He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)
We were introduced to the i am second movement, December 2008. Many of those who watched the short videos couldn’t stop talking about them. Doug Bender, author of i am second, took 2 Corinthians 1:4 to a completely new level; well-known people—as well as some not so well-known—share a time of complete brokenness with incredible transparency and honesty of how Christ comforted them.
But now there’s more! Starting December 9th, the book live second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First, by Doug Bender will be available in stores and online. This devotional/daily reader will lead you through testimonies, Scripture and prayers designed to encourage, instruct, and grow you in your faith.
I will be participating in the Week of Second campaign in which bloggers all over the world will be blogging our insights and reflections on sample readings. I invite you to buy the book on December 9th and read with me! As a bonus, if you email your receipt to Doug, he will share with you $150 in free downloads.
If you are blogger, you can join this campaign by emailing Doug Bender at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us as millions hear about the i am second movement and share in the power of testimonies for Christ! Our prayer is that many will come to know Jesus or begin to grow in their faith and live second.
Make Jesus Christ first and as you live second!
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.