. The book, however, slows down in the middle because, although at times astounding, he’s a little too heavy on the statistics for my liking. He also had a tendency to be a little repetitive.

Apart from that the book is well worth reading and covers some important issues in today’s world.

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.


Just Be Real said...

Lyn interesting. Never heard of the book nor the author. Thanks for the mini review.

“Are you willing to be open to God’s will for your life?”

Great topic.

Lynda Young said...

Yeah, it's not one I'd normally go for but the title caught me ;)

Andrea said...

Thank you for all your sweet comments on arise 2 write.

Lynda Young said...

Blessings to you also, Andrea

Rita said...

Sounds like the book is well worth the read. Our personal relationship with the Lord is all that matters in the end. Thanks for the review.

Missie said...

I read this too...I loved his testimony!

sarah said...

I love reading about real people and how they overcome stuff...will have to check this book out.

Lynda Young said...

Rita, welcome to my blog. Our personal relationship with our Lord matters so much, but the author of this book challenges us to also care for the "orphans and widows" as a sign of that relationship. It's very well done.

Lynda Young said...

Missie, welcome. Yes, his personal experience is the best part of the whole book.

Sarah, it's worth it :) The book also won an award as well.

Melanie Redd said...


Thanks for sharing about this book. I almost bought it the other day, but I wasn't sure.

I'll check it out a little further!

Blessings to you,