I Am Number 8 {Book Review}

With my life being all kinds of crazy I am terribly late in posting this book review.  This is another book where I knew nothing of John W. Gray III but I fell in love with the book description.  The full title is I Am Number 8:Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God.

 

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:
  1. Celebrate others successes
  2. Love to learn
  3. Don’t mind waiting
  4. Never stop
  5. Trust God
  6. Live a life of prayer and praise
  7. Learn from every failure
  8. Are disciplined
  9. Love God and others
  10. Their heart beats for God
  11. Live passionately
  12. 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”

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