I sat on this book for several months before I finally picked it up to read. I'm sorry I waited that long. Stearns is a great storyteller and he weaves some hard truth into his incredible stories. I cried several times over desperate heartache he describes and God's undeniable hand in his life and the lives of those he serves.
"The Hole in Our Gospel" is written to open the eyes of the American church. Many of our churches have majored in truth and personal transformation, which is a good thing. But the whole gospel is that we are transformed for a purpose. God has a job for us. It involves many things, but helping the weak, poor, and needy is not optional.
Stearns clearly and truthfully explains the complex problem of poverty and the implications for those caught in it. Then he lays out solutions for fixing the problem. He calls for every Christian to stand up and do something.
I really liked this book, because his heart beats like mine. I could relate so easily to his experience of encountering God. His passion and compassion are contagious.
And he is right.
So, I give "The Hole in Our Gospel" two thumbs up. :-)
Blessings to you,