I Choose Peace: Raw Stories of Real People Finding Contentment and Happiness (An I Am Second Book)

I Choose Peace: Raw Stories of Real People Finding Contentment and Happiness (An I Am Second Book)

by Doug Bender


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From the influential and ever-growing movement "I Am Second" comes a remarkable collection of well-known lives transformed from restless to happy by the power of God.

When I Am Second launched in 2008, the organization meant simply to tell stories of people whose lives changed utterly when they placed God first and themselves second. Although the organization has exploded in size and influence since, that original mission has remained the same—and continues to have enormous power today. I Choose Peace is the highly anticipated new book from I Am Second, gathering together stories of people who searched everywhere for fulfillment and wholeness and found it only when they surrendered to God. People whose stories appear include the following:

  • Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Kathie Lee Gifford
  • Albert Pujols
  • Shawn Johnson
  • Phil and Kay Robertson
  • Brian "Head" Welch

Moving, compelling, and profoundly inspiring, the stories found here remind us that our hearts will always be restless until they find their rest in God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400210459
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Doug Bender is an I Am Second writer and small groups coach. He developed many of the small group tools found at iamsecond.com and has coached churches, organizations, and individuals to use I Am Second groups to share the message of Jesus with their friends and family. He also works with I Am Second's parent organization, e3 Partners, as a church planter and pastor in countries such as Ethiopia, Colombia, and the US. Doug and his wife, Catherine, have four children: Bethany, Samuel, Isabella, and Jesse.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Finding Peace in Love and Loss

1 Bliss: my love and my loss 5

Kathie Lee Gifford, TV personality

2 Opposites: the surprise of love 17

Chip and Joanna Gaines, former hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper

3 Friend: for the lonely soul 27

Lee Yih, businessman

4 Family: sometimes it takes a fight 39

Phil and Kay Robertson, stars of A&E's Duck Dynasty

Finding Peace in Identity and Purpose

5 Control: why I gave it up 61

Ben King, professional cyclist

6 Thinker, when God speaks through a fish 71

Eric Metaxas, author and speaker

7 Perfect: the beauty of failure 85

Shawn Johnson, Olympic gymnast

8 Happy: the bigger game 99

Albert Pujols, Major League Baseball all-star

9 Shame: I felt less than human 111

R. A. Dickey, Major League Baseball pitcher and Cy Young Award winner

10 Race: why I matter 129

Jason "Propaganda" Petty, hip-hop artist, activist

Finding Peace in Difficulty and Disappointment

11 Trapped: when Jesus makes it worse 143

Brian "Head" Welch, Korn lead guitarist

12 Beauty: I was ugly and ruined 159

Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, lifestyle blogger

13 Pain: the thief came 169

Austin Carlile, former lead vocalist for Of Mice & Men

14 Expectations: in-n-out of failure 183

Lynsi Snyder, owner of In-N-Out Burger

15 Worry: tapping out of the fight 195

Cody Garbrandt, mixed-martial-arts champion

16 Peace: when we lost Hope 207

Doug Bender, author

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 221

About the Author 223

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