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About People of the Second Chance

A Manifesto for Prodigals, Imperfectionists, and Hopesters

What if I told you that you and your not-so-perfect story have been invited to experience the joy of second chance living.

Your critics and nay-sayers and those negative voices in your head have defined who you are and stolen your hopeful future for far too long!

The insecurity, shame, and judgment—That. Stops. Today.

This simple guide will show you how your imperfect life matters in ways you never thought possible. It will help you see your scars, flaws, and failures as unfair advantages and gifts that you can bring to the world.

Packed full of unfiltered honesty and simple next steps, this book will help you discover beauty in the brokenness.

Praise

“In my life, both personally and professionally, Mike Foster is a tremendous source of inspiration and encouragement. You’ll find both of those things in this book. You’ll also find humility, wisdom, and compassion. And as always when it comes to Mike and his work, you will be met with grace.”
—Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms and New York Times best-selling author of If You Feel Too Much

“Mike’s words are soaked in a special blend of grace, compassion, and clarity for living in God’s love. Absolutely beautiful.”
—Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author and pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC

“Mike Foster has created a movement, and this is the official playbook. People of the Second Chance provides all of us an extra dose of hope and inspiration. Join the team, put on your jersey, get on the field, and be part of the second-chance community!”
—Brad Lomenick, former president of Catalyst and author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership

“Mike is your friend, whether you’ve ever met him or not. You can feel it on every page of this book, and Mike wrote it for you because he wants good for his friends. This book is a beautiful, healing thing, and I am so glad it exists.”
—Annie F. Downs, best-selling author of Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave

“What if we partied as much as we preached? This question from People of the Second Chance hit me like a ton of bricks, but it wasn’t the only knee-buckling moment in the book. A lot of people write about grace, but Mike Foster celebrates it, creating a raucous call to a party everyone is invited to. If you’ve ever wondered if second chances are real and available, read this book.”
—Jon Acuff, author of Do Over and Stuff Christians Like

“Mike Foster is a rare and necessary antenna for goodness and grace. Through this wonderful book that brims with vulnerability and wisdom, we can begin to wholly realize the concept of unconditional love. In People of the Second Chance, Foster so beautifully shares the greatest news anyone can hear: you are beloved.”
—Ryan O’Neal, Sleeping At Last

“Five stars! This is fierce and compassionate truth telling at its finest. People of the Second Chance is an incredible road map for fully experiencing the grace of God in a whole new way.”
—Jud Wilhite, senior pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas

“Each page of this book was designed to remind us of our incredible stories. It’s the voice of a man I trust whispering over our shoulders that our weirdness is wonderful and our quirks are among our most endearing qualities.”
—Bob Goff, Chief Balloon Inflator and New York Times best-selling author of Love Does

“Mike is this generation’s Brennan Manning. His passion for helping us live as God’s beloved is awe inspiring, and this manifesto for second-chance living is exactly what our world needs right now.”
—Gabe Lyons, author of Good Faith and founder of Q

“I loved this profound work of grace and the simple reminder that life can be cherished in the midst of our brokenness. People of the Second Chance will cause hearts to leap for joy as we imagine a world where our imperfect stories truly matter.”
—Rebekah Lyons, author of Freefall to Fly

“I don’t read many books but I always read Mike’s. This one leads us back to the core of who we are and how we should live. Filled with vulnerability, hope, and practical help, People of the Second Chance is a must-read!”
—Jeremy Cowart, founder of The Purpose Hotel, See University, and Help-Portrait

“The day I hit the lowest point in my life I made one phone call. It was to Mike. That phone call convinced me that I would rise again. And reading this book was like having that phone call all over again. This book is a manual for anybody who wants to rise again. I’m so grateful for Mike and this message.”
—Carlos Whittaker, a speaker and the author of Moment Maker

“People of the Second Chance is a profound and inspiring book that will stir your heart toward belief, bravery, and the life God dreams for you.”
—Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water

About Mike Foster

Mike Foster is the Chief Chance Officer at People of the Second Chance. He has dedicated his life to helping people relaunch their lives with a sense of hope and purpose. He has been featured on Good Morning America, The 700 Club, and in The New York Times.

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Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 20, 2016

Trim Size: 6 x 8

Carton Quantity: 12

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Click Here to download the first chapter of People of the Second Chance by Mike Foster  About People of the Second Chance by Mike Foster A Manifesto for Prodigals, Imperfectionists, and Hopesters What if I told you that you and your not-so-perfect story have been invited to experience the joy of second chance living. Your critics and nay-sayers, and those negative voices in your head have defined who you are and stolen your hopeful future for far too long! The insecurity, shame, and judgment—That. Stops. Today. This simple guide will show you how your imperfect life matters in ways you never thought possible. It will help you see your scars, flaws, and failures as unfair advantages and gifts that you can bring to the world. Packed full of unfiltered honesty and simple next steps, this book will help you discover beauty in the brokenness.

Press Release

A Life Raft for Those Drowning in Their Own Brokenness

“Second Chancer” Calls the Prodigals Home


Mike Foster desperately needed a second chance. At 19, he nearly killed another man in a horrific boating accident on the Colorado River. “My actions on the water that day physically destroyed someone’s body. It was a horrific accident and I couldn’t take back what I had done. In my mind, my mistake was irreversible,” he says. After the accident he built a cage of shame and guilt around his life and cut himself off from the possibility of accessing God's grace and love.
 
