I have followed Mike Foster for quite some time now. The organization Foster started is more like a movement than your typical non-profit. He is a champion of grace, love, and second chances. Below is my short conversation with Mike as we talk about People of the Second Chance, his new book by the same name, prodigal parties and a few other things. After you have a chance to listen to our conversation, I encourage you to read my short review of his book below that and go get it for yourself.
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People of the Second Chance, A Book Review
I could not wait to get my hands on this book. When the release was first announced, I was excited to see it happen. I have kept up with the movement known as People of the Second Chance (hereafter referred to as POTSC) for years now. I have backed their Christmas project. I keep up with what Mike Foster, the founder, is doing to further the mission. I believe that we are all in need of a second chance, or a third chance, or a tenth chance. We should never think we are beyond hope and have messed things up to the point that there is no return and probability of a rescue.
I am thankful that instead of telling stories of people who have embraced the message of POTSC, Foster takes time to tell us why it is important to embrace the mission. One of the big takeaways from the book is that we should celebrate the unloved. Rather than seeing the downsides of our experience, we are told to let the journey drive us to the arms of Christ. We know that we have experienced failure, no matter what demographic you want to place on us. Rather than letting it define us, we must find our place in Christ and allow him to mold us into becoming a different person.
If you have follow the POTSC movement from the fringe, now would be a great time for you to move into the arena of being a champion for the movement. There is only freedom and warm hugs in the movement. No matter where you are in life right now or where you were five years ago, the movement says welcome. I encourage you to get this book, read it, and then give it away. It is that important that we get this message to those around us. The more we recognize our value in Christ despite our flawed past, the better of a community we will become.
A Manifesto for Prodigals, Imperfectionists, and Hopesters
What if I told you that you and your not-so-perfect story have been invited to experience the joy of second chance living.
Your critics and nay-sayers and those negative voices in your head have defined who you are and stolen your hopeful future for far too long!
The insecurity, shame, and judgment—That. Stops. Today.
This simple guide will show you how your imperfect life matters in ways you never thought possible. It will help you see your scars, flaws, and failures as unfair advantages and gifts that you can bring to the world.
Packed full of unfiltered honesty and simple next steps, this book will help you discover beauty in the brokenness.
Matthew spends most of the daylight hours in a cubicle as an accountant and the rest of the time as a church planter. He holds a double major in accounting and economics from Emory and Henry College and a Master’s of Accounting from Liberty University. He resides with his wife in rural Southwest Virginia with one small, spunky dog.