The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

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?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. Stearns' journey there took much more than a long flight to Africa. It too...

Details The Hole in Our Gospel

TitleThe Hole in Our Gospel
Release DateMar 1st, 2009
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreChristian, Nonfiction, Religion, Christianity, Faith, Christian Living, Theology, Christian Non Fiction, Social Movements, Social Justice, Spirituality

Reviews The Hole in Our Gospel

  • Mitch
    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 years. I will go right on supporting it too. I am in favor of this book's inevitable outcome, which is that many more people will read it and be moved to donate. This i...
  • Michael
    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 written by the President of World Vision, a Christian organization that is dedicated to helping poor children around the world. My family and I are honored to be sponsors...
  • JonathanT
    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 gospel I know: Jesus died on the cross so that those who believe on His name can be forgiven of their sins. I'm not seeing any holes there. It's a beautiful, perfect p...
  • Jeff
    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 biblical principles and replaced with social justice, eliminating poverty and the distribution of wealth. Those ideas aren't necessarily bad in principle, but they can't...
  • Megan Franks
    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 up and obey the commands that appear throughout the Bible asking us to take care of the poor and voiceless. Stearns's call-to-action is not a call to a social gosp...
  • Trevor
    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 CEO of Lenox, a luxury tableware company, who lived in a ten-bedroom house, drove a Jaguar, and flew first-class to business destinations around the world. In those day...
  • Valerie Dykstra
    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 the president of World Vision. His testimony alone could justify a book in itself.After leading the reader through his struggle with accepting the call to lead World Vis...
  • Dean Anderson
    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 now. Not because there are spoilers, but because I want now to talk about quibbles I have with the book. And I would hate to think my quibbles would keep someone from re...
  • Linda Joy
    If I could make the American Church read one book, I’m pretty sure this would be it.
  • Karen Locklear
    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 of Stephen. It makes absolutely no sense. But God knows who He wants on His team. So really it doesn’t have to make sense to us because what do we even know? I finis...
  • Rachel
    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 to read some Hemmingway before he tries to write another book! Regardless of the author serious lack of writing ablitity he did make some great points and I learned...
  • Cadena
    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.
  • Jeff Elliott
    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. 16The kingdom of which Christ spoke was one in which the poor, the sick, the grieving, cripples, slaves, women, children, widows, orphans, lepers, and aliens--the "least of these"--were to be lifted up and embraced by God. It was a world order in which justice was to become a reality, first in the hear...
  • Bryon
    0inShare"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 card at some prayer breakfast, registering a decision for Christ or coming forward during an altar call," says Stearns, director of World Vision in the United States.Stearns strongl...
  • Sarah
    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. I began giving regularly to World Vision as a college student. I have donated additional monies recently. I will donate in the future. So while I'm not entirely u...
  • Lyle
    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 thought I would give it a shot. I came with the expectations that it would follow the same line of thought David Platt presents in “Radical”. Not only do I recommen...
  • Keiki Hendrix
    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 better said Someone opened his eyes to the great need of our time.In The Hole in Our Gospel: The Answer that Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World, Richard Stearn...
  • Mary
    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 executive to lamenting over those ravaged by poverty and disease.A stunning reminder. A wake up call. A solid exegesis of Scripture.What I particularly found compelling ...
  • Jason Mccool
    "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 intentions of joining a nonprofit organization when World Vision approached telling him that after much praying, he was the man God wanted them to offer their CEO position t...
  • Dave
    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 message of the book is this: It's not acceptable for followers of Christ in the developed world to hoard wealth and ignore the great need of suffering people everywh...
  • Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
    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 more than an autobiography and therefore is one of the best Christian books I have ever read! At the heart of the book is the idea that we, as pampered overly-blesse...
  • Tim
    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. Stearns mentions this throughout the book and it is the underlying theme of his story as well as the stories of others called to take action. There are heart breaking stor...
  • Maya
    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 become CEO of a world-wide charitable organization. Stearns tells his story to reveal what many Christian believers in America experience; the struggle to apply bib...
  • Lori Beach
    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 World Vision in my path and at the same time. Changing, growing, learning......I am in Maui on vacation and just finished this book. It is difficult to be vacationin...
  • Rebornbutterfly
    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 author and me, reader. It’s about a community of men and women who has an urgent calling to make a difference in the world, by repairing this “hole” in our gospel. Thi...
  • Jon Sedlak
    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 gospel" of course, while also excluding biblical laws which explicitly teach different (and sometimes contrary) principles for social order and reform. For instance, t...
  • Theresa
    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, but this author wants us to explore the public aspect, what God expects from us.There are times when the stats are overwhelming, but the end of the book provides some...
  • Ivan
    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 stop being so ingrown and not simply believe some facts about Christ that require any real sacrifice. Amen. I agree. But as the book progresses, it seems that he shor...
  • allison
    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 world is eye opening and presented in a way that can only make you want to embrace being part of the change that is necessary to make earth a better world for all. This...
  • Heather Bottoms
    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 illness throughout the world. But Stearns puts forth a compelling invitation for individuals, and the church, to be an active participant in working to alleviate poverty...