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Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year (Faithwords) Hardcover – December 10, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; First Edition edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446545090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446545099
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Lakewood</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Church</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Houston</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State></st1:place>. Listed by several sources as <st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region>'s largest and fastest-growing congregation, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lakewood</st1:place></st1:City> church has approximately 45,000 adult attendees every week. Millions more watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. He resides in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Houston</st1:place></st1:City> 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.

Customer Reviews

This book was given to me as a gift.
Diane Brazil
It helps me everyday to keep up my positive outlook on life and to be kind, compassionate and feel good everyday!
Christine J. Barrett
I read it every morning and it starts my day off right.
Doc Harley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Wendi Barker VINE VOICE on December 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Perfect for : Personal Use, Great gift

In a nutshell: This is a wonderful book for daily use, that helps to start the day on a positive/inspiring note with biblical inspiration. It is small, about 6 inches tall, 4 inches wide and about 1 inch thick - it will fit great in a purse, glove box, desk drawer, etc, just put it somewhere so you can read it every morning. There is an inspirational thought and bible verse for each day of the year, and each one takes only a minute or two to read, but will help you stay inspired all day! This would be a great gift for any religious friend or relative you want to provide encouragement to.

Extended Review:
Content: I've taken the time to read ahead in the book so I could do a better review. I love the different ways I am encouraged each morning, revisiting my hopes and dreams (Jan. 1), looking at where you want to be in the future (Jan. 26th), "Dare to be Happy" with who you are (April 17th), etc. I've provided a few themes that are supported by scripture and examples, along with a great thought for the day.

Format: The book is very easy to follow - there is a short introduction, then a page for each day that includes: the date, a title theme, a scripture supporting the theme, and a story or example that ends with a type of thoughtful reflection for the day. The book has a section for notes at the end, and a built-in ribbon bookmark to help you easily find the next day.

Readability: Wonderfully easy to read, with a consistent format.

Overall: A great way to start the day! And it only requires a few minutes to read (maybe less?), and you will gain insight into yourself and great thoughts to take you through the day.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ocean Lover on June 27, 2009
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This is a beautiful way to start your mornings with thoughtful and insightful devotions. Joel Osteen's daily devotions are incredible how they speak to you as if they were written for you personally. I have learned so much from the devotions and have found so much peace from the messages in them. No matter what is occurring in your life you can gain so much from his words and feel uplifted.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rj on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love to start my day by reading from this book. Even though the daily devotionals are short, they are packed with thought provoking words. This is a no excuses devotional because anyone can spend a couple of minutes reading the daily thoughts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DP on February 27, 2013
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Good little devotional to start the day. I have seen complaints that it is superficial . It is brief. To the point. If I need something more I will read around the scriptural text in my Bible or I will do an additional devotion from another source.
I have no complaints.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Phillips on October 2, 2011
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This is a great little book for daily inspiration. Well done and not overly preachy. Will buy more for friends and family.
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Ultimately, I gave up using this as a morning devotional, the prosperity message went too much against my understanding of the Bible and how God works in this world. Basically Osteen says "believe and God will prosper you" or "expect things to change in your favor, you are limiting God in your life."

What about Job? He was righteous and suffered for no reason. Joseph was sold and sent to Egypt as a slave. Paul was imprisoned, most of the apostles were martyred. Good things do not always come to those whose faith is "strong"... Sometimes we will suffer. Paul never got to visit the churches in Rome he wanted to... But by God refusing him that, we now have to book of Romans.... A foundational aspect of the New Testament. Sometimes there is redemption/restoration in this life (i.e. Job), but sometimes (more often than not) there is not. At least not in the sense of worldly prosperity.

This book sends the message that you will see prosperity, success, and happiness in your marriage, life, and work if you only have faith. While it is true that we can find contentment in all circumstances through Christ, God does not promise us worldly prosperity, as Osteen concludes far too frequently in his devotional messages from this book.

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were told they would be thrown into the fire unless they worshipped Nebuchadnezzar, they replied (paraphrased) "our God is able to rescue us, but EVEN IF He does not, we will not worship you" (Daniel 3:17-18). Their faith was not conditional on blessings in this life, they knew their faith was secure, and they knew that ultimately the choice for them to be saved was God's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan M Prefontaine on July 28, 2013
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I read a lot of spiritual and self help books. I found this to be very enlightening.
It arrived in a timely fashion
Certainly a book worth reading!
Take what you like and leave the rest....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fish Man on December 18, 2012
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The book does provide a nice start to each day. I found it to be less applicable to me since I am retired. It seemed a lot of the devotionals were geared toward work.
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