Book Review: I am Second

Posted: September 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Book: I am second: Real Stories. Changing Lives

Author: Doug Bender

Publisher: Thomas Nelson


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There is nothing quite as compelling as a personal story–an account of someone’s life, radically changed. This book is filled with some of these amazing stories.

Across North America and around the world, millions of people are proclaiming a new anthem: “I Am Second.” No longer are they number one. These people have come alive to the truth that God has a plan for this world…a plan that specifically  includes them. In this book you will discover their stories–some from notable people and some not so well known– who have had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and are walking in radical  obedience by putting Him first in their lives.

These stories are raw and real, dealing with the darkest moments of the human experience. Addictions, depression, infidelity, abortion, cancer, pornography, loneliness, jealousy, divorce, war…each story shows the redemptive power of Jesus…bringing purpose and true joy to every secret place of life. Along with each story, there are also helpful insights from the Bible and authentic life application for you or a group of your friends to discuss.

Your story may not be included in this book…but you too can be a Second.”

“I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed. Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. Be Second.”

This is the first time I heard of the authors Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett. I hope that this will not be the last. I enjoy firsthand experiences and stories. This book is not the type of book to read in short sittings, as it consists of almost short stories of different people from all walks of life. I found it was a book I could pick up when I had 10-20 minutes to spare.

Each story is powerful, and they all had one thing in common, struggling with faith and with life. How do we find God when we are in the middle of the whirlwind. The book challenges the reader to put God first and themselves second, hence the name: I am Second. It is an odd concept in a world that is self obsessed, but the only way to live a life that is full.


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