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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 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 Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children. You can visit his website at www.joelosteen.com
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892969911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892969913
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (608 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew Smith on September 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Every Day A Friday, Joel Osteen has seen that most people become happy and joyful on Fridays. But throughout the week we are counting down the days to happiness on Friday. The book is based off a study that has found that happiness increased 10 percent more on Fridays. We tend to be waiting to be happy for the weekend and we are missing out on the rest of the days of the week. We are supposed to enjoy our lives every single day. A significant key we must realize is we don't have to give away our power to the economy, rude bosses or customers, traffic, and any other circumstances that are beyond our control. We must change our perceptive and focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative. A kind encouraging word can break down the wall barriers around our heart. Osteen believes in reaching out to the hurting and loving them into they are whole again! A kind word can heal souls!

The book is divided into seven important parts:
-Don't Give Away Your Power
-Know What to Ignore
-Live Without Crutches
-Travel Light
-Laugh Often
-Be a Dream Releaser
-Celebrate Yourself

My favorite stories that changed my life were the story about trying to drive a SUV at the Indianapolis race track. You have to run the race the way God created you to be! The second story that spoke to me was a kid named Joey that was trying to copy everyone else and all he had to be was stop and be himself. I won't post the stories because they are so good you need to read them for yourself. They will help you realize that God loves you just the way you are. He chose you!

One of my favorite quotes is:
"Our churches should not be museums to display perfect people. They should be hospitals to help the hurting and the lonely" (186).
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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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There are similarities to his other books but it is not the same. I like how this book makes us look at others in life and not be so judgemental. We need to look at others through clean glasses. The way a baby would. A baby has no influence on how it looks at people. We have all the experiences in life to control us when we see others. This book has brought me back to the kind person I used to be. I had let what other people did to me make me bitter. Now I am better. Thank you God for Joel. He deserves a nice home and a nice car. How does another poster know what he gives to charity? why not let this book make you a better person? Why would we want to stay angry, bitter and poisoned?
I think everyone needs to read this book.
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I was in a very dark place when this book was released and I can say that it has changed my life. I have read it 4 times and even purchased the CD set so I can listen to it in the car.

One of the best things that Joel does is share stories. I have always found that "real world" examples make it much easier to understand a concept: that is 100% true for this book.

What I like the most about this book is that each chapter is free-standing. In other words, you can think about what you want to learn ("Know What to Ignore") or have help with ("Discouragement") and simply read that section. The chapters are short enough that you can take a few minutes to learn more without having to read the book from cover to cover.

There is a book he refers to called, "The Law of the Garbage Truck." I was so taken by the short tidbit Joel included from this book that my husband actually bought the book for me for my birthday. The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People Who Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping on Others

I am 100% sure God brought this book - and Joel & Victoria - to me at the right time. It has completely changed who I am and what I believe, and given me the patience to wait as God's plan for my life unfolds. I highly recommend it.

Sharing life's abundance,
Cindy ;)
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