Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: I Am Second

I Am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives by Doug Bender and  Dave Sterrett

Thomas Nelson  – January 3, 2012
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Rating: The stories are powerful and full of hope, I really enjoyed this read.
Source: Thomas Nelson, for review

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            I had never heard of the I Am Second Movement. Yes, I mean movement. This is so much more than just a book, but I didn’t know that until after I read it and browsed the webpage. But in a way, I am glad that it’s a movement. Sometimes you read an intensely good read about life and you wonder who’s really living like this? But I Am Second is the stories of people who have chosen to live a life where they are not in control.  They have chosen to give up what wasn’t working in their lives, the secrets and addictions that they hid behind in exchange for extreme faith.  I say extreme faith, because there are complacent Christians and there are Christians who do “just enough”. Those who follow in the path of being second are not complacent and they are not doing “just enough”.
            The collection of stories was powerful and filled with people who I knew or heard of and people that I had no clue about.  On the website, when watching the videos, I found that there were even more people who had chosen the path of the second.  They didn’t gloss over their “before” lives so it made a huge impact when they talked about their lives “after”.  At the end of reading this book, a Bible verse came to mind, “His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” ( Matthew 25:21). I think these are the words that those who choose to be second will hear.

Recommendation:  If you are interested in learning about how the Christian faith can change your life, regardless of where you are, you will definitely enjoy this book. If you are interested in going deeper in your own Christian walk, you will definitely enjoy this book.

A copy of this book was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Always Shine,
Starr K

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1 comment:

  1. I wanted to say thanks for reviewing my book, I am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives. I really appreciate your kind review. I also wanted to let you know that I have another book coming out on December 9 called Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First. The book contains 365 daily readings and prayers meant to inspire people to consider what life might look like if Jesus were First. I am organizing a Week-of-Second Blogging Campaign for bloggers like yourself. Please email at launch@iamsecond.com if you are interested in receiving a copy of the book and joining in the campaign.
    Doug Bender