Book Reviews

Live Second by Doug Bender


365 Ways to Put Jesus First


Live Second actually shows you what living second looks like. The daily devotions are short (they take between 5 – 10 minutes), but they’re packed with sound, biblical advice and ways you can live out your faith. Topics range from discovering God, to relevant issues like identity, to spreading the Gospel, and more. A daily devotion is set up like this: The first day of each week opens with an I Am Second video , followed by a Scripture passage and thought-provoking questions, practical ways to live out this area of your faith, and a prompt for sharing what you’ve learned. The following days include: A Scripture passage, followed by an explanation of the passage and how it is mirrored in our lives today, a prayer to guide your quiet time with God, ways you can live out what you learn, and a reminder to tell others what you learn.

My Thoughts:

I’m a big fan of daily devotionals, but most just skim the surface for me. I want more than just a quick, five-minute passage to read; I need something with depth that both causes me to think and provides practical ways for me to use what I study. I need something deeper than just a feel-good, surface level daily devotion. Live Second went beyond my expectations. It gives you short daily assignments, but they’re deep; there’s a lot packed in there. It’s a good tool to use if you want to study the Word in the mornings, but don’t have a lot of time. For more in-depth study, I recommend exploring more of the Scripture passages along with the devotion (read surrounding passages, use other study messages in combination with the passage, etc.), but I was not disappointed with the quality of this study. It’s a study for people who truly desire to live a life that puts Jesus first.

In Conclusion:

From the inspiring stories of faith presented in the linked I Am Second videos, to the compelling Scripture passages and thought-provoking questions, Live Second is a powerful addition to your devotional library. It’s designed to help you truly live your life second, and it personally challenged me in every passage I read.

I have the ebook version of this book, so it’s very easy to click over to the I Am Second videos at the beginning of each section. It’s also available in print, if you prefer a hard copy.

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From the Back cover:

Athletes and actors, models and musicians, pastors and politicians … many have stepped forward, looked in the camera, and proclaimed, “I am second.” But most in the I Am Second movement are not celebrities. They are ordinary people—and they’ve come to the simple realization that when God comes first in their lives, everything makes sense.

But living second is not easy. It takes grit and humility, submission to God’s will, a willingness to listen and serve, an openness to God’s healing and call.

Live Second is a daily guide to help you. With 365 readings, prayers, actions steps, and an invitation to join other Christ-followers online, what you hold in your hands is a tool built with truth, scripture, and a sure path to put Jesus first every day.

The Christian life is not meant to be easy, just worth it. Live Second is exactly what you need as you become the new, inspired, God-honoring creation he made you to be.

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