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Believing Is Only the Beginning

Do you long for a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in your life? Do you believe all the right things, go to church, and faithfully read your Bible, still feeling that something is missing? You may be right.

Two thousand years ago Jesus gave an urgent assignment to his followers right before he left. At its essence it was not just an invitation to believe; it was a bold call to action. It was a challenge to go into the world to reclaim, reform, and restore it for Christ.

Simply stated, the message of this book is that God has invited you to join him in this world-changing mission. And if you are not personally participating in God’s great endeavor, you could be missing the very thing he created you to do.

Best-selling author Rich Stearns invites you not just to stand on the sidelines but to get into the game. That is when the adventure begins.

Unfinished, just might challenge everything you thought you understood about your Christian faith. Unfinished is a call to finish the job Christ gave his church to do. If every Christian read this book and took it seriously, the world would never be the same again.”―Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church; and chairman, Willow Creek Association

“Just when I’ve gotten comfortable with my faith, here comes Rich Stearns, reminding me what matters and who God loves and why. Just when my world is the way I want it, Rich reminds me the world is not the way God wants it. Hungry families. Malnourished kids. Just when I dare think my work is done, Rich reminds me that we are just getting started. First in The Hole in Our Gospel, now in Unfinished, Rich gives me a kind, gracious kick. Thanks, Rich. (I think.)”―Max Lucado, pastor and best-selling author

“Okay, admit it: sometimes you wonder . . . don’t you? Is this it? The life you’re living. Is there more? From his journey in corporate and nonprofit leadership―in very good causes―Rich Stearns concludes there is, indeed, more. More purpose. More meaning. More life. In Unfinished you will discover how your life can be about more.”―Elisa Morgan, author; speaker; publisher, FullFill; and president emerita, MOPS International

“Rich Stearns has done it again! In this winsome, engaging, and challenging book, he calls us back to some of the key issues of what it means to be followers of Christ in a world full of distractions and false gods. This is a book for everyone, about finding the place of our calling in God’s global mission. It is a book about fulfillment, adventure, and a lifetime of transformation. It made me hungry for more of the life God has in store for us.”―Dr. Stephen Hayner, president, Columbia Theological Seminary

“Your story can be a part of the Great Story. Rich Stearns knows the story and lives the story. Unfinished may call you to the greatest chapter of your life.”―John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; and author, Who Is This Man?

“The kingdom is both already and not yet, the work of Christ both finished and to be completed. Stearns reminds readers of every Christian’s responsibility to live on mission, in light of Jesus’ example and call. Richard shows us by his life, the ministry he leads, and the passion of this book that there is much to be done and we are to be a part of God’s grand plan.”―Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research; and author, Subversive Kingdom

“Every generation of Christians needs a wake-up call to remind us of how serious and strenuous are the demands of discipleship. May Rich Stearns’s Unfinished be that alarm for our time.”―David Neff, editorial vice president, Christianity Today

"an inspiring, action-oriented book that is long overdue ... a dynamic and logical exhortation." Richard Stearns brought nearly 25 years of corporate experience to World Vision when he became its president in June 1998.Stearns holds a bachelor's degree form Cornell University and an MBA form theWharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His professional career began in marketing with the Gillette Company. From 1977 to 1985, he held various roles with Parker Brothers Games, culminating in his appointment as president in 1984. In 1985, he became a vice president at The Franklin Mint, then joined Lenox in 1987 as president of Lenox Collections. In 1995, Stearns was named president and chief executive officer of Lenox Inc. As president of World Vision Inc., Stearns is responsible for U.S. operations, which include fund raising, advocacy, and program development.Stearns and his wife, Renee, have been World Vision supporters since 1984. The couple has five children and live in Bellevue, Washington.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Richard Stearns(Author)
  • Thomas Nelson (January 14, 2014)
  • English
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  • By Jonathan D. Stegall on July 2, 2013

