A single nondescript white chair graces the cover of I am Second by Dave Sterrett and Doug Bender. Within the pages of this book, a variety of people will sit in that chair as they take their turn telling their story of how they strived to put themselves first, only to discover that that position already belonged to someone else. You will find no fluff, no justification, and no excuse when each presenter shares their journey of discovery. What you will find, however, are stories from broken people—young and old, men and women, conservative and outspoken—who realized that all their efforts to control life around them were to no avail, but that God was waiting for them. They discovered that he loved them in their state of brokenness and had a specific purpose for each of them.
I Am Second offers example after example as to who God loves and how he wants to restore his relationship with them. Simply put, there isn’t anyone outside the reach of God’s mercy and grace. Different life stories illustrate this point; a rocker who promoted the abuse of sex and drugs, a young man who was controlled by anger, and a woman who turned to the street to survive all describe how life became sweeter when God became their focal point.
I Am Second reminds us that God doesn’t love us because we’ve become good enough to be loved. He loves us … because he always has. I highly recommend this book for its potential to change lives and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I Am Second has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Booksneeze.com, for the purposes of this unbiased review.