Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

 
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Joel Osteen presents his signature multi-million copy book in trade paperback.

Houston televangelist Joel Osteen is well qualified to write this book, having used the seven principles he shares to achieve his own "rags-to-riches" story. At the heart of Osteen¡¯s message is that achieving a successful, prosperous life of fulfillment can only occur when we stop worrying about the past or future to make the most of each present moment by using our God-given strengths and talents to achieve our goals. The key to doing so are the seven steps Osteen outlines: Enlarge Your Vision, Develop a Healthy Self-Image, Discover the Power of Your Thoughts and Words, Let go of the Past, Find Strength Through Adversity, Live to Give, and Choose to Be Happy. Mixing biblical teachings with his own personal experiences, Osteen explains each of these seven steps in an encouraging, optimistic manner that makes them accessible to anyone interested in principles of personal growth. Although written with a Christian slant, the seven steps Osteen shares will have value to anyone wanting to know more about practical steps of self-betterment, regardless of their denomination.--Larry Trivieri Jr.

Customer Reviews:

  • Inspirational
    I'm so glad I made this book purchase! I'm thinking of purchasing this book for my entire family and friends, to pass out during Christmas! Now that's how much I love this book! I am also going to re-read it, to make sure it's instilled in my heart! It's very inspirational!...more info
  • Natsayers - Please read Rev. Peale's Power of Positive Thinking
    The book is wonderful, postive and uplifting. It reminded me very much of the books that Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a minister, wrote in the 1950's. Rev. Peale was considered the most influential spiritual writer of his generation. Today, Joel's books are just what Jesus would have ordered. Too bad you Christian folks don't follow Christ's teachings....more info
  • Self help wisdom that is backed by the Bible
    What makes for a good book?

    To me it is how the book leaves you feeling.

    I have been reading roughly a chapter a day of this book.

    I am not a Christian but still the results have been very striking. I feel a sense of calm and peace inside me. A sensation that has been alien to me of late.

    Part 4 of the book in which he talks about letting go of the past as a way to heal emotional wounds could have been written just for me.

    In fact I started reading this section immediately after experiencing a setback. Thanks to his advice I avoided the typical emotional meltdown and instead took the incident completely in stride.

    Joel Osteen is an inspiring and loving source of wisdom and I am truly grateful that he chose to share his teachings in a book....more info
  • Best Ones as Others
    This book is simialarimation of other book I read in first place, also very good. Recommend for everyone to read this help directly life basic itself more physic for yourself and you could see for yourself for what you are and possible feeling find yourself be blessful achievements from this life,more spiritual directional.Excerise your thinking very careful to choose what's best for you....more info
  • Highly Relevant To Today's Issues
    This book has excellent teachings that every person can consider for their own betterment. It provides motivation through hope. I highly recommend it to young and old. Darren A. Lossia...more info
  • Reaching Your Dreams Regardless of the Times
    In troubling economic times, many may be downsizing their business, finances, dreams, or experiencing relationship problems. Joel Osteen's book offers what may be needed to bring people through the bad times and help them anticipate better ones. In his book "Your Best Life Now", he discusses seven steps he believes will help everyone live to their full potential. In it, he uses biblical references and personal stories to support his words. Through thought provoking and emotionally uplifting text, the reader is helped to determine their personal vision and set goals for accomplishing it. This book may help those with low motivation, poor self-esteem, or a history of problems to move forward for a better and stronger life of enthusiasm and commitment, where they may accomplish their desires as well as meeting their needs. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants some guidance both personally and professionally....more info
  • Lakewood live is better
    Don't get me wrong, I love this book and Joel knows how to bring a message across, but listening to him read a book is nothing like listening to him speak live from Lakewood! However, this book has merit all of its own. Joel speaks of giving and part of giving brings you, the giver, abundance. He tells us that if we take care of others, then God will take care of us and in the same amount. So, if we want good things, we must do good things. So many think and believe that Joel just wants to make us believe that we can have anything and although that's true, he means it through faith and good deeds and if you're not sure of his message, this book is for you. I enjoyed it and it has helped me through my times of need and I must admit, I have had many times of need.

