Monday, January 16, 2012

I Am Second

I Am Second tells a summary of the lives of 20 different people who hit bottom before reaching out to God...some for the first time and others  returning to Him. Some of the people highlighted in this may be well known to you, and others are unknown, but at least one will have a story that you can relate to in some way. Even if your story is different, the message is still reiterated to all that God will never leave you and is waiting for you to come to Him. Authors Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett have put together a compact book that is filled with stories of darkness, rejection, pain, and emptiness, but end with the hope found in Jesus when you choose to place Him first in your life and yourself (& all other things) second.

Watch the video for more about the book:

I was familiar with the series of videos I have watched, so I was looking forward to getting the book. I enjoyed the book, but would have liked for it to have been thicker. Although it was a short read, there are stories told that I will read again. There were several people interviewed whom I had never heard of, and some whose lives have touched mine in one way or another. I know that one of the families involved is currently going through another tragedy and I am amazed with the way they are ministering to others in their own time of need. Reading their background story here fills me with even more admiration...and absolute awe of the God they (& I) serve. To see all of these people explain, "I was here, but when I put God first, I was able to climb out of the rut." shows how simple it is to give your own testimony.  There are no claims that life is now free of sorrow, but there is an emphasis on the hope we find in Christ.

There are too many of the videos for me to choose just one, so here is a link to their YouTube channel, along with several other I AM SECOND pages you will want to check out for yourself.
I Am Second Youtube Channel
I Am Second Website
I Am Second Facebook
I Am Second Twitter

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their ( ) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

I Am Second © 2012 by e3 Partners Ministry, Original package design © 2011 Thomas Nelson, Inc.

1 comment:

Doug and Catherine Bender said...

I wanted to say thanks for sharing I am Second with your audience and for reviewing my book. I have another book coming out 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 who are fans of I am Second. Please email at if you are interested in receiving a copy of the book and joining in the campaign.
Doug Bender