Book Review: The Hole in our Gospel

What does God expect of us?

A group of my close girlfriends read the book The Hole in Our Gospel, their church had committed to reading through this book together.  They passed the book onto me.  I finished it and immediately wanted to start at the beginning and read it again!

I encourage you to put this book on your reading list and share it with someone else.

The Hole in Our Gospel is by Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision since June 1998.  Stearns was a CEO of Lenox, Inc., an upscale tableware and gift company when his life drastically changed.  He tells the remarkable story of God’s call on his life to join the work of World Vision.  The story you are suspecting does not reside in the pages of this book, Stearns repeatedly said no to taking on this position. God’s plan for him was unrelenting, months later he found himself in the jungles of Uganda in the midst of three brothers, orphaned by the AIDS crisis.

The book continues to follow Stearns life story, his travels, the people and places he has encountered, the difficulties the world faces, and a persistent, uncomfortable call for Christians to confront the hole in our gospel.


If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.  Proverbs 21:13

Richard Stearns writes, The American Dream often promotes this view of it [money] :  I worked hard, I earned it, and it’s mine to do with as I please. The view suggests that we are “entitled” to any income that comes to us because we worked for it.  (pg. 204)

I think deep down we KNOW that we are not entitled to anything, everything we receive as a gift from God is ENTRUSTED to us.


How different our standard is from Christ’s. We ask how much a man gives. He asks how much he keeps.  ~Andrew Murray.


If your income is 25,000 per year, you are wealthier than approximately 90% of the World’s population.

What about 50,000 per year? You are wealthier than approximately 99% of the World.


Christianity is not about being comfortable, doing easy things, and avoiding pain.

  • A study guide is available at the back of the book posing discussion questions, opportunities to take action, and prayer.
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