The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? the Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World

The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? the Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World

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? Ten years ago, Rich Stearns came face-to-face with that question as he sat in a mud hut in Rakai, Uganda, listening to the heartbreaking story of an orphaned child. WHAT DOES GOD EXPECT OF US? Is our faith just about going to church, studying the Bible and avoiding the m...

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Title:The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? the Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World
Author:Richard Stearns
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? the Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World Reviews

  • Sarah
    Sep 08, 2015
    Y'all, please pray that I can write this review without sarcasm. Because I'm struggling pretty mightily to give it to you straight here. Okay, let's start with disclaimers. Richard Stearns is the the CEO of World Vision - a Christian aid organization devoted to worldwide poverty relief...
  • Valerie Dykstra
    May 25, 2009
    The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Sterns is a book capable of changing lives; the lives of those who read it and the lives of those that benefit from our having read it. It begins with Stearns sharing his testimony and more specifically his story of leaving corporate USA to become t...
  • Mary
    Apr 10, 2012
    I love the availability and accessibility of this book, love how it helps me see Jesus, His world, and the plight of most of the people populating it. Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision, pens an almost memoiresque book, sharing his journey from upper echelon corporate execu...
  • Tim
    May 07, 2009
    Have you ever read a book you felt was written for an audience of one - you? "The Hole In Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns, the President of World Vision, U.S. is one of those books for me. My takeaway is this: "That which breaks the heart of God, should also break my heart." Mr. Ste...
  • Keiki Hendrix
    Oct 06, 2009
    I began to read this book and was almost in tears before Chapter Two. If you have a heart for missions or if you see the need for more Christian action and not words, you should read this book. He is not an unknown man. Richard Stearns was CEO of a Lenox, Inc. when something or bett...
  • Trevor
    Feb 21, 2010
    The book opens with a question it intends to answer in the 279 pages which follow. The question: "What does God expect of us?" Stearns, currently the president of World Vision, recalls just 60 days into his tenure having his bubble of satisfied security burst open. He had been the ...
  • Lyle
    Jan 15, 2012
    I had some time to get serious reading done over the past week. I pushed through most of ?Dead? Aid and finished ?Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?, as well as this gem: ?The Hole in our Gospel? by Richard Sterns. It came reccomended by a few of my friends and I thou...
  • Rebornbutterfly
    Apr 17, 2009
    This book is amazing, it will be on my favorite books of 2009, possibly even my favorite books of all time! It?s a book that you can?t walk away from unchanged or at least unchallenged. I think the most amazing thing about this book is that is is so much more than him, the autho...
  • Megan Franks
    May 26, 2010
    After I started reading this book, it was always on my mind. I expected to find the book to be somewhat of a quiet marketing tool for the author's non-profit organization (World Vision), but what I found was an excellently written, very Biblically-based challenge for Christians to step...
  • Lori Beach
    Jul 09, 2009
    I am reading this after returning from China and it is eye popping! For some reason God keeps putting World Vision in my path. I'm only halfway finished and reading it while also studying Thesslonians with my group. Sold out servants in China, this book, studying the Thesslonians and W...
  • Mitch
    Jun 30, 2012
    Giving a book like this a 2-star rating is like kicking a puppy. I don't want to offend people but I am going to approach this without the rose-colored glasses. For the record, I myself have a very good impression of World Vision and have donated substantially to its work over many ...
  • Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
    Apr 05, 2012
    At first glance, The Hole in Our Gospel seems to be an autobiography of Richard Stearns, President of World Vision. Stearns writing style is casual and engaging, so as an autobiography this book would still have been one to recommend. Amazingly though, this book is actually much much m...
  • Karen Locklear
    Jul 05, 2012
    Every so often I think about Paul?s conversion to Christianity. What amazes me is the sheer improbability of it all. An intellectual, a scholar, a man on the move up the ladder in the Jewish synagogue, a Roman citizen, converts to Christianity. This man was present at the stoning...
