This very slim volume is the ideal stocking stuffer for admirers of Osteen, bestselling author and senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston. In it, he recalls family memories of growing up in Texas with his parents, siblings, and grandparents, and fondly remembers unique holiday rituals.Whenever the Osteen clan gathers during the holidays, they often talk about family history, something that Osteen encourages his readers to do as well. Putting a positive spin on even dark memories, he mentions his late father’s modest upbringing, picking cotton as a youngster on his own father’s farm until it was lost during the Depression. Despite the hard times, his father, Osteen emphasizes, had a happy childhood. The lessons conveyed here are nothing earth shattering—to do good on this earth, help families in need, offer the gift of service to others—but his humble stories are wrapped with Christmas warmth and goodwill. A fine addition for holiday shelves. --June Sawyers
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 45,000 attendees every week. Millions more watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. Additionally, he is the author of numerous journals, devotionals, and #1 best-selling books. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children. Visit him at www.joelosteen.com.