About the book (from the back cover): Countless stories. One incredible ending.
A major league baseball player. A Tennessee pastor. A reality TV star. A single mom. A multi-platinum rocker.
What do these people have in common?
They've all hit bottom.
And none of them stayed there.
Famous or unfamiliar, these are the stories of real people who reached the end of their strength, the end of their control, and found the most surprising truths.
It taught them not to rely on self or substance but to lean on the only completely reliable source of love, hope, and freedom: the God who created them. Shocking in their honesty, inspiring in their courage, these testimonies are critical reminders that no one is too far from God to find him.
Join these and thousands more who have discovered the life-changing power in putting God first and proclaiming, "I am second."
My take: The twenty people profiled in I am Second come from diverse backgrounds—some are famous (like Sam Bradford, Bethany Hamilton, and Michael W. Smith); some are people you've never heard of. Each story is inspirational in its own way—it may be the story of an affair, drug abuse, criminal activity, or pride. But all the stories are ultimately about just one thing—choosing to place Christ first in your life.
This is essentially a companion book to go along with the videos on the iamsecond[dot]com website, and the end of each chapter lists the URL for the video that goes along with each story, as well as listing other videos that follow the same theme. (There are also QR codes for each video.)
Also, the gospel is clearly presented at the end of the book—a must for a book that talks about placing God first in your life!
While the videos are much more engaging than the written out stories in this book (nothing compares to hearing a person's story in his or her own words), I think one of the book's purposes is to make people aware of and drive people to the website—and that it accomplishes very well! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Here's my favorite of all the "I am Second" videos I've watched ... and if you know my background, you'll know why! Scott Hamilton - I Am Second
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free for review from Amazon.com through it's Vine reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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