Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “I Am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives.” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
I Am Second: Real Stor...
Dave Sterrett
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

I Am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives.

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  642 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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
ebook, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about I Am Second, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about I Am Second

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,412)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I try not to let my faith influence my reviews because book reviews aren’t the appropriate venue for proselytizing. But when you’re reviewing books about your faith, it’s impossible to do. I Am Second is the book form of a larger movement aimed at getting people to put God first in their life. Their website has a collection of videos of mostly-famous individuals sharing their testimonies about how and (more importantly) why they became Christians. This book shares these same testimonies, but the ...more
Shannon Ryan
Feb 12, 2014 Shannon Ryan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The book I am reading is called I Am Second by Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett. This book is full of testimonies and stories from lots of different people. They all connect in the way that they all found Jesus. Jesus was their healer and the one who made their chaotic life better. Each person finds who to put first and who to put second.

In the first chapter, Brian “Head” Welch spoke on how he found Jesus. He talked about all the noise and chaos in his life. He was a rock star and had everything he
I've watched most of the "I am Second" videos, and found them to be very personal, deep accounts. Each one was touching and profound in its own way. It seems that an attempt was made to capture those same feelings in this book, however it just seemed to be lacking somehow.

The stories are good - don't get me wrong. Each one just lacks the power or personality that the videos have.

I think what made me feel this way was the way the book is written. Rather than each person telling their own story, t
This was a very nice collection of Testimonies. (I enjoyed the dangerous ones that weren't so nice.)

An enjoyable read for any new Christians or those about to dig deeper into their beliefs. But this book stops there! The problem is most Christians church goers seem to stop there - right where they started years earlier.

Here's what I suggest:
Read this book. It is inspiring after all.
Then read your Bible. Don't be a religious celebrity with no theology. Or worse yet: BAD THEOLOGY!
Learn who the Go
Ester Berrios
The most important thing to get out of these testimonies is to know what it means to say "I Am Second". What is common about all these testimonies and is that they all reached a point in their lives where they realized they were not in control or couldn't take the pain away themselves. It was impossible to accomplish it on their own and realize that only Jesus can do the impossible. Everyone reaches the point where they have to surrender to God and stop leaning on their own power and understandi ...more
Candace Lazzaro
Interesting book full of Christian testimonies of the famous and semi-famous and the not so famous. I'm glad they started the book with Brian "Head" Welch's testimony because 1. He looks absolutely like the last person in the world who would be a Christian and 2. He has a great testimony! I enjoyed this book because I could identify with most of the testimonies in one way or another and because it's a great remember that God can use us even if we aren't the most holy person in the world. I am ta ...more
Melisa Shafer
While the base concept is admirable, and all the famous tragedies are passably interesting in a gossipy way, reading them was kind of boring. At least it was a fast read, and good for my 13 year old to pick out a few morality lessons.
What did I think? This book made me think...and try to figure out myself more...and be very very glad I have not gone done some of the roads others have had to travel. I've had my own mistakes and my own road to a personal relationship with Jesus. Not always smooth (my fault...not his)...but I'm traveling it with him. I gave it the highest rating because I got so much out of it. The writing is good. The one lesser comment is that there are not enough women stories that I identify with. Still got ...more
Claudette Smith

I don't know how anyone who is a Christian, can give this book anything other than a 5 star rating. To read how people who are part of the Jet Set crowd, are totally human, sinners, and lost like me, until Jesus came into their lives, and made them His children.
As I read this book, I realized that EVERYONE has to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. To those out there who have never had that, this book is helpful in many ways.
It is well worth the effort to read it. I have s
Brett Owens
I read the book called I am Second. The author’s purpose in this book was to show people that even though if they have a big addiction or something that you are doing wrong over and over again that you can overcome it. In the book there are many examples of people having drug addictions and they overcome them when they put themselves second and start accepting god in their life. One example is when Josh Hamilton a famous baseball player who plays for the Texas Rangers, got addicted to drugs. He ...more
Harold Cameron
“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 so
I Am Second contains an extraordinary collection of short stories from famous celebrities to everyday people. Everyone has a unique message of their struggles and hopes to share with the world. Throughout the book readers get to read stories from Michael W. Smith, Bethany Hamilton, Sam Bradford, John Hamilton, Brian “Head” Welch, Karen Green, Michelle Aguilar, Vitor Belfort, Brian Sumner, and many others. They all come from different backgrounds and careers. The book reveals details about how th ...more
Alanna Love
One white chair
one overhanging lamp
the one endlessness of the darkness.