    I am the author of:

    One Boy's Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving Life with Undiagnosed ADD

    Bryan...more info
  • A lovely book!!
    Beautiful written book! Just as powerful as Prayercatcher by Kathy Lasseter! Both of these books changed my life!...more info
  • Shady doctrine aside...
    Okay, the church, by and large, once had:
    Aquinas, Spurgeon, Kirkegaard, Chesterton, Bunyan, Edwards, Lewis, et al...

    Now, we have people like this clown and his flagship publication touted as the best Christendom can come up with these days?

    I hope no one will wonder why the rest of the world doesn't take the church seriously....more info
  • YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
    This is an excellent book. No matter who you are or what you do, this book has you take a look at you and your life. ...more info
  • Christianity Basics Reviewed
    I was skeptical when I opened the first chapter of this one. I'd heard good and bad things from those who'd read it before I. However, I was very plesantly surprised that the tone of the book was so uplifting, encouraging, and positive.

    Joel has a way of presenting basic Christianity facts in a way that blessed both new and long time Christians alike. There are facts that we were taught as children that become brushed under the proverbial rug, and it is nice to read them and review.

    I found these seven steps very useful for everyday life, and the tone of the author is not "preach" or hell wrath and damnation. He is positive, and encouraging. By the end of the book, I felt as if he was a friend of mine. I felt as if I knew what was on his heart. He is easy to relate to, and gived practical real world advice....more info
  • The art of pursuing happiness
    Having not been a fan of Joel Osteen before, he earned my respect with this book. Keep in mind, I have little respect for the television ministry anyway, fearing there is too much money in the "business" thus making it too easy for the preacher to become corruptable (the sinners we all are!)

    That said, this book is a winner. It is not necessarily about becomming rich and prosperous, it's about making the best of your life. Contentment, yet pursuing something greater; overcoming challenges and obstacles; doing God's will and sharing His grace and mercy, and through all this being rewarded (maybe on earth as well as in heaven) for being a good steward of your talents and gifts, whatever they may be.

    The fact you may receive a financial blessing through all this is simply a bonus. This added wealth can and should enable you to give more abundantly than you could otherwise, and isn't that what the real Christian message is?

    Most of all, it's about attitude, and how a person's attitude attracts more of the same. Bad attitudes attract bad things; good attitudes attract good things. Get the book. Read it! Try out the concepts and ideas presented, and see if you can't turn a bad day into a bad minute!!. I now can!!!
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  • Good Book !
    Joel Osteen has written a great book on fulfilling one's life and achieving success through his seven principles. As Joel states it is a "choice" to be happy. Many people will discover this choice after they read this book. Joel teaches people to forget the past and start to develop a healthy self-image. This book will help people in their personal growth.
    I see from reading the reviews on this site some people have recommend my book, "The Enlightenment, What God Told Me After One Million Prayers: A Message for Everyone," and again I just want them to know how much I appreciate their recommendation, especially at such a excellent site. I wrote this book out of love and for the glory of God and Jesus, not for my own fame or fortune. I welcome people to read my book, I'm sure you'll find this non-fiction account of a loving God just as positive and inspiring.
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  • His books have blessed my life
    His books have blessed my life and they have taught me many secrets of the successful Christian life. It would be easy to say that Joel Osteen is just lucky .recommended....more info
  • From Chase von, regarding this book


    Your Chance to Hear The Last Panther Speak

    My mother gave this book to me a few years ago. Due to the fact that I was in the military and dealing with so many situations at the time and also the thickness of it... I put off reading it till when I thought my life would slow down some. War and all that goes with it sucks up some time. I now realize in hind sight, that was a mistake. I should have read pieces here and there way back then! I am also shocked, but not completely shocked... By the negative reviews this book has received. I am not a frequent church attendee... The negative reviews I took the time to read clearly tell me that there are people that study the bible so intently that they feel they can use that knowledge to prove people wrong, but that isn't what disturbs me the most about that... What disturbs me the most is that they would publicly do so without even conferring with the man to see if perhaps there was legitimate reason he wrote what he wrote and if so, if they could beef about that off line and perhaps reach a conclusion whether he was right or wrong, before it was splashed into the publics eyes!


