Joey Sparks

The Hole in Our Gospel (Richard Stearns)

"The Hole in our Gospel" begins with the true story of Richard Stearns, who forsook a luxurious living as big-time CEO to become the president of World Vision, a company dedicated to helping the poor, sick, and injusticed around the globe.

The bulk of the book is focused upon the responsibility of Christians to help those who need help the most. It is built on an undeniable scriptural foundation and is supplemented with gut-wrenching and hope-inspiring stories throughout. These are its greatest qualities.

Stearns uses effective illustrations to illuminate the truths and principles from scripture. He uses statistics not superfluously, but only as necessary. Stearns refrains from overemphasizing his personal story and doesn't elevate it to be the standard for everyone else. And finally, he is also to be commended for not using the book as a platform to publicize World Vision.

I did feel that it could have been 10-15% shorter of a volume. Some of the material in the final "What do I do?" section was helpful, but I wanted more concrete options and legitimate advice. It felt as though it was added haphazardly to the rest of the book. Finally, the author's testimony about his and others' salvation is inconsistent with Biblical teaching.

Overall, this is a helpful contribution to the discussion about the church's mission to help the needs of others. It should be consulted by church leaders and people who in positions of influence.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Hey, great post. The book looks like a good read, and i’ll have to check it out.

    I was wondering if you would like to contribute this post and others like it to our resource library ( We’re reaching out to youth leaders and pastors and encouraging each other in an attempt to make their load a little lighter.

    Shoot me an e-mail with your response,
    -Taylor (

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