This book is just absolutely incredible. I highly recommend this book, Joel and his wife Victoria both have a special gift from God for really reaching out, and getting through to people. For such a long time I was walking around just a bitter, spiteful, hateful, and grumpy individual, and had practically given up on God. I prayed for God to help me change myself, how I viewed my life, and others, and then I purchased, Every Day A Friday. This book has helped me a great deal! I am actually purchasing this book for a dear friend of mine who is suffering from a rare disease and seems to have given up on the Lord. I just know that this book can help her turn the negatives in her life into positives, and help her to restore her faith in God, the way that it has helped me restore mine. God Bless you and your family Joel and Victoria, and thank you so much for all you do!
Being marginally familiar with Joel Osteen, but having never heard him speak and having read none of his books, it seemed like time to find out what this man and his family legacy are all about. And so I agreed to review Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week. The book aspires to "show readers how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that they experience at five o'clock on Friday."
How did the book live up to its purpose? An interesting question. I found myself initially disappointed that Osteen was offering such generic advice as "don't give away your power" (chapter 2) and "know what to ignore" (ch. 7). I mean, really? Haven't we heard all that before? But as I continued on, I began to realize that no matter how many times we've heard those lines, they continue to be difficult to enact in our daily lives. In that case, hearing it once more can't hurt. And when Osteen overlays his brilliant story telling ability on such mundane advice, I actually began to feel inspired to try anew to eliminate my critical spirit (ch. 18) and even to seek the healing power of laughter (ch. 20).
And so, what I thought was going to be a 2-star book ultimately inspired immediate change in my daily life, from which I have already felt some benefit.
I received this book free from Faith Words for the purpose of providing my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.