    I, in my limited knowledge and I am willing to say so, do know a few things about the bible. But I also know a few things about life. As a two time war veteran and someone that has lived in various countries through out my life, I feel I have the right to say that. Joel Osteen has written a book here that deals with changing peoples negative perspectives and also is showing them that according to the bible, that they do, if they choose to change the thought patterns they currently have, have a chance to live a full and productive and fulfilling life! I know rabbits don't chew cud. I know the Catholic Religion did what the bible said not to do. Add to, because the bible clearly says nothing should be added to or taken away... Because they added the Apocryphal... Nothing against Catholics mind you, just stating facts. I know that there are so many "Christian" dominations it's no wonder they can't get along, nor that Christians and Muslims can't get along...

    Not verbatim but from memory...

    Lift a branch, and you will find me...
    Move a rock, and I am there...

    This book rekindles hope...

    And that I commend because the WORLD DAMN SURE NEEDS IT!

    All the biblical scholars that think they know or have figured out the bible need to realize one thing...

    NO ONE KNOWS THE MIND OF GOD!

    For decades the bible was printed in Latin and only those that knew Latin were allowed to say to others what it said...

    Or more precisely, what they Thought it said! And let's get real, was it what they thought it said? Or what would benefit them if the people believed what they said they thought it said?

    People were executed for trying to translate the bible...

    They wanted to keep...

    THIER INTERPRETATION!!!

    I won't even mention the Crusades!
    Which a Pope Publicly apologized for!!!

    All you experts on the bible have probably never even read the Teachings of Emanuel and if so, aren't questioning why it was excluded from the bible and if you are, aren't questioning why the DEAD SEA SCROLLS were excluded from the bible...

    To me...

    Yes...

    No doubt the greatest book ever written...

    But, I also think that it was altered to fit the political agendas of different times...

    What happens when you give something to man and it has power?

    Power corrupts...

    Not just now...

    And if someone shows up on my door spouting things that they think are not refutable they certainly don't have my ear!

    I'm digging his message...

    And for those of you that prefer to feel... It isn't what you see in the bible...

    Remember...

    You have your eyes

    And others have their eyes...

    More wars have been fought in the name of religion which I DON'T believe in anyway for any other reason through out the history of the world...
    And perhaps because of people...

    That think the words in a book, no matter how Holy they think it might be...

    Rate killing in the name of...

    I love this book and it is something I will continue to return to, to improve my mind set in the area of positive thinking, supported by biblical doctrine...

    For all you scholars... Who would prefer a book that doesn't teach encouragement and empowerment and actually living a life worthy of living...

    And also allowing a person the possibility of being in a position of perhaps giving to those less fortunate because of it...

    Maintain your beliefs...

    But I will always wonder...

    Why there are those with so many riches aligning the inner walls of their churches...
    That one artifact if sold...
    Could feed a country for a few weeks..

    Chase von
    tlp
    The Last Panther

    PS

    When I say that perhaps parts were changed to fit political agendas, there are those of you that might want to argue with that... Very well...
    Explain the Apocryphal...

    And here's another one to chew on...

    Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone...

    With all the negative reviews I've seen here on a positive book....