  • Dave
    Dec 01, 2010
    This is a difficult yet important book for anyone who claims to be Christian. In fact, I managed to put off reading it for months because I knew it would challenge some of my more selfish economic decisions. The author, Richard Stearns, is the president of World Vision, and the basic m...
  • Michael
    May 04, 2012
    The Bible mentions the poor, poverty, and justice more than 2,000 times. It mentions homosexuality about five times. Yet, were one to take the gauge of modern day Christianity, you would think that God spent the majority of His time thundering about gays. He didn't. This book was wr...
  • Jeff
    Mar 08, 2011
    Everyone really praises this book, but I feel like Richard Stearns has exchanged one hole for another. He is really good at taking his personal conviction for what is right and bringing in Scripture to support it. The result is a gospel that is void of salvation, discipleship and bibli...
  • Jon
    Dec 17, 2012
    The emphasis of this book is heavily misplaced and oversimplified. I read this book because it was touted as a gospel-centered book, but it actually presents a truncated gospel by adopting many secular humanistic solutions to poverty and third-world despair, all in the name of "the gos...
  • Maya
    Feb 21, 2011
    Richard Stearns, the CEO of World Vision begins this work by telling his own personal story of struggle to let go of a lucrative job with Lenox, a high-end silverware company, ten-bedroom home and beautiful company car, uproot his family of wife and five children to move to Seattle to ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 14, 2011
    Thank God I'm done reading this book! This guy made some good points but he is NOT a good writer! He just kept going on and on to make a simple point. It's not neccesary to quote several famous people, several verses, and tell a few hundred stories to make your point! Really, he needs ...
  • Jeff Elliott
    Jun 05, 2012
    The "Hole in Our Gospel" tells the story of Rich Stearns' journey from well-educated, blessed CEO of Lenox to becoming the head of World Vision. p. 16 The kingdom of which Christ spoke was one in which the poor, the sick, the grieving, cripples, slaves, women, children, widows, orp...
  • Jason Mccool
    May 15, 2012
    "The Hole in Our Gospel" is by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision. It's a very challenging book that looks at the role of Christians in helping the poor, the sick, and the oppressed around the world. His story is unique in the fact that he was a successful CEO with no intention...
  • Dean Anderson
    Feb 21, 2012
    Let me start by saying that I agree completely when the major thrust of this book, God through Scripture has called us to care for the poor and the Western church in particular needs to respond to this call from Scripture. If you haven?t read this book, stop reading this review no...
  • Theresa
    Jul 22, 2012
    This is written by the CEO of World Vision, and it relates how he became the CEO, even though he was not looking for it. This book deals with the public expectations that come with being a Christian. Most American Christians focus on the personal relationship aspect of Christianity, bu...
  • Bryon
    Dec 09, 2012
    0 inShare "The Hole in our Gospel," a new book by Richard Stearns, analyzes modern Christendom's commitment to the whole Gospel, not just the altar call. "More and more, our view of the Gospel has been narrowed to a simple transaction, marked by checking a box on a bingo c...
  • allison
    Aug 21, 2013
    One of the best books I have ever read! Everyone should read "the Hole in the Gospel" even if you are not a christian. The information that Richards Stearns shares about the disparity in our world between wealth and poverty, and the american way of life and that of the rest of the worl...
  • Ivan
    Mar 25, 2013
    There?s much to commend and even applaud in the book. Stearns very honestly traces how his faith was a private faith; he saw no need to step out of his comfort zone and get into the messy needs of those around him and around the globe. So throughout the book he wants Christians to st...
  • Cadena
    Dec 18, 2018
    Really challenged by chapters 18, 19, 22 and 25. As believers in Christ and knowing our call to share each others' burdens, we really need to step it up. ...
  • Linda Joy
    Jul 01, 2018
    If I could make the American Church read one book, I?m pretty sure this would be it. ...
  • Heather Bottoms
    Nov 30, 2016
    This book helped me to explore the many complicated facets of poverty and challenged me as a Christian to consider my responsibility in working to help address it. It was sobering to take a hard look at the enormous disparity in economic opportunity, and the widespread hunger and illne...
  • JonathanT
    Sep 21, 2016
    2 stars. While I would probably agree with the main points being made about Christians needing to help the poor and such, there was still a lot in this that I wouldn't necessarily agree with. Not the least of which, is the whole concept of a 'hole' in our gospel. Because here's the...