The Hole In Our Gospel

First of all… Yes!! I am so excited to start on this journey. I love to read and I love to read substance. AND I love community. So why not put all three together? Brilliant 🙂

I wanted to start with an absolutely fabulous book called, “The Hole In Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns. I didn’t even know this book existed until my Mom mentioned that she was reading it. And being my Mom, the next time she showed up she had a gift for me… this book.

This was my recommendation on LinkedIn/Amazon: “If you are not willing to be convicted, challenged, and motivated to action then do not pick up this book. If however, you are willing to take a close look at your life, your priorities, and are willing to be hard on yourself and change habits, priorities, and timelines in order to help those that need and receive a great reward. Then this is the book for you. It is life changing if you let it be.”

I think the best thing to do to explain it is to let Rich do the talking.

“On Sunday morning, safe in our church pews and surrounded by friends, it can be all too easy to leave the world’s violence, suffering, and turmoil outside – out of sight, out of mind. But wait – as Christians, are we really given the option of turning away from the world’s problems?

The idea behind The Hole in Our Gospel is quite simple. It’s basically the belief that being a Christian, or follower of Jesus Christ, requires much more than just having a personal or transforming relationship with God. It also entails a public and transforming relationship with the world…”

In my opinion, this book is a call to action. To those of us who claim to love and follow Jesus. Are we following his commands to serve and to take care of those in need? Can I also suggest that although this is written from a Biblical perspective, that one need not fully buy-in to that perspective to really get something out of this book? I think can. Let’s see what Rich has to say again.

“I write this book unapologetically from the perspective of one who holds a Christian worldview.  And because more than three-quarters of all Americans call themselves “Christians,” it is obviously a worldview held by the large majority… But if you are not a Christian, I hope you will read this book anyway. You will find it to be both self-critical and judicial of the shortcomings readily found in the Christian community. As a group, we are far from perfect. But Christian or not, you must not read this book dispassionately, as if you are somehow exempt from caring. All of us who live in this world share responsibility for tackling the world’s problems and showing passion to our fellow man.”

I’d like to shout an “Amen” at this point, except that doing so would imply that I am pulling my own weight, doing my part. And let’s be honest. I’m not. There is so much more that I could and should be doing. I love that this book is challenging me to be honest and to change.

Ready to start?

The logistics – 1. Finding the book!
Barnes and Noble: Paperback is $12-$18 (.com vs in store). Click HERE for .com. The Nook version is $10.39 and you can use that same link. B&N also has a Marketplace similar to Amazon – starting at $1.29 for the book. Click HERE for the Marketplace options.

Amazon: Click HERE for Amazon’s options. Anywhere from 75 cents to $11ish. The Kindle version is $8.63.

Or any bookstore I’m sure you can pick this up at. I’m a fan of cheaper books myself, but hey, whatever works for you I say go for it!

2. Starting! Let’s try to begin the week of October 7th. This gives everyone a little over two weeks to get the book. I will do the write up and begin our virtual discussion of Chapter 1. Whoever is interested I will set up a totally random, nonscientific schedule of who can begin discussions on subsequent chapters.

3. “I’ve never blogged,” you say. No problem. Email me what you think and want to say, I’ll simply post it for you!

In the mean time, if you are interested in pursuing this. Leave a comment below with a fun fact about who you are and maybe your favorite book, or the last good book you’ve read. Let’s start to get to know each other!

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12 responses to “The Hole In Our Gospel

  1. I’m using this first comment as a test but also to follow my own directions. I’m Tiffany. My only fun facts are usually about my family and the hilarious antics that make us, “us.” I have a hubs of 7 years (R), a fabulous 5 year old (P), and a one year old son who keeps me on my toes (X). Besides this book, the last one before that was Ken Blanchard’s “Great Leaders GROW.” I loved it. Actually this is one of the ideas I had because of the self-assessment in some areas that I know I need to continue growing in.

  2. Chelsea

    My name is Chelsea! I am a wife and momma of two amazing and adorable boys!! 🙂 I am inviting myself… I love learning and this first book looks amazing!! I have been married over 3 years now! My amazing husband is derick, and I have two sons Erick (2) and Thad (9mo)! Things are always crazy and fun in this house! The last book I read was for women only as a couples bible study! Very eye opening! Love hearing others views and opinions! Can’t wait!!

  3. Susan

    I’m Susan! My life journey has taken me from being in missions in Asia to being on staff at my church (loving it!) and being the caregiver for my aging parents (thankful). I’ve been wanting to read this book so am excited to not only do that but discuss it with you! Last book I read was Homesick, which was a woman’s memory of growing up in China, and it did make me a little homesick for Asia.

  4. kconley17

    Hi girls! My name is Kim and I work with Tiffany, but I live in beautiful San Diego, CA! I have been married for 24 years to my best friend (Randy), and we have two boys – Michael (20) and Matthew (16). The last book I read was Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. I am also reading 3 other books, and I figured I needed another one so here I am! I’ve never done anything like this before but LOVE the idea and LOVE learning so bring it!!

  5. Allison

    Hello! I’m Allison…mom of Willa and wife of Brad. Friend of Tiffany. I used to read tons, but lately haven’t been making much time for it. That needs to change! Very excited about this book, and the format for sharing our thoughts will be fun! I think my favorite book of all time is White Oleander. Recently I read a few books by Anne Lamott (love her) and I am working on the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Slowly:) I also have a weird thing for reading cookbooks. I don’t expect that we will ever chose a cookbook, but if anyone has any they think I should read, lemme know…

  6. hi all! my name is brooke. my hubby’s name is brian and our sweet little guy is samuel. he is seven months old. it is hard to pick a favorite book, but i think “extremely loud and incredibly close” tops my list. (i haven’t seen the movie of the same title, but i can’t imagine how they could possibly make it as good as the book because the book is so beautifully and artfully written.) my favorite authors are jonathan safran foer, kurt vonnegut jr. and jhumpa lahiri. i am really looking forward to reading and discussing with all of you – and getting to know each of you a bit better in the process!

    • Welcome Brooke! I’m going to have to go check out that book you mentioned. Looking forward to getting to know you!

    • Allison

      Dear Mom of Sam…The movie does not do it justice. I mean, its watchable, I think I even cried a few times, but totally misses out (I think) on all the relationships that are formed with all the people that Oskar meets. I think there should be a movie of “Eating Animals”…now let’s talk about Sam some more:)

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