    I truly didn't know there were that many living Saints......more info
  • For those of us who really believe - this is a must read!
    A wonderful uplifting read. You can hear Joel's voice as you read. I would compare this book to Norman Vincent Peale's motional books with the addition statement that this comes with a fresher touch and breath of God's Love given through his servant Joel. Definitely inspirational and a must read for all of God's children - that means everyone, those who consider themselves Christians and especially everyone who considers themselves something or nothing else. ...more info
  • Your Best Life Now
    The book was much smaller than the store version and seemed like a re-make homemade, flimsy, soft copy of the real version. I went and bought the original hard back in the book store. Still waiting to read it though. If it's half as good as Victoria's book, Love Life Now; I'm sure I have a lot to look forward to....more info
  • enriching
    I CONSIDER THE BOOK AS NOURISHING FOOD FOR THE SOUL, IT HELPS YOU TO BUILD CONFIDENCE IT ALSO HELPS YOU TO LOVE BEYOUND MEASURE IT TEACHES YOU HOW TO EXERCISE YOUR FAITH , I JUST LOVE EVERY WORD , EVERY PHRASE , EVERY CONTEXT. I WOULD ENCORAGE EVERYONE TO READ THEM. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO RICHLY BLESS YOU AND GIVE YOU EXCESS WISDOM AND INSIGHT, SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS....more info
  • Good Advice for Living a Rewarding and Fulfilling Life...
    Your Best Life Now is a practical approach to living life with a more positive attitude and outlook. Whether you are religious or not, life is life; and good things are better than bad things. It is a fact that you tend to get more of what you are looking for (Seek and you shall find...) and that if you look at the world like Joel, you'll get more of what you want and less of what you don't.

    Though Joel Osteen is controversial to some hardcore religious folks, "As a man thinketh" is a pretty simple philosophy -- and so is Judgment. None of this is new; but it is always good to hear "the good news" from a happy person who knows and understands the importance of non-judgment and looking for love in every situation -- with and through the eyes of love.

    This recipe for living your best life now is a much better plan than the typical skepticism and cynicism that are so prevalent in America -- and religion -- these days. This is just plain-old good advice for living a rewarding and fulfilling life....more info
  • AWESOME reading experience
    I wish I had enough money to by this as a Christmas gift for all of my friends and families. It was an AWESOME reading experience. It is rare that I read and struggle to put a book down. I plan on purchasing the study guide so that I can absorb the principles even more....more info
  • Great book!
    What did I think about this book? I think this book was great. I learned so much from Pastor Olsteen. I learned that life doesn't have to be so heavy because we have God who walks alongside with us, constantly leading and guiding us. AND, the best part, we are never alone. I learned how to pray with this book (how to talk with God) and how to declare blessings over my family. I often felt my prayers were going out unanswered into some holding tank, but this book showed me where they were actually going and why. It wasn't that God wasn't answering my prayers, He was holding them until the right time. I learned so many things with this book, too many to mention. I found this book to be an easy read, yet so rich in information and examples. The thing that helped me the MOST was the little sample prayers such as: "God, I thank you for your favor, your favor is causing..." Some people are not eloquent when addressing God. Joel tells us to remember God in the good times and the bad. However, another best part is he tells us where WE fit in, and that we are not alone, ever. After reading this book. My brother met him at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, Joel was walking around with his two children and my brother went up to him and they both prayed together. My brother said, that Joel has a very approachable personality and is a very humble person with a great heart who only wants to help people find God. And to that Joel, I thank you for helping me find God. I do not attend Lakewood Church neither am I Christian but I still found God. Now when I look back, I think the message was for me. I finally understand and my journey continues. Thank you....more info
  • Extremely Helpful & Encouraging, Despite Minor Flaws
    What an inspiring and uplifting book! I don't condemn the critical reviewers of this publication, but I do pray for them. For far too long the gospel has been hijacked by the merchants of doom - as if fire, brimstone and damnation were the sum total of the message (you think there's fundamentalism in the USA? You should visit Northern Ireland!). Granted, the Scripture has dire warnings (2 Thess 1:8-9) for those who wantonly reject God's gracious offer of redemption through Christ's all-sufficient sacrifice. But what about his "great and precious promises" (2 Peter 1:4) for those who respond? Osteen's message is not that a daily river of material blessings should flow to each believer. There are 5 chapters in a row dealing with generosity! However, St. John said there's nothing negative about God (1 John 1:5) and St. Paul says we should focus on the positive (Php 4:8). Osteen certainly does. He knows the Christian life is not an easy life, but it's a GOOD life - hence his title. You might say "Oh, but the Christian life should be a daily struggle as we each take up our cross". Jesus said in this life we'd have many troubles - and Osteen deals with that topic - but our Lord and Master also assures us he has overcome the world! In other words, there's divine power available to you if you really want to overcome. Osteen challenges you to tap into that divine power. And why not? For a believer "The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you" (Romans 8:11). Not your next door neighbour, YOU! Exciting, isn't it? The word "joy" appears 70 times in the NT alone. The word "hell" appears 14 times in the entire Bible!

