Richard Stearns former CEO of Parker Brothers and his wife Renee, logged over “two million air miles to the uttermost parts of the globe” after Richard assumed leadership of World Vision in Seattle, WA. They traveled to listen, learn and offer a hand of friendship to the poorest of the poor across the globe.
While many would describe the people they met as hopeless with their lack of the most basic necessities of life our nation takes for granted, the Stearns found them “rich in wisdom, community, perseverance, courage, faith and even joy.”
This photo-journalistic devotional is a treasure trove of their “sacred stories,” enhanced by the award winning photography of Jon Warren, who pictorially portrays why God sees the poor as blessed. Their stories present an up-close and personal view of Christ at work in the lives of people transformed by faith, belief and trust in Christ, in spite of or perhaps because of the lives they lead.
Men, women and children who rise each morning from dirt floored huts to dress in clothes worn the day before, eat scavenged food and drink water from bacteria laden streams, yet whose faces portray joy and hope. Even though others see them as poverty stricken they consider themselves spiritually rich.
Jon Warren's camera captures the Stearns, the World Vision staff and the courageous men, women and children who want others to know the important truths they define themselves by. They believe they are defined by their choices, by what they believe and Who they believe in, which is why they share their personal stories because their “stories count for something.”
This book is more than a devotional, it's a visual reminder that Jesus still "walks among us."
He Walks Among Us, by Richard & Renee Stearns, Photography by Jon Warren (Thomas Nelson—2013, Hardcover, 288 Pages, Adult $19.99) 978-1400321865
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