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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (October 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446580651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446580656
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Listed by several sources as America's largest and fastest-growing congregation, Lakewood church has approximately 42,000 adult attendees every week. Millions more watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children.

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Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America's largest and fastest growing church with over 38,000 attendees. On July 16, 2005 after completing $95 million dollars in renovations, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000 seat home -- the former Compaq Center which is now the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into television markets across the U.S. where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world. In 2004 his first book, Your Best Life Now was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies. Most recently, Joel was named as one of Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 2006" and he was selected as the "Most Influential Christian in 2006" by the readers of Church Report Magazine. The son of John Osteen -- a highly respected minister of the Gospel and the founder of Lakewood Church -- Joel attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied radio and television communications. In 1982, Joel returned to Houston and founded Lakewood's television ministry where he produced John Osteen's televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999 when his father passed away. For many years John Osteen encouraged Joel to preach, but he always declined preferring to work behind the scenes. In early 1999, Joel felt compelled to accept his father's invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year. Little did anyone know that would be the last Sunday of John Osteen's life. Two weeks later Joel began preaching and later that year was installed as the new Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church. Almost immediately, weekly attendance began to grow at an extraordinary rate and, in 2005 Joel moved Lakewood Church into its present location, the former Compaq Center, a 16,000 seat arena that was once home to the Houston Rockets professional basketball team. Now, with his wife Victoria and the leadership staff of Lakewood, this innovative church is poised for the new millennium. Joel's extraordinary success can be found in his core message: That our God is a good God who desires to bless those who are obedient and faithful to Him through Jesus Christ. It is Joel's deepest desire that his own life be an example of that principle and that everyone who hears this message of hope and encouragement would choose to accept God's goodness and mercy and to become all that God wants them to be.

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These words are insightful as well as inspirational.
Connie
What a great book- read a page every morning and it's a wonderful way to start the day!
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This book has opened my eyes to how God wants me to live my life now.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading Your Best Life Now, being especially impressed by the combination of Christian Gospel and modern psychology. Having introduced my wife to Joel Osteen through listening to one of his television sermons, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a copy of this book from my wife as a Christmas gift. It was most welcome, and I treasure the book even more now that I've spent a week with it.

The book has seven parts, each one being about the right length for a nice Bible study in the morning or evening. Here are the seven parts:

1. Enlarge Your Vision

2. Develop a Healthy Self-Image

3. Discover the Power of Your Thoughts and Words

4. Let Go of the Past

5. Find Strength Through Adversity

6. Live to Give

7. Choose to Be Happy

Now, who wouldn't like to do better in those seven dimensions?

The book has an amazing design. One facing page will have a gorgeous photograph from nature or of a person (or people) with Scripture printed on the least interesting part of the image. The other facing page will have a brief text (a short of mini sermon) that develops one sub point for that part. For instance, page 18 has a brooding sunset over an island with dark water in the foreground. The two quotes on that image are:

"Everything is possible for him who believes." -- Mark 9:23

"It shall be done to you according to your faith." -- Matthew 9:29

The text page (19) addresses "With God on Your Side" as its subject. The text ends with the conclusion: "Eliminate a barely-get-by mentality and let God's seed take root."

If you liked Your Best Life Now, you'll treasure this book as a great way to stay in touch with those messages and thoughts.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on February 6, 2007
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Although I would consider myself more spiritual, rather than religious, I think Joel does an excellent job focusing on scripture and thoughts for the day. I read this daily---sometimes more than one thought as they are themed by chapters. I love his light, uplifting thoughts. I always seem to read the verse that is appropriate for the day. Great book, that is wonderful in bite sized pieces so as to process the thoughts thoroughly. I would highly recommend this book for someone looking for uplifting thoughts with a biblical basis.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L 2 on January 31, 2007
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I have YBLN book and workbook also, but this book is great for anyone who doesn't like to or can't find time to read. The illustrations are beautiful and in just a few minutes you can read a message that you can carry with you through the day. I would like to buy one for all of my friends and family.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By God's Child on January 28, 2007
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Wonderful book, full of inspiration to help anyone in every day life and to realize what truly is important in life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Schrader on February 18, 2009
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This is the perfect little book to give to a friend or loved one who needs a little inspiration. It is light and refreshing and each page has beautiful pictures along with a topic and accompanying scripture. Short and sweet messages are touching without being "preachy".

It covers a wide range of topics and you can choose something meaningful to you at the moment, then get a bit of wisdom to carry throughout the day, or contemplate at bedtime.

I have read and re-read mine, often simply opening it up to see what is in store for me on a random page, many times finding it is perfectly appropriate to something I am experiencing....since all the messages are truly relevant to today's world.

I would suggest you get one for yourself and as a gift, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Bartelme on April 22, 2009
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I was looking for a book that could help me with easy-to-understand writings to help with bible study. This book is beautifully written with lovely pictures and is very user friendly. It helps get me through my days, as I get depressed sometimes, and is hard to put down once you start reading it.
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By Bobbie Haaven on June 15, 2014
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I love the book I already had one got this for a friend of mine. Well the front cover had spilled stuff on it. There was writing in it. That surprised me.
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By jean pond on June 15, 2014
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Can't go wrong with Osteen and I look forward to reading this. I am into the spirritual , being a better person, helping, healing of myself so , for me, this is the way to go It was here before I knew it Amazon rules
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