I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God - eBook
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Publication Date: 2017
If God can take David--the invisible eighth son of a forgotten family--and turn him into a king, just imagine what magnificent plans He has for redeeming your life.
David was born a number 8--a hidden gem, often overlooked and undervalued by everyone except for God. For David, being a number 8 seemed like a curse until the day God transformed him from the unknown eighth son of Jesse into the much-honored king of Israel.When God sends out an invitation to greatness, His directions don't always make sense to us. You may feel like the most invisible, broken number 8 out there, but God sees your hidden value and is growing you for better things. David didn't know it, but his time as a simple shepherd with a dull future did not go unnoticed by God. In David's darkest moments, he was cultivating the kind of gifts, wisdom, and leadership he would need to become a king. Even when you're an underdog in the eyes of the world, God is working behind the scenes to develop you into a king or queen.
JOHN GRAY is the newly appointed Sr. Pastor of Relentless Church in Greenville, SC (formerly Redemption Church) and continues to as an associate pastor of America's largest single venue church, Lakewood Church, in Houston, Texas. He preaches primarily at Lakewood's midweek service where thousands converge each week. John was named to Oprah's Super Soul 100, a collection of 100 awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity. His show, The Book of John Gray, airs on The Oprah Winfrey Network. John resides now in Greenville, SC with his wife, Aventer, and their son John W. Gray IV, and daughter, Theory Aspyn-Sky Gray.
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bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement from the live of DavidApril 22, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4I like Gray's idea. David was son number eight. He was a nobody out in the fields when his brothers were being inspected for a potential anointing as king. Nonetheless, David was chosen by God, transformed, and played a big part in God's story.
Gray's book is for those of us who feel like we are nobody. Hang in there, Gray encourages. Just like with David, God is training us and cultivating leadership and ministry skills. We might feel hidden away but Gray says that is for a purpose. We are not hiding from but are being hidden for a future, being kept for something to come.
Gray shares his own story as an example of this principle. He combines it with lessons from David's life. We learn about fighting giants, worship, and how we don't always get it right. Gray provides good encouragement for when we fill like we don't fit in or that we are just sitting on the sidelines. He has some good teaching on how to have the strength to carry on.
There is one area where I think Gray projected his own life experience on to David. Gray's father was absent. He says of David, "I believe that everything in David's life, good and bad, can be traced to his relationship with his father." (113) That is a bit much, I think.
This book is good encouragement for those of us who don't think much of ourselves. We might feel we are just unknown and ordinary people who could never be used by God in an extraordinary way. But then, so was David.
"Anonymity is the cloak God uses to develop, foster, prune, and then ultimately produce greatness." (23)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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