“Real stories. Changing lives.”
When Hebrews talks about being spurred on by those around you, those who, by their faith, persevere in this present world — it is this same idea that the text is referencing. I AM SECOND tells the story of pastors who finally truly meet Jesus far along in their pastorate … of celebrities, of professional athletes, of musicians, and of everyday people like you and me. It speaks to first person accounts of addiction, racism, prostitution, fame, divorce, and rejection. These are true stories and are the stories of the Church. The stories are written that others might stop dead in their tracks and both reevaluate and refocus their own situation. Are you living second, or first? Are you living for His glory or for yourself to take center stage when your life is played back?
These are people who live for the the one to whom this text is dedicated, “To the one who is First.”
The book is straight forward, so there is not much to debate about how “good” this book is. The writing is done very well. I also completely affirm the sharing of one’s testimony for the spurring on of others within the body. For those who feel lonely and discouraged, even “disconnected” in their faith, this is a powerful and encouraging text. I’m going to give it 4 out of 5 stars.
*This book was free with my promise to post an unbiased review.