    But the book is not without flaws. Tithing is an exclusively OT doctrine. Out of my monthly nett salary, the landlady pockets $2,400 (my home is 4 metres wide). That's about 80%. Were I to donate half of what's left I'd either starve or freeze to death! Osteen's notion that "you can't afford NOT to tithe" is thoroughly unscriptural. Paul never said we're to give some portion of what we EARN. The Greek word "euodwtai" in 1 Cor 16:2 translates literally as "prosperity" (what economists call "discretionary income"), and no specific percentage is named. You will search the NT in vain for any injunction on Christians to tithe their earnings - gross or nett.

    Unlike God "whose every word is flawless" (Pr 30:5), it's by fallible human beings that most books are written (and reviewed!!!). Overall, Your Best Life Now is an excellent book. Read it, then buy more copies to give your friends at Christmas!...more info
  • your best life now cd.
    Item came in on time and in excellent condition. I would use this person again....more info
  • Excellent - a must read and keep
    This is a book that everyone should have a copy of. An excellent guide to life and its challenges....more info
  • Love this book
    Went through a bit of a crisis. Reading this book helped me regain focus, control, and a healthy perspective on life. I really recommend this book....more info
  • I wish I could give it zero stars
    This book literally makes me nauseous. It is such a horrendous corruption of the Gospel that I don't even know what to say about it.

    In a nutshell: you cannot believe a word of this book if you have ever read the Bible

    Those who believe the ideas put forth in this book will have to ask themselves why missionaries and the persecuted church are being so unbiblical by not living their "best life now"...more info
  • Many Missed the Point
    I think many people missed the point Joel Osteen is making. Your Best Life Now is about living everyday with joy. If you live life thinking only of Heaven and nothing else, then you've missed the joy of living life. Sure, a personal relationship with Christ is required. Still, God didn't say, "Sit around solemnly and think of how unworthy of joy you should be." No, Christ said, "Though you live in this world, do not be like others, be better." Let's remove our defeatist attitudes and imagine happiness. Beth Moore also makes this point in Breaking Free. ...more info
  • Some good points here
    I love everybody and Joel is no exception. This book is a testimony of his life, though it's not for everybody. It's good to be optimistic, and sure God wants us happy and have our best life, however, this is just part of the big picture of what God has for us. Perhaps a good start to some who would have never approached God in the first place, thiniking He's a mean, punishing God. A few good seeds are planted here, but not too much......more info
  • Must Read For Saved Christians and Optimists
    When this book was originally published, I would frequently pass it by and turn up my nose. My thought was "Here's another televangelist trying to make more money." After the book had been out for a year or two, I feel that I was led by God to check out this book while at the library. After reading the first page, I was excited. It allowed me not only grow in my faith, but to learn more about God and to see God in a new way. This book is founded on biblical principles. I can truly attest that it works! If you have even a 'mustard seed of faith,' I highly recommend you read this book. You will not be disappointed....more info
  • Nothing more helpful
    this book really helps many people and the other should feel so proud how he can help others. enjoy and I hope it helps others...more info
  • Your best life Now Audio
    I would rather read the book. The tone of the audio is not what I expected but it is o.k. if you don't have time to read.
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  • Self absorbed, money grubbing, Anti-Christian message!
    If you are a True Christian, and want to adhere to the teachings of Scripture, and of Christ as your "all and all". Then don't even touch this, or any book by Joel Osteen. He is a false teacher of the worst kind, and not a Christian in the remote sense of the word.

