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Overview The founder of Lakewood Church's television outreach ministry counsels readers to draw on innate strengths in order to overcome obstacles, promote personal health, and live abundantly, in a guide that advises readers to act in accordance with God's intentions rather than personal feelings.
Publishers Description In this remarkable New York Times bestseller, Joel Osteen offers unique insights and encouragement that will help readers overcome every obstacle in their lives.
From Publishers Weekly 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 09/27/2004
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 25
Christian Retailing - 10/04/2004 page 23
Ebony - 02/01/2008 page 37
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.32" Width: 6.27" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Release Date Oct 12, 2004
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446532754 ISBN13 9780446532754 UPC 9780446532754
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More About Joel Osteen
JOEL OSTEEN is the author of eight New York Times bestsellers and is the senior pastor of America's largest congregation, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His televised messages are seen by more than 10 million viewers each week in the United States, and millions more in 100 nations around the world. VICTORIA OSTEEN is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Love Your Life, and together with her husband Joel, writes a devotional, Today's Word, that is sent each day to over 2 million online subscribers.
Joel Osteen currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.