    Recently, I had the opportunity to read Unfinished: Believing Is Only the Beginning, the new book from Richard Stearns, through Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program for bloggers. Stearns, of course, is the President of World Vision US.What the book saysSo the point of this second book of his is that God is telling a story and doing things in the world, and that we are intended to play a role in that. Stearns spends some time in the early parts of the book explaining what that story is and what our options are for dealing with it. He does what I think is some great work, especially for more typical evangelicals, examining what the typical American worldview does to a person's faith and everything else. Having the job that he does, he does this really well. "Living in a Magic Kingdom society [a rich one] profoundly shapes a person's worldview It affects the way we look at every dimension of our lives; our values, our expectations, our priorities, our money, our politics, and yes, even the way we see our Christian faith. When we visit Walt Disney World, we understand that we have entered an insulated bubble that does not reflect the reality of the world outside its gates. Those of us who live in Magic Kingdom countries need to understand that we, too, have lived our lives within an insulated bubble that does not reflect the reality of the rest of the world."He then looks at the scope of suffering in the world, and again, he does this better than most with the stories he can tell, the numbers he knows firsthand, and the involvement his organization has in nearly all of it.After this part, he goes into what the kingdom of God is, what the mission of God is, and what it means for us to be invited into that. The stuff here is really familiar for anyone who has spent time in circles where folks talk about missional theology, but I could see it being really radical stuff in many other circles. It's a beautiful introduction to missional thinking, really. Communities built around the Sermon on the Mount and radical love for everyone are just not all that popular. Again, here, he tells great stories about people he's known that have chosen to accept God's invitation in various ways.After this he discusses how people can choose to orient their lives, and what their results will be if they prioritize things like success, comfort, wealth and security, and so on rather than the kingdom and mission of God. Like most missional folks, he doesn't seem particularly interested in questions of afterlife when he talks about results, but rather life, now. Again, I imagine this could be radical in some circles. He continues by examining what kind of specific calls people can have within the kingdom, how they can find out what they are and act upon them, and the crazy kind of domino effects that these actions can have. Again, there are few people who have the kind of stories he can tell about this kind of stuff.The book ends by examining what the role of the church is in all this. Stearns talks about how it has failed and how it can address its failures, and tells great stories about people and communities that are doing that.What the book says to meSo I want to take a bit of time to think about how I see the message of this book, as I don't think I'm necessarily its typical reader.I think Richard Stearns is a good bit to my right, theologically. He seems comfortable interpreting the Bible in ways that I just can't, both as he summarizes the story of God and as he applies it to the things he's saying. I found myself wincing a few times, thinking about how his assumptions just don't work outside evangelical circles, and realizing that there are lots of people who just wouldn't listen to what he has to say because of the language he uses - metaphors, especially. There were times I winced at that stuff, and language he's willing to use that I just can't accept. There are also places I wish he'd let his theology go and ask people to go, and he's apparently not willing to. I wince a little at some of those, too.But regardless: I can listen to Richard Stearns. He lives a beautiful life in the kingdom of God. He's shaped his theology around that life and the things he's been given to do, but still in a way that fits within evangelicalism. Beautiful. He has a necessary message, and there are millions of people who do speak his language and I think their lives could be changed by what he has to say. I'd recommend it to anyone in thousands of churches.

  • By AmazonGuru789 on March 16, 2015

    There are holes in Stearns theories, that's for sure.1. For starters, I don't like the name of the book. There is no "hole in the Gospel", the Gospel is perfect. You can't replace the Gospel with humanitarian efforts. And there is nothing "unfinished" about it. When Jesus died on the cross he said "It is FINISHED".2. Does anyone notice that Richard Stearns clearly put a plug for the New World Order in his book? As a reviewer here pointed out on pg 53, (and it's even blatantly on Wikipedia) he said that we have " nothing short of a calling to partner with God in establishing a NEW WORLD ORDER.” (If you don't know what that is, google it) The new world order that the U.S. elite refer to is evil. People in high places try to get us used to that phrase so we'll accept it when it comes.3. There is a bend towards SOCIALISM in his book, which is the gateway to communism.4. If Stearns is so concerned about wealth equality, why doesn't he give up his $420,000 annual salary?? He is one of the highest paid Charity CEO's in the country. All the while telling Christians to get out of their 'Magic Kingdoms' (no thanks, I like the Magic Kingdom) , and give their wealth away.5. In an unbelievable display of disregard to the bible, the author, Stearns, announced last year the acceptance of gay marriage into their "Christian" organization, only to reverse the decision a few days later because of unbearable pressure from the evangelical community and loss of $$ which might have affected his salary.6. I also find it disturbing and conflicting that the author, Richard Stearns, was formerly at the helm of Parker Brothers games, which sold tens of millions of Ouija Boards to our children so they could conjure up demons.Sorry, but somehow the message of Christian charity just got lost to me in his writing. All I could see were the 'holes'.

  • By William A. Oliver on June 16, 2013

    Book was nowhere near as inspiring as Richard Stearns first book Hole in the Gospel. Book was too much scripture and not enough real stories of inspiring events. I was disappointed when I tread it.

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