And one by one people come out of the shadows,
take the seat,
and tell their story.

Stay at home moms and prostitutes.
Musicians and politicians.
Celebrities and “nobodies.”
Athletes and intellectuals.
High school students and senior citizens.
Victims and victimizers.

Everyone from all walks of life gets a voice and though each story may be different there’s one thing that binds them all together - The be
Stephanie Ziegler
I Am Second is not only a powerful book but a powerful understanding of faith. The courageous people in this book shared their story in hopes they can pass the understanding and feeling of peace of putting God first in your life. These people share with us secrets and you can feel the raw emotions in each story. “I Am Second is the revolutionary change in your life that starts when you put your trust in Jesus alone for your eternal life. It continues as you decide each day to put Jesus above all ...more
Starr Griggs
I had never heard of the I Am Second Movement. Yes, I mean movement. This is so much more than just a book, but I didn’t know that until after I read it and browsed the webpage. But in a way, I am glad that it’s a movement. Sometimes you read an intensely good read about life and you wonder who’s really living like this? But I Am Second is the stories of people who have chosen to live a life where they are not in control. They have chosen to give up what wasn’t working in their lives, the secre ...more
Ben Zajdel
I Am Second is a collection of stories from people who have learned to put God first and themselves second. If you're familiar with the website's video shorts, then this book won't break any new ground. But if you're looking for a gift for someone who may not be inclined to surf the interweb, then this is the book for you.

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 reso
Jodi Janz
Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett have compiled stories from famous people and everyday, ordinary people who have all met God in a deep and difficult place in their life and chosen to place Him FIRST in their lives. If God is FIRST then, by definition ... I Am Second.

This book is an easy read but not a light read. The words will dramatically change your views, your perspective and possibly your life. Each chapter is a different person and a different story all concluding to the same ending. God is a
Pathway Midland
"I Am Second" by Bender and Sterret is a book that stems from the I Am Second movement which is: "I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifesty ...more
I am second-real stories. Changing lives

I decided to read this book because my sister and mum had read it and they both thought it was really good and a good testimony. I also really enjoying listing/reading about other people's life and what they have gone thought and how they came thought it.

This book fits under the category: a book based on a true story. I really enjoyed this category as it was so inert eating finding out about other people's struggles and their life story and how God has be
Lisa Kearns
I received my copy of I Am Second free from the Amazon Vine program, in exchange for writing a review of the product.

I love to read inspirational stories of people who got tangled up in life (drugs, infidelity, crime, gangs) and finally surrendered when they realized that Jesus is the only way to be happy in this life and saved for eternity. It took a lot of courage for some of these people (like the adulterer) to admit his sins and allow everyone to know.

I am Second has a wonderful premise - in
Gail Welborn

I am “Second,” real stories, changing lives, by Dave Sterrett and Doug Bender, Thomas Nelson, 2012, 240 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1400203734, $19.99

I Am Second, a collection of twenty stories about radical change from the www.Iamsecond website, adds context to stories now in book form, previously only seen as video-clip testimonials. Discover stories of individuals, some famous, some not so famous and their life-changing encounters with Jesus Christ.

Encounters that prompted people to understand why G
Kerry Nietz
"I Am Second" contains concrete illustrations of how God can and will change people's lives. There are stories from all kinds of people, from every walk of life--athletes, businessmen, actors, soldiers, you name it. No matter who you are, you will find someone here whose life you identify with.

