In doing research for a project on Charismatic Christianity, I decided to read this book to gain an understanding of the history of the Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen. Instead, I was treated to a display of Joel Osteen worship. After reading the book, I started to wonder if Richard Young was Joel Osteen's pen name. The book does provide a time line of the Lakewood Church but when it comes to events that happened in the lives of John and Joel Osteen, Young writes as an advocate more than an author explaining events. If you are looking for a factual, unbias book of events concerning Osteen and the church, this is not for you. First, the title gives away the author's perspective, "The RISE of Lakewood Church". My question to Mr. Young is, when did the church rise? I don't mean Lakewood Church, I mean Christ's Church ! Young gives the impression in the title and throughout the book that Osteen's Church is the greatest blessing that God has given this planet, 2nd only to Christ himself. The priviledged attitude that Young portrays Osteen as is exactly the attitude that Osteen himself takes in his charismatic preaching. Along with the cocky smirk Osteen has on the cover, I think Young should have pasted a red cape with a big "S" on the back also since Richard thinks Joel is some sort of super hero. After reading this book, I think a phone call is in order to Mr. Young just to remind him of the fundamental Christian fact that NOBODY is above Jesus Christ, not even Joel Osteen. Apparently Richard didn't hear that part in Joel's sermons. Oh wait, that's not even in his sermons, my mistake.