Book Review: The Hole in Our Gospel


The Hole in Our Gospel: The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World by Richard Stearns (Thomas Nelson).

This book combines Stearns deep and personal experience of God working in his life and makes a very direct challenge to North American Christians. Stearns tells the story of how he came from being a wealthy and successful Christian businessman to becoming the President of World Vision-USA.

Stearns shares his personal story of how God worked in his life in a very intimate way. How God surprised him and moved him into a greater understanding of what it means to believe the whole Gospel, not just certain parts that are personal and that’s where it ends. The whole Gospel as Stearns shares involves each on of us evaluating our own personal goals and lifestyles and if they parallel with what God has truly asked us to do for this world. Stearns issues a thought provoking challenge through his own personal story.

The Hole in Our Gospel is an excellent corrective challenge for youth workers. It will allow you the opportunity to think about the Gospel differently and view the world through a new set of lenses. The only question that you will have to answer after reading this book is, “How will you and youth ministry be different after reading this book?”

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One thought on “Book Review: The Hole in Our Gospel

  1. definitely a great book for youth workers – i think the book works best for the unconverted in areas of justice (pastors, business leaders, etc). The book is fairly basic and straight forward, but i found it’s best feature was slowly taking people through Stearns story step by step… and maybe in turn these older leaders will get a glimpse of the other half of the gospel many youth have already caught on to…

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