The Hole in Our Gospel

  • by Richard Stearns
  • Narrated by Tommy Cresswell
  • 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The answer that changed my life and might just change the world....It's 1998 and Richard Stearns' heart is breaking as he sits in a mud hut and listens to the story of an orphaned child in Rakai, Uganda.His journey to this place took more than a long flight from the United States to Africa. It took answering God's call on his life, a call that hurtled him out of his presidential corner office at Lenox - America's finest tableware company - to this humble corner of Uganda.This is a story of how a corporate CEO faced his own struggle to obey God whatever the cost, and his passionate call for Christians to change the world by actively living out their faith. Using his own journey as an example, Stearns explores the hole that exists in our understanding of the Gospel.Two thousand years ago, 12 people changed the world. Stearns believes it can happen again.

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What a challenge to the modern church !

Where does The Hole in Our Gospel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks in my top 3 of all audio books I ahve lisened to. I ahve never felt as challenegd as this book made me feel. What powerful and poignant stories, what a response from RIchard.


What other book might you compare The Hole in Our Gospel to, and why?

None yet. This is one of a kind. I believe many people are afraid to go where Richard has gone.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

His resistance to the job at Wolrd Vision and his eventual 'surrender'. Very compelling


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, by all means.


Any additional comments?

I hope more people read this book. Just thinking of the different world this would be if Christians executed in their own little way what Richard is talking about fills me with excitment, hope and promise. This would be a fantastic world for ALL. God bless you Richard.

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- florence

Excellent Resource


It took me a while to get through this as there is an awful lot to think about and digest. Its certainly not an easy listen, well not for me, as it has made me question my whole attitude to the poor and needy in the world and particularly the developing world.

I really like the personal stories about the author as I can understand where he was coming from. I particularly liked the parts when God was challenging him to take the job at World Vison USA and he really didn?t want it. He is very honest which is very refreshing and very helpful. I also like the way he has made me realise that the people living in the developing world are just like me with a personality, hope and dreams. They are not just statistics in newspapers or the internet.

It is aimed at the American Church and as I live in the UK, at times I did feel alienated by the statistics and the culture. (Perhaps there could be an notes for other countries?)

There is a lot in this audio book and I think it is an excellent resource to help every Christian to get involved in social projects and not just expect someone else to do it. Richard Stearns is right in quoting that it?s the Church?s job to be salt and light and if we don?t it who will?
Thanks to christianaudio.com reviewers programme for copy of this audio book.
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- N

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2009
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers