Sunday, November 24, 2013


Book Review: Unfinished: Believing Is Only the Beginning by  Richard Stearns

Richard Sterns throws down the gauntlet in Unfinished. Believing is not enough. It is not OK to become a believer and then live the rest of our lives focused on ourselves. If Jesus meant all that stuff He said that we see in red ink in the New Testament, then becoming a believer and then devising our early retirement in the Bahamas is probably not what He is calling us to do. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We were commanded to complete the work He started when He walked the earth. Did we somehow miss that part? Many believers wonder when He will return. Sterns suggests that He has not returned because He is waiting for us to complete the work we were tasked to do when He left. 

Over the last two years working in a nonprofit working to help eliminate hunger in our community, I regularly wonder why so many churches and so many believers seem so unconcerned with the suffering in their own communities. I wonder why so many believers are not busy serving in some shape, form, or fashion. As I read this book, it dawned on me. The unengaged believers somehow believe that they have done what is required. They believe they have checked the box. Job done. But as Sterns so clearly points out, believing is just the beginning and there is so much more.

If you are a believer and you do not read another book this year, I strongly suggest I urge you  I DARE you to read this book. And then get the six series DVD set and use it for a small group setting.


Robyn said...

Great review! I will be reading, "Unfinished" soon. Have you heard of the book, "Rich in Years" by author Johann Christoph Arnold? This is a faith-based inspirational book to encourage people as they go through the process of growing older. I’m terrified of becoming helpless. Show me that life will still be worth living!

Bill (cycleguy) said...

I concur Allen. In fact, I have been blogging on a weekly basis on this book. I started with this one and have done one each successive week.

Pam said...

Thanks for the challenge! I'll have to pick-up a copy.

RichardM said...

Just downloaded the audiobook for listening on my Thanksgiving weekend trip to MN.

Thank you for the review.

Allen Madding said...

I have not heard of it but will check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

You are the reason I bought it and read it!

Hope it challenges and encourages you as much as it did me.

Let me know what ya think. Safe travels!


grace crawford said...

If there was one book you would want to read this year in order to transform you with a servant heart, I would like to suggest that you read Unfinished by Richard Stearns. I find it's a marvelous book that will open your eyes to the what Christ expects us to do with our lives.

Grace Crawford (View Information on Kaspersky AntiVirus Software Download)

Robyn said...

It's a great book! You will enjoy it.

RichardM said...

I just finished the book last night and it really does make me want to think about what I need to be doing. As a first step, I am going to challenge our small group to read the book and maybe pick up dvd set. I know that this is small but definitely a start. Given the group, I expect it to be a hit...

Thank you for the review and recommendation.

Allen Madding said...

I am thrilled in has challenged you and you are taking to action. Glad you enjoyed it.

Allen Madding said...

I couldn't agree more. Thanks for commenting

Allen Madding said...

Glad we agree :) Thanks for writing

Robyn said...

You are welcome!