Peace. We are all looking for it. We all need it. Yet for many, it remains just out of reach. Restless, discontent, lacking in purpose and direction, we feel its absence.

But peace can be found. I Choose Peace tells the stories of people who searched everywhere for fulfillment and wholeness but found it only when they put Jesus first in their lives. Those who found contentment, happiness, and peace in the face of every kind of struggle include:

  • Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Kathie Lee Gifford
  • Albert Pujols
  • Shawn Johnson
  • Phil and Kay Robertson
  • Brian "Head" Welch
  • Lee Yih
  • Ben King
  • Eric Metaxas
  • R. A. Dickey
  • Jason “Propaganda” Petty
  • Lauren Scruggs Kennedy
  • Austin Carlile
  • Lynsi Snyder
  • Cody Garbrandt

Raw, compelling, and profoundly inspiring, the stories in I Choose Peace remind us that no matter your struggle, what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you, you can still choose peace.


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.


“I Am Second provides an honest look at how others have found peace in their lives through a relationship with Christ. The stories each person shares reflect real life struggles we can all relate to and how each found their encouragement in Christ.”

– Joe Gibbs, Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach, NASCAR Hall of Fame Owner

“For the past 10 years, I Am Second has used powerful storytelling through film to show individuals from all walks of life putting Jesus first. In the same vein, I Am Second’s newest book, I Choose Peace, has the opportunity to further inspire and help readers discover the true secret to fulfillment and wholeness is found in God.” 

-- Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., founder and chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible

“I have been a fan of I Am Second since its founding more than 10 years ago. I have seen the impact of its films and have been honored to sit in the white chair and declare myself “second.” Everything I Am Second does is for one goal — to inspire people to put Jesus first. I Choose Peace does just that, and I can’t recommend it enough.

— Annie Lobert, founder of Hookers for Jesus and Destiny House 

“Colossians 3:15-17 is my personal go-to when things get beyond cray-cray in my life, and I Choose Peace reminds me that peace only comes from the Peace-Maker and that always to be thankful and loving to my neighbors is the path to peace.”

-- Michael Tait, Newsboys lead singer

“In a world where peace seems ever elusive, this book is a needed reminder that true peace, God's peace, is a gracious provision constantly available to believers. The stories shared in this book reveal the honest struggles, pain, hardships, and difficulties many of us have experienced in life. However, you cannot read the book without leaving with a sense of profound hope. The peace of God discovered in these stories is God's provision available to you and me. But in this book, you will discover that true peace cannot be found apart from God. A true and lasting peace can only come when you belong to Him.”

-- Nathan N. Hoff, assistant professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary


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