Have you ever been discouraged? Feel like you've messed up beyond
redemption? So has Mike Foster. But he has good news for you--for all
of us. In People of the Second Chance, Foster wants us to know that God is on our side. He is the God of second chances, and his opinion is the one that matters.
It's easy to start thinking you're worthless, but as Forster writes, "In spite of my deepest flaws and even beyond my own beliefs about myself, I am God's beloved." (1) Many Christians allow themselves to imagine that they are too far gone for God. But "if you think God feels disappointment when he looks at you, then you don't know God very well." (99) I have certainly found myself there.
Even when it feels like you've blown it, the game isn't over. "Never is like a period. It ends the sentence. It closes discussion. But not yet its like a comma. The sentence continues. The process is not complete. You are never a never. You are a not yet in process. You are a story that has yet to be finished." (73)
of the process is giving yourself away in love. Building up others is a
great way not to let yourself get down. "Use your words to affirm
people. Not just who they are but also who they can become. . . . Be
rich in love. Be rich and words of affirmation." (88) Foster promotes
"Prodigal Parties." Just as the Prodigal Son was welcomed back into his
family, so should we welcome people with celebration, whether they are
long-lost family members, released prisoners, or someone who has
wandered from fellowship.
Mike Foster is the founder and "Chief Chance Officer" of People of the Second Chance (secondchance.org). People of the Second Chance is
full of encouraging stories and words of encouragement for Christians.
Maybe there are Christians out there who never experience the kinds of
discouragement that Foster talks about. But I suspect all of us need
reminders of the value and worth that God has placed on our lives.
Thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for the complimentary review copy!