I especially like the few instances where you get to see how one changed life effects and changes another life in a later story. (The first two stories are an example of this.) The book also has links and

This book is excellent! I highly recommend this book for everyone, it is filled with stories just like everyone else's who has come to accept Christ as their Savior. We have all been immersed in the world, but have found God! This is also a book filled with hope, hope for everyone that thinks God does not love them, that they are a lost cause-you are never a lost cause, God loves you.
Period. End of story, beginning of another better, more beautiful story if you will. When you put God first, you will begin to see Him moving in ways you never dreamed. As you will read in this book -- time and time again, God first, us second -- your life will NEVER be the same. When you see life through His eyes, everything takes on a whole new life.

I really enjoyed every person's story, all a common theme, but so uniquely different. I love how God can take what we have made a mess of and mak
Maddie Rockford
A book that you will never put down. I think I enjoyed this book so much because testimonies are very intriguing to me. It is very interesting to think that I am surrounded by hundreds of people everyday and every single one of them have their own unique story & struggle.
I bought this book around Thanksgiving, hoping that "famous people" and the short essay concept would appeal to my teenage boys. It did not; nor did I read much of the book myself. It stayed on my coffee table, untouched, until a girl in our church youth group mentioned that she wanted to read it. I offered to loan it to her, but also decided I should read it myself, beforehand.

The book is excellent, in my opinion. Realistic testimonies with access to more (if interested) online. The book ends
Chance Baumann
I was never a real huge church goer, and I believed in God and Jesus and what they did, but never truly understood. This book is full of incredible and sensational stories tied into one fantastic ending about people who have hit rock bottom, but never stayed. If you have ever hit bottom, you know it is not easy to bounce back. This wonderful book explains how to discover the life changing power in putting God first and proclaiming "I am Second." It is important to understand not to rely on self ...more
This book is a book filled with different stories on peoples darkest times of their life. It shows lots off emotional things and in between each story there are little QR codes and you can watch them online. This book is a spiritual christian kind of book.
This was a wonderful book on Christianity and putting God first and yourself second.
You follow multiple people's personal stories of their moment of realization at the lowest points of their lives of what they're missing. The void was being filled all the wrong ways, whether be it with drugs or sex, prides, egos, unhealthy relationships.

The stories are touching and inspiring for those looking into a book on the subject of Christianity, to ignite some inspiration to change some aspects of your li
Jul 25, 2012 Flanno rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: christian
This is such an inspiring book! I would recommend it to anyone, as probably at least one story is bound to resonate with you and be applicable to your life. One thing that I wasn't expecting was to know so many of the people sharing their stories in this book! I especially enjoyed reading Bethany Hamilton's testimony; I've been familiar with her story for a while now, what with magazines and the new movie and all, but to actually read in her own words what has really happened in her life was tru ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 47 48 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus
  • My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife: A One-Year Experiment...and Its Surprising Results
  • The Grace of God
  • Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others
  • Messy: God Likes It That Way
  • Drinking My Way Through 14 Dating Sites
  • Fear God
  • Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference
  • You're Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You
  • Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches
  • Gooseberry Park
  • Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart
  • Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment ... Can Last Forever
  • Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle
  • Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge
  • Friendship for Grownups
  • 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life
  • City on Our Knees
Why Trust Jesus?: An Honest Look at Doubts, Plans, Hurts, Desires, Gripes, Questions, and Pleasures I'll Always Be There For You Aborting Aristotle: Examining the Fatal Fallacies in the Abortion Debate I'll Always Be There for You: Poems for My Son Is the Bible True . . . Really?: A Dialogue on Skepticism, Evidence, and Truth

Share This Book

“I remember that famous line from Olympic runner Eric Liddell. People asked him why he ran and he said, ‘When I run, I feel His pleasure.’ When I lay my hands on the keyboard, that is exactly how I feel, I feel God’s pleasure. It is what he made me to do.” 0 likes
More quotes…