Monday, July 26, 2010
THE HOLE IN OUR GOSPEL by Richard Stearns * Book Review
This book was extremely wonderful and terrible to read. My passions are ignited, and to that I am excited! I am also heart-broken and horrified to not just read statistics, but to hear stories of how "we" are dropping the ball on so many of our brethren. I never felt that Richard was trying to "guilt-trip" anyone into doing more or giving more; instead he had an encouraging style where you felt caught up in his passion and excitement to become involved. Because his story includes so much of the World Vision organization, there is a lot of reference to them, but again, no pressure to choose them exclusively with which to invest. I felt as though he was trying to open the eyes of those who simply do not realize the extent of what is going on in our world and to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds." (Hebrews 10:24)
I would recommend this book to anyone who claimed to be a Christian, and even those who do not. It is an eye-opening book to the struggles of the poor and the effects of non-action, both real and perceived. In a culture who's greatest goals seem to be to take care of our "own," and to simply walk by, Mr. Stearns reminds us of who our neighbors really are, and what we do or don't do reveals who we are as well.
*This book was provided to me at no cost by Thomas Nelson Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts are solely my own and I receive no benefits for positive reviews.