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I Am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives. Hardcover – January 2, 2012
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About the Author
Dave Sterrett is a speaker, missionary, and ambassador for I Am Second. Dave also serves as an adjunct professor of New Testament, Philosophy, and Apologetics at Liberty University. He is the author or coauthor of several books including Why Trust Jesus? (Moody Publishers), “O” God (WND Books), and the three-part novella series coauthored with Josh McDowell, The Coffeehouse Chronicles (Moody Publishers).
Doug Bender is an I Am Second writer and small groups coach. He spends his time developing many of the small group tools found at IAmSecond.com and coaching churches, organizations, and individuals to use I Am Second groups to share the message of Jesus with their friends and family. He also works with I Am Second’s parent organization, e3 Partners, as a church planter in countries like Ethiopia and Indonesia. Doug is married to Catherine and has a daughter, Bethany.
Top Customer Reviews
The stories contained in I Am Second are powerful, engaging, and very well-written. The book is easy to read, and can either be read all at once or over the course of many days, allowing you to meditate on the power of Jesus to change lives. I greatly appreciate the willingness of the contributors to open up their lives and allow us to see their mistakes, their decisions to use drugs, look at pornography, or dive into a myriad of addictions, choices similar to ones we all make, mistakes wiped away by Jesus' grace. Others share about the power of their relationship with Jesus to help them walk through incredibly difficult times. I thought that a neat feature of the book is the provision of the QR codes at the end of each story, which links to the film for the person who is the focus of that story, or for people who have similar stories. Most of all, I liked the chapter at the end of the book about becoming second by recognizing what Jesus' sacrifice offers for us all.
I highly recommend this book, for it's potential to change lives, and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through the Booksneeze program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
I Am Second is a book born out of a website. At the site, famous people tell the story of becoming Christian and giving their lives and their fame to God. There's everything from authors to athletes; football coaches to rock stars and everything in between. If you're famous, Christian, and willing to talk to the I Am Second crew you're probably on the site.
In the book, 20 of these stories have been interpreted by Bender and Sterrett in an attempt to spread the site into a new medium. But does it work? Is this a book you should read?
I Am Second follows a fairly consistent pattern:
1) A person's life starts out pretty well but quickly goes horribly wrong after a series of bad choices.
2) The person goes further and further into oblivion.
3) The person finds God, gives up their hopes of success and becomes a Christian.
4) The person finds massive success through their faith.
It's important to note that the pattern focuses on God, not Jesus. While Jesus is mentioned heavily in the final 5 pages of the book, He is almost completely absent from the rest of it. I had just read both Nate Larkin's book Samson and the Pirate Monks and Josh Hamilton's book Beyond Belief (both stories are in I Am Second) so I knew the lack of Jesus in their stories wasn't the speaker's, but the authors. From what I've seen of I Am Second, they leave Jesus out of the stories to make Christianity more palatable for an unbelieving audience. Unfortunately, it makes for bland versions of great stories.
Most of the stories are shallow and devoid of God.Read more ›
The personal stories were gripping. They were from people from every walk of life. Most of them tried to self medicate to keep from feeling the pain in their life. It took guts for them to stand up and be counted. I read the book in one sitting and found it compelling.
The most popular people from the I Am Second videos are here, including Josh Hamilton, Brian "Head" Welch, Bradie James, Bethany Hamilton, and Sam Bradford. There are some resources in the back of the book, such as a short section on how to begin a relationship with God. There is also a complimentary sticker with the I Am Second logo.
The stories are well-written, which is always a concern with books like these. As mentioned before, the stories are pretty much the same as those online, so there's not much new ground to tread here. However, if you're interested in having I Am Second in an easy to give away format and having something physical to hold, this book could be for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good real life stories of both athletes and regular everyday people that provide much room for reflection!Published 18 days ago by Andrew Bettencourt
I have heard I am Second on internet and was impressed and encouraged with the stories. The book continued to reinforce God is first.Published 1 month ago by John Berardicurti
I like the idea behind this book and found it interesting to read about different people. Each chapter/story is about one person telling his/her story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cora Thorne
Love these stories! Very inspirational! Much better than I thought!!Published 2 months ago by Amy L. Christoffersen
This is a great book. The stories were moving. I couldn't put this book down. I will watch some of the videos.Published 2 months ago by Frederick Prince
Very inspirational book. I enjoyed each story and the additional suggested story links at the end of each story .Published 2 months ago by Tina Dodson
Heard a lot about this book. Once I bought the book I couldn't put it down. I want to read more great stories. Gives me faith in mankind.Published 2 months ago by Lori Albee