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I Am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives.

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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
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Published January 1st 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Tung
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine Norman
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: changed-lives
People from of all ages and situations tell about the moment when they knew God was real and needed to be FIRST in their lives. It's amazing to hear how a Bible verse, a friend, or a desperate prayer brought them to the realization that true happiness only comes when God is FIRST. Putting ourselves first is just a recipe for emptiness, unhappiness and sometimes disaster. It challenged me to renew my commitment to live each day for the glory of God, not myself!!
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.
Chan-joo Moon
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about the lives of 20 different people who faced brokenness in their lives. The people range from professional athletes and musicians, to business people, to a drug-addicted and homeless prostitute. The chapters are short and easy to go through and meaningful, showing a variety of circumstances and how turning to God changed lives. Great read and very encouraging.
Christina Nava
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me emotional at times, but I enjoyed it immensely. There's something inspiring and encouraging about reading through other people's testimonies -- famous or not. We're all people, and we all come from the same creator. I know not everyone will agree with that, but this book is definitely worth a read for anyone, both Christians and non.
Trish Boese
3* These are stories of people who have chosen God to be first in their lives. There are some rough stories of people on the wrong road, turning to God. Instead of celebrities, I wish there were more stories about faithful men and women who have no spotlight on them.
Ashley Carambat
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book... very eye opening... to remind us that we are not alone even more in our problems
Tina
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
there's nothing I love more than reading people's testimonies.
Harold Cameron
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Andrew
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brett Owens
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Starr
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shannon Ryan
Feb 12, 2014 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
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Stephanie Ziegler
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Maddyjayne
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jodi Janz
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alanna Love
One white chair
underneath
one overhanging lamp
illuminating
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
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Lisa Kearns
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tim Baumgartner
I am always SO encouraged by testimonies. That's what this book is--20 testimonies of people's wrecked lives before they learn to fully trust and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. They cover people who are famous and not famous, but there are lots of ways people can see parts of their own story in these particular stories (which I find VERY encouraging).

SOAPBOX ALERT: Another thing to consider when hearing testimonies, is we have a tendency to yearn to hear 'crazy' stories of how we 'come to Jesus.' T
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Ben Zajdel
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 iamsecond.com 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
Gail Welborn
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews

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
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Kerry Nietz
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Rod
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
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
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Tonya
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
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Marie
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carolyn
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
This book was a wonderful reminder of what God has to offer. Testimony upon testimony God's word on deliverance and healing just filled the air. I was instantly inspirited to write my own first draft.
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
Kyle Wiersma
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked I Am Second by Doug Bender. I like how the book has many stories of how God changes lives. The book includes many famous athletes, celebrities, amnd singers. I like how Doug Bender told their stories from their point of view. He made the book like many biographies in one book. All the stories are similar but all of them are different. They all are the same because of God but they are all different in the ways that they encounter him. I think Doug Bender does a good job in explaini ...more
Bunny
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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