In People of the Second Chance: A Guide to Bringing Life-Saving Love to the World (9/20/16, WaterBrook), Foster, founder of the People of the Second Chance ministry, shares his own life journey with fearless vulnerability to “expose the shame virus” and show others that they, too, can find redemption in their own stories.
 
“For me, living as second chance people means living with hope and embracing beautiful possibilities for our stories," he notes. "It is about living with courage and bravery, and to stop being such a critic of your life.”
 
With great compassion and clarity, he leads readers out of their own cages of shame, regrets, self-hatred, fear, addictions and religious baggage. Foster freshly illuminates powerful truths from the parable of the prodigal son, helping people see themselves as Father God sees them: extravagantly loved sons and daughters of God who are loved because of who they are, not because of what they do or what they have done. He also expertly exposes numerous lies they may believe, such as “I am defined by my worst moment,” “I’m just a slave, not a true son” or “my life no longer matters.”
 
In today’s society as well as the church, people naturally hide their weaknesses and the broken pieces of their lives. What makes Foster’s message so noteworthy is that he encourages people to celebrate their brokenness. He wants to help each person bring their unique stories (scars and all) into the light so they can bring life-saving love to others.
 
Foster likes parties because he sees God as the life of the party. “I see God as someone who loves to play, dream and create,” he says. “As a friend who smiles and laughs and likes chocolate-covered cupcakes.” In light of this, one of Foster’s goals is to host parties for prodigals and empower others to do the same. 

In the book, he shares several hopeful stories of second chancers such as Heavy, a former prison inmate. He and his fellow second chancers surrounded him with those who believed in him and prayed for him in the midst of barbecue chicken and balloons. Heavy shared his dream to be a writer and help other men not make the same mistakes he made. This grace and hope-filled experience has empowered Heavy to move forward courageously and embrace his second chance. Foster is teaming with other second chancers to see more of these “prodigal parties” develop across the country. His goal is to see second chancers become second party planners.
 
He sees God’s redemptive thread of love woven in the lives of those he is trying to help. “God has appointed the outsider, the misfit, the other as the primary mechanism for expanding the love inside our hearts. Loving the other is how we get more of him.”
 
People of the Second Chance will help prodigals and imperfectionists become hopesters who can use their true story to bring their God-given life-saving love to the world.
 
For more information, visit www.secondchance.org.

Praise for People of the Second Chance:
“Mike is this generation’s Brennan Manning. His passion for helping us live as God’s beloved is awe inspiring, and this manifesto for second-chance living is exactly what our world needs right now.”
Gabe Lyons, author of Good Faith and founder of Q
 
“Mike’s words are soaked in a special blend of grace, compassion, and clarity for living in God’s love. Absolutely beautiful.”
Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author and pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC
 
“Each page of this book was designed to remind us of our incredible stories. It’s the voice of a man I trust whispering over our shoulders that our weirdness is wonderful and our quirks are among our most endearing qualities.”
Bob Goff, Chief Balloon Inflator and New York Times best-selling author of Love Does

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Foster is the Founder and Chief Chance Officer at People of the Second Chance, an organization dedicated to helping people relaunch their lives with a sense of hope and purpose. As a spiritual entrepreneur, Foster has created movements, ministries and organizations that has helped millions. Foster’s Freeway curriculum has been used by more than 100,000 small groups.  He regularly speaks at events around the country such as Catalyst and Q. He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The 700 Club, and The New York Times and is a regular guest on FOX 5 San Diego. He lives with his family near San Diego. Learn more at secondchance.org. 
 
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MikeFoster
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IamMikeFoster
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/potsc/

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By Sydney Brackemyre

This book is both refreshing and inspiring.  I am a true believer in the redemptive qualities of the human spirit and the book shows that that every human deserves to be given the redeeming chance and can be renewed.  God's grace for us is the ultimate redemption and I think the book was an amazing way for us to see how that grace can be shown to others.  

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By Tabatha Anderson

This was the first book I read in 2017 and I inhaled it. I will not be accepting this as my new manta: "We don't have to fear anything when re realize that all things, even the painful moments are teaching us something". Mike Foster has written something truly wonderful. 

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By Andrew Marbl

This book is so touching to my heart. Mike is so insightful and wise and keeps you hooked throughout the whole book. Everyone gets a second chance, which is what this book is about.Book provided by blogging for books.About the AuthorMike Foster is the Chief Chance Officer at People of the Second Chance. He has dedicated his life to helping people relaunch their lives with a sense of hope and purpose. He has been featured on Good Morning...

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By Susan Irwin

This is a book for broken people... and who hasn't been broken somewhere along the way?  This interesting book points out how your scars, flaws, and failures can be healed, turning you into a stronger, better person that understands what it is to go through adversity.  This knowledge makes you more sensitive to other hurting people and enables you to be a more compassionate and loving person.I received this book for free from Blogging for...

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By Tim Hammye

I read the the book twice and encourage each time. This book spoke to me. I quoted from in a couple of my messages to groups I spoke to. There is so much in this book that I need to hear and I believe that others need to hear as well. This book not only speaks to the reader needs but those the reader comes in contact with. I believe this book is that everyone needs to read. This is an awesome book.Thanks for allowing me to read it.

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