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4.44 out of 54.44 out of 54.44 out of 54.44 out of 54.44 out of 5 4.44 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Stearns Narrator: Tommy Cresswell Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781418571009
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“Preach the Gospel always. Use words if necessary.” —Saint Francis of Assisi

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, twelve people changed the world. Stearns believes it can happen again.

ECPA 2010 Christian Book of the Year Award winner!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An urgent, powerful summons to live like Jesus. Stearns weaves solid theology, moving stories, and his own journey of faith into a compelling call to live the whole Gospel. Highly recommended!”

    Ronald J. Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action and author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/20/2011

    " Read this with our small group from church. The questions in back made for some great discussions in our group. Pretty eye-opening and inspiring, and makes me respect and trust World Vision even more. What a great organization! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 5/15/2011

    " Challenging, thought provoking, inspirational, and confusing. Give it all up or just little pieces at a time. Either way, time to do something.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa Hope | 4/27/2011

    " I agree with a lot of what he discussed, but his message was more guilt-driven rather than inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 4/19/2011

    " Very Awesome, Very Christian. Biography mixed with philosophy of Richard Stearns who has been/is president of a great mission outreach.. World Vision. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/16/2011

    " This book is a fantastic testimony by Richard Sterns of how God called him from his comfort zone into missions. A must-read for anyone passionate about going beyond the four walls of the church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilee | 4/14/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. It's a must read for Christian living. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 4/9/2011

    " This was an amazing book about what God expects of us. God wants us to share the gospel by living it not just be preaching it. Richard Stearns stepped out in faith and became CEO of World Vision which is itself an amazing company!!

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Presley | 4/8/2011

    " Rich Stearns does a nice job sharing his own journey and laying out a fairly basic, but believable, argument about an appropriate Christian response to poverty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MariAn | 2/26/2011

    " CEO of World Vision - his journey, call, challenge. A tad long! "

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About the Author
Author Richard Stearns

Richard Stearns brought nearly twenty-five years of corporate experience to World Vision when he became its president in June 1998. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His professional career began in marketing with the Gillette Company before 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 he was named president and chief executive officer of Lenox, Inc. As president of World Vision, he is responsible for US operations, which include fundraising, advocacy, and program development. He lives with his wife in Bellevue, Washington, with their five children.

About the Narrator

Tommy Cresswell is a film, television, and voice actor. His acting credits include supporting roles in Cast Away, Stroke of Genius, and The Client, among many others. As a voice actor, he has narrated film scores, television commercials, and audiobooks.