Friday, August 24, 2012

Summer Book Review - The Hole in Our Gospel

This spring, I loaded up on books to read for the summer (you might remember my Book Sale post). Well, I am happy to say, I've read them all, but one AND I read two others not on my list. As a writer, I wanted to learn what I could from the author on story, content, delivery, etc.

Book: The Hole in Our Gospel
Author: Richard Stearns

What I learned: I need to get involved. I need to help others. I know this, but this book has helped me put it into practice (kicked my behind into action).

What I liked: The stories of people in need and the reasons we need help people -- the book backs it all with scripture. I liked Mr. Stearns' testimony on how he went from a CEO with a high bank account to President of World Vision and the mental changes based on God working on him.

One thing the author said, struck me. It was about tithing. He said, if every person tithed 10%, there would be enough money to help every person. There would be no hunger, etc.

What I didn't like: How he states that you can't get into heaven unless you help the poor (that is the hole in the gospel). This was like a slap to my understanding. Surely, you get into heaven by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Period. I had to put the book down for awhile to mull over the scriptures. In the end, I see the truth. Faith without works is dead. If you accept Jesus, you must act upon it! Once I wrapped my head around that, I finished reading the book and it has really helped me to be more open and generous, looking for ways to help the needy.

Recommend? Yes!  When I bought the book, I was worried that the book would just try to get me to donate to World Vision since that is where he works. I was surprised to find that it didn't do that. At the end, it does list possible donation suggestions, but World Vision is just one of them. I decided to just keep my eyes open for ways to donate that God puts before me.


  1. I loved this book, too! It was nice to see it featured on your blog. :)


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