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You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner Paperback – August 4, 2015
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JOEL OSTEEN is senior pastor of America's largest church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His weekly services are seen by more than 10 million viewers each week in the United States, and millions more in 100 nations worldwide. He is the author of six #1 national bestselling books and has been named by numerous publications as one of the most influential Christian leaders in the world. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children.
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It is also a quick read. You can power through it in a day!
The voice that Joel uses is similar to his past tone -- helpful, kind, persuasive and positive. However, there is an additional tone of confidence (I can't think of another word; that is close to what it seems) in what he says. Instead of a "sharing", there is a more authoritative tone -- a "stonger" tone than in the past. He makes even bolder statements about our problems than he has in the past. He is no longer SUGGESTING that we have a different attitude; he is TELLING us to have one. He is the only author/preacher/motivational speaker/whatever who actually does promise a better life. (It is clear in this book that it isn't your attitude that makes the difference, but that GOD makes the difference. Much different than Tony Robbins or The Secret).
The best thing about this book is the "actionable" items given the reader. Instead of a just concepts of what you should tell yourself (the words you should be speaking) and parables about what other people have done, the difference from his other books is that there are PLENTY of phrases that you can use verbatim in your own life as an affirmation/mantra/visualization. I have a kindle, and have highlighted many phrases that I intend to repeat throughout the day; I didn't have to wordsmith them to make them work for me. There are black and white specific actions you can take TODAY, not just thoughts to think. Simple stuff. No need to make it complicated.
This is a great book, his best so far, IMO. I like the bolder tone, that there are less stories that we've already heard, and that there are many specific phrases I am using verbatim TODAY to live the life I am meant to live.
Joel is ALWAYS uplifting to hear and read, but this book is an extra shot of ACTION.
UPDATE: It is now mid-November; I read this book over a month ago. I still refer to some of the "affirmations" written in the book; I re-wrote them and find they are a positive way to keep on track. So yes, it was a good book when I read it, but I find that I "refer" to it still, even a month later.
We live in a society in which mediocrity is the norm. Many people do as little as they can to get by. They don’t take pride in their work or in who they are. If somebody is watching, they may perform one way, but when nobody is watching they’ll cut corners and take the easy way out. If you re not careful, you can be pulled into this same mentality where you think it’s okay to show up late to work, to look less than your best, or to give less than your best. But God doesn’t bless mediocrity. God blesses excellence.
Commit to Excellence
Not only does Joel identify the necessary qualities, he provides stories of individuals who put them into practice and reached a level of success they wouldn’t have otherwise. Joel encourages you to participate in the process, be patient, and never give up.
Osteen is the Senior Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. It’s the largest Protestant church in the United States. He took over the ministry from his father after he passed away in 1999. Young, handsome and charismatic, he has attracted a very large and diverse congregation. He’s been called the Positive Pastor, the Smiling Preacher, America’s Pastor, and so on. The author is light on scripture and doctrine, and heavy on faith and hope. His motivational message focuses on optimism and positivity which accounts for it's appeal to a broad variety of followers.
The author devotes an entire chapter to each quality:
1. Keep Your Vision in Front of You
2. Run Your Race
3. Expect Good Things
4. Have a Positive Mind Set
5. Commit to Excellence
6. Keep Growing
7. Serve Others
8. Stay Passionate
These are the foundation for living your best life. I would add gratitude as the ninth quality. Although he mentions it, I feel it’s important enough to stand alone. I like that he shares experiences from his own life that relate to the eight qualities. It makes him seem more accessible.
There are many quotes from the book that I like. One of my favorite passages is:
“You may have fallen down, but focus on the fact that you got back up. You’re here today. You may have made a poor choice, but dwell on your good choices. You may have some weaknesses, but remember your strengths. Quit focusing on what’s wrong with you and start focusing on what’s right with you. You won’t ever become all you were created to be if you’re against yourself. You have to retrain your mind. Be disciplined about what you dwell on.”
I had the pleasure of meeting the author briefly at a book signing on October 7th at Barnes and Noble in New York City. He was promoting his new book The Power of I Am, which I’m also looking forward to reading.
I also attended the author’s Night of Hope on October 16th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The response was so great that the evening program sold out and a matinee was added. The inspiring program included music and singing by his son and daughter who are in the choir. His wife, mother and brother also spoke. He invited ministers from local churches to speak briefly to the audience. He’s been involved with World Vision for many years and volunteers were present to sign up people to sponsor a child. It was touching to see the child that he sponsors come up to the stage to say a few words of gratitude. It was the first time the child had been to the United States.
I enjoy watching Osteen’s sermons on TV on Sunday mornings. I always feel good after hearing him speak. His basic message, said in many different ways, is that God always has our back, no matter what. I don’t think we can be reminded of that too many times.
Reading this book took my understanding of the author’s inspirational message to another level. I was impressed by his real-world wisdom and unconditional optimism. This is the kind of book that everyone would benefit by reading.