Review: The Hole In Our Gospel

If you’re looking for a book to read on poverty, justice and our calling as followers of Christ to preach the gospel to all nations, you won’t have to look very hard or very far. In recent years there has been an explosion of titles discussing these very topics with a modern spin on the groundbreaking book “Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger.”

What makes “The Hole In Our Gospel” particularly interesting and what had me engaged from the first few pages wasn’t so much his spin on the message that God has called his people to, as the song we like to sing in my church goes, “live to feed the hungry” and “stand beside the broken” but the story of a man who has done just that.

The book’s author is Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision U.S. How he became the World Vision president after a successful career in the corporate world that included the titles of CEO of a board game company and CEO of a luxury china company makes for an intriguing storyline. With humility and honesty, Richard recounts this journey that brought him to a heart-wrenching story of an AIDS orphan named Richard in a hut in Uganda when the book opens. It was, Stearns admits, not where he was “supposed to be.”
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