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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good News, September 24, 2011
This review is from: Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week (Hardcover)
Whatever battles rage around Joel Osteen, one thing is clear: He is a tireless optimist. His message is a completely positive one, at variance from the gloom and doom, fire and brimstone preachers who make their flock feel like they are just one misstep from eternal damnation. Orthodox Christians don't like Osteen. But I like him, and I'm not even sure I believe there is a god out there. I like his love of people, his message that we make choices in this life, and we can live remarkable lives if we just choose to and have faith in ourselves. I like his simple message that God (or whatever) favors us, loves us, and wants the best for us. God is in control, not us. Let go and let God! This is a message of liberation and love. It's a message about the power of positive thinking. To my way of understanding, it's Jesus's message. I'll take it! Yes, this new book is a distillation of all his shows and his other books, but judging from the state of politics and society these days, his message seems to bear repeating and repeating and repeating until people actually hear it! So I'm reading this book right now and I'm loving it! It's not about Joel or Victoria for me: It's about the good news! It's about being at peace and letting go. It's a great message, heard down the ages, from all four corners of the earth: from the Dalai Lama to the Buddha. Thank you, Joel, for being today's messenger!
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2011 4:37:15 PM PST
lunchtable says:
I'm sorry, but "positive thinking" is not the Good News, nor has the Good News been preached by the Dalai Lama. The Good News is that we, who were separated from God and under his wrath because of our sins, have been saved by God through the death and resurection of the perfect, sinless Jesus Christ, who died to pay the price of our sins. The Good News has NOTHING to do with the "power of positive thinking", and that's not what Jesus preached.

I have no idea if that is what Joel Osteen preaches, as I haven't read this book yet (I was just reading the reviews). I do know, however, that what you said in your comment about Jesus's message being about "the power of positive thinking" is flat out wrong, and I wanted to set the record straight so that your review doesn't confuse anyone. Real, Biblical Christianity is and has always been about Jesus being our savior and saving us from our sins, which is something no amount of positive thinking could have ever done.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011 6:06:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2011 6:36:00 PM PST
John Sollami says:
Here's my reply: This is MY way of thinking. Folks don't think for me nor do I think for them, so I hope I don't influence anyone. For me, good news HAS been spoken by the Dalai Lama and by Jesus. I'm glad you think you're setting the "record straight." Your record is I assume every single word in the Bible. You ought to read "The Art of Happiness." In the meantime, let's face it: the world I live in and the world you live in are in separate galaxies. But I'm fine with that. Are you? PS: I would be quite shocked if you liked this book. PPS: I don't believe we are born sinners. I also said in my review that I'm not even convinced there is a god.
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