Pastor Joel Osteen realizes that deep within you is a voice that doubts your self-worth and does its best to destroy your dreams. For this reason, he is committed to helping you exchange your insecurities for a godly self-image and discover your personal strengths and abilities so that you can live Your Best Life Now. Through the ministry of Lakewood Church, Pastor Osteen has already helped millions of people advance down the road towards health, abundance, significance and success. Don't miss this opportunity to let him lead you down the road to Your Best Life Now.
In this remarkable New York Times bestseller, Joel Osteen offers unique insights and encouragement that will help readers overcome every obstacle in their lives.
Having started Lakewood's television outreach ministry, Joel Osteen worked side-by-side with his father, founding Pastor John Osteen for 17 years, and took Lakewood's positive message of hope to over 100 million households throughout the United States and 100 countries worldwide.
On October 3, 1999, Joel Osteen assumed the position of Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church. Under Osteen's leadership, Lakewood has grown in every area of ministry. Lakewood has added two additional worship services in order to accommodate its growth in an auditorium that seats 7,800. With nearly 30,000 adults in weekly attendance and over 2,500 children attending weekly children's programs, Lakewood has doubled in attendance in the last two years. In addition, Lakewood's weekly television program can now be seen in an additional 100 million households in the US and Canada.
Houston megachurch pastor and inspirational TV host Osteen offers an overblown and redundant self-help debut. Many Christian readers will undoubtedly be put off by the book's shallow name-it-and-claim-it theology; although the first chapter claims that we serve the God that created the universe, the book as a rule suggests the reverse: it's a treatise on how to get God to serve the demands of self-centered individuals. Osteen tells readers that God wants them to prosper, offering examples of obtaining an elegant mansion or a larger salary (don't ever get satisfied with where you are,he cautions). In seven parts, he details how readers should enlarge their vision, develop self-esteem, discover the power of thought, let go of the past, find strength through adversity, give back to others and choose to be happy. The section on giving comes as too little, too late. Osteen's message to remember others and get your mind off yourself flies in the face of the previous 200 pages. There are some good pockets of advice, such as letting go of past hurts and avoiding bitterness. Editorially, the book would have packed more of a punch if a third of its repetitive slogans and stories had been pruned. Theologically, its materialism and superficial portrayal of God as the granter of earthly wishes will alienate many Christian readers who can imagine a much bigger God. Copyright 2004 Publishers Weekly.
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