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If God can take Davidthe invisible eighth son of a forgotten familyand turn him into a king, just imagine what magnificent plans He has for redeeming your life.
David was born a number 8a 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.
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About the Author
JOHN W. GRAY III is the Senior Pastor of Relentless Church in Greenville, SC (formerly Redemption Church) and continues to serve 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 in Greenville, SC with his wife, Aventer, their children, John W. Gray IV and Theory Aspyn-Sky Gray.
Table of Contents
Foreword Joel Osteen ix
Chapter 1 Who Is a Number 8? 1
Chapter 2 The Field of Favor 12
Chapter 3 There's Oil in the Field 29
Chapter 4 In Search of a Hero 48
Chapter 5 The Long Walk Home 63
Chapter 6 Sheep, Lions, Bears, and Giants 71
Chapter 7 Big Me / Little King 89
Chapter 8 Dear Dad 106
Chapter 9 Scavenger Hunt 119
Chapter 10 Hearts and Parts 135
Chapter 11 My Turn, God's Time 144
Chapter 12 Blind Spots 151
Chapter 13 Worshipping Wounded 165
Chapter 14 I Can't Believe I'm Here! 179
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed it!
This book is a life-changing, inspiration to me. It literally answered all my why's!
Pastor John Gray writes from his heart. If you care about forgotten people, and you yourself feel forgotten and undervalued this book is definitely for you. Thank you Pastor Gray for your precious love for the broken, this book is written because someone has lived it out.
The anointing and alignment with who God is and who he needs is to be as number 8's is beyond our own capabilities. This book and its authors and all of its hands are beyond a blessing! You are not able to just read this, it's a study session from the introduction to the acknowledgements. - Powerful Thank you
Related to this book Lots of insight & explanation Love this book & John Gray #sawhimlive #lovelife35years
For those in leadership, this book is worth picking up. For those who feel like they aren't noticed, this book is worth picking up. For those who lack confidence, this book is worth picking up. John Gray knows how to captivate the reader in an empathetic but challenging way, which always keeps the reader going!
I Am Number 8 by John Gray is an interesting read for those who feel they are overlooked and undervalued in life. I have to be completely honest. This book isn’t bad, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I definitely had specific expectations when I picked up the book and many of them were not met. By no means is this the fault of the author or a critique on the content of the book. My biggest issue was with regards to my personal preference more than anything else. I prefer more principles and fewer stories. This book is more geared toward sharing stories and experiences than presenting the principle that were derived as a result. My preference is for more time and attention to be spent explaining and exploring the principles and using experiences and stories as examples, rather than the focal point. This once again has more to do with my personal preference than the author not delivering. With that said, this is a book that I am sure many readers will find value in and I recommend checking it out to see if it resonates with you more than it did with me. I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program.
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. John Gray in this book gives us a detailed look at the life of David and what it means to be a number 8. In Biblical numerology 8 is the number of new beginnings. John reasons that being a number 8 is cause for celebration. He states that number 8's have a God ordained future, created for God's purpose, and it is a purpose bigger than yourself. You may not know you are a number 8, you simply know that you have always been different from everyone else. Number 8's: Celebrate others successes Love to learn Don't mind waiting Never stop Trust God Live a life of prayer and praise Learn from every failure Are disciplined Love God and others Their heart beats for God Live passionately Were born royalty (often hidden), but have a destiny The entire book unpacks what it looks like to be overlooked, undervalued but know deep within that you have purpose even if you don't know how to get there. I love how the book describes the intensity of the struggle and the uncertainties that come with being a number 8. I don't think that we are all number 8's so the book may not be for everyone. Number 8's to me are those special few that you hear about from time to time the David's, the overcomers, the world changers. However I believe that there are lessons tucked into the book that will speak to everyone. The book speaks about having contentment right where you are. Treating those around you with honor and respect. Valuing the gifts that others have. It is a book that thrilled me with every chapter and I will read it again and again. One of my favorite quotes and the story of the number 8 is this: "God's about to reveal to you a purpose so necessary, so critical, so essential that he had to hide it behind pain, grief, and misunderstanding in order to protect it until this very moment"