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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439198330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439198339
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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This is another one of Joel Osteen's books that I got.
Sueg
This could make a wonderful small gift for people to want to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.
Donald Mitchell
This book is a great one to read during the Christmas Holiday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2012
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"And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." -- Luke 2:7 (NKJV)

If you are like me, you think about Jesus every day. But I start to think about Him as a baby around the time that October is ending.

I love to hear about how other Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. In this book, you'll find out a lot about how the Osteens have over the years, the traditions in Victoria Osteen's family, and a bit about Marcos Witt and his family.

I don't know how I missed this book earlier. The good news is that some dealers are offering new copies for under a dollar. This could make a wonderful small gift for people to want to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.

May God bless you, your family, and all you do in the name of Jesus!
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By Arnold92 on January 8, 2014
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I haven't saw my Mom read it yet.But I am sure she will love it when she does read it.
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This book gives you the chance to read how someone else celebrates Christmas and how at the same time they teached their kids about the bible and God. I have really enjoyed reading it over the holiday season! A+++++Seller!!!! Everything was just as stated by the seller! Thanks Again!
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By Sueg on December 4, 2013
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This is another one of Joel Osteen's books that I got. I love what he writes. Everything that he writes about makes sense. I am trying to put everything to practice.
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By Bella on February 27, 2013
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This is a very uplifting spiritual read. I read this and all of the other books by Joel Osteen and his wife every morning to lift my spirits for the day.
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By Jennifer on December 9, 2012
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It's a great book to give as a gift to family an friends during the holiday season. Wonderful stories of Joel's childhood.
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This book read likesitting and listening to a friend recount their favorite memory, along with that unique positive Osteen encouragement of faith. The Christmas spirit is evident. Some stories left some reflective pondering. Others left little to ponder. Some this may disappoint, but I found it to be a good balance. Too many things to ponder leaves an emotional reflective overload. If you enjoy Joels uniques literary style and charm...you'll enjoy. Its depth is only as far as you are willing to dig in your memories and faith.
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By Francisco Dacosta on January 27, 2011
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this here book will be fully inspirational to me when it comes to the true meaning for the christmas season as it will continue to open my eyes and will help me to enhance my vision for this fact and even go as far as sharing of this vision of mine towards others to use it as another kind of tool as it already is.
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