Imagine the shock felt by Jesus' disciples. They had witnessed the incarnation of God in the person of Jesus, His remarkable miracles, His brutal death and then - beyond all belief - His stunning resurrection from the dead. Their leader and Messiah was alive again and would ... Read More
I am a staffer at World Vision and I work with the author. Like many supporters and staffers, I was inspired by Rich’s first book “The Hole In Our Gospel” before I began to work with World Vision and it motivated me to go beyond being a donor and actually join the organization. I found it to be a challenging and inspiring combination of Rich’s story of hearing God’s call to help children in need around the world, his experiences learning about the intricacies of extreme poverty, and detailed insights in how to create real and lasting change for children and their communities. Rich takes an equally bold step with his new book “Unfinished,” urging readers to activate their faith and find fulfillment in their lives by seeking God’s will and embracing the role that He has designed for them to play in His greater story. Rich’s approach and concepts—from the safe “magic kingdom” many Christians live in, to the domino theory of creating change triggered by taking the crucial first step—will make you think, make you laugh, and often make you shed a tear. Rich is echoing God’s call to take the next step with your faith and be a “finisher” by serving others and sharing Jesus’ love. I highly recommend that all Christians read this book and pray for God’s guidance to discover the unique role He has for us to play.
Do you ever wonder why Jesus left? As Ascension Day draws near (this year, on May 9th), the question bears contemplation. Take a moment to re-read Acts 1:10-11: “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘Why do you stand here looking into the sky?’ ” Why, indeed? For a time, Rich Stearns thought about calling his new book, “Looking at the Sky,” a title inspired by that moment described in Acts. I know this because I’m part of the communications team at World Vision, and have the privilege of helping support Rich on his book projects. He liked that title because before Jesus’ ascension, he charged the disciples with a critical mission—to launch a spiritual and social revolution that would change the world and to demonstrate the love of God to all. In the end, the book title became Unfinished—appropriate not only because as Acts 1 reveals, our work on earth isn’t yet finished, but neither are we yet finished. That critical mission? Still not done. What is your role in finishing the mission? Unfinished will help you discover the life God created you to live and your own fulfillment of the promise of the resurrection. He is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!