    He will actually tell you that "God" wants you to be rich, and have no disease! That we actually deserve something from God. God in all His Grace, and Mercy gave us Christ to die a horrible death on the Cross, to Forgive us for our sins. What an awesome gift of Love!

    Is Osteen saying that Christ didn't have to suffer and die? This is heretical. The whole basis for our Christian faith is Christ's Crucifiction and ressurection.(to free us from our sins).

    Paul said: "In the letters to the Churches" That we are utter fools for following Christ if He was not Ressurected, our preaching would be in vein, and we would still be Dead in our sins. That's pretty compelling testimony from a guy that used to kill Christians before Christ revealed Himself to Paul.

    What a guilt trip on those that truly suffer from poverty, and illness. Guilt is from the enemy, not from God.

    He leads people astray with his smooth words, and deceit for the sole reason of getting rich. If you want to listen to what your itching ears want to hear, and don't care about Truth of Christ. Then by all means buy it.

    The Holy Scriptures say: "For the Cross of Christ is foolishness for those that are perishing".

    This book doesn't amaze me. Jesus said: "For the path to destruction is wide, but the path to eternal Glory is narrow (Heaven)".

    He preaches a health and wealth gospel, which is far from scripture, and far from the One True God. I expect to be called "closed minded", and "ignorant" for my comments. I welcome that. Since I grow deeper in my relationship with Christ in all kinds of attacks, sufferings, and tribulations.

    Granted, there are many great Christian authors, but this isn't one of them. I was forced by Amazon to give it one-star. But it deserves negative stars....more info
  • Inspiring
    Absolutely inspiring! So wonderful to read a book with a positive out look on life. So good to read of hope and faith during these times of such negative broadcasting and politicing....more info
  • Small steps to a healthy life
    It's hard for some people to understand that Joel Osteen spreads words of hope and encouragement. Many people are "hurting" so much and are so used to being "beat down" that suspicion arises when God speaks good words through humans like Joel. If a person is able to read the book, a small amount each day, and feel the little details deep in your heart - your life begins to change. Those around you will change because of the hope and encouragement you pass onto them. No one is saying that Joel's books should replace the Bible. If you listen to his sermons you know at the end of each and everyone one of them, he asks you to find a Bible based church in your area and attend. He's not a demon, he doesn't write or preach about conviction and damnation. What he does is offer the encouragement and hope of a better life through Jesus Christ, God, and Holy Spirit...all in one. Call it what you like but Joel and his books offer new beginnings, better days, and hope in our future through steps that everyone, no matter your individual situation, can succeed. I am a better person for reading and following the help that Joel passes in his books and sermons. I get up each day wanting to be a better person and learning how I can do that. People around me, those I know and those I don't, need my encouragement and receive it freely. I can't help but think that they too pass it on...this world can be a more gentle and loving place to live but it takes each of us giving. It's hard for some people to think that can be true. It was hard when Jesus tried to preach the same message 2,000 years ago. We're just slow learners I guess.
    Try reading the book. Don't disect it...don't worry about the little things..."did he say Jesus?...did he quote the Bible enough?...did he do this or that..." Just read it. Listen to your heart and be open to God moving in your life.
    Life is good! Enjoy your Blessings.
    ...more info
  • good biblically based advice on living your life
    I actually attend Lakewood often. I listened to the audio book. I think the messages here are good ones. The guidance is biblically based. Pastor Joel Osteen refers to scriptures and bible stories throughout but he also weaves in real life stories and testimonies. As a Christian, I think what is need is encouragement on how to get through the valleys we'll all face and just generally how to stay positive in a world that can get your down. This book teaches you how to use God's guidance (via scripture and bible stories) to live a good life. This is not a book about in depth biblical study but don't discount it as fluff because it's not. For those considering the book remember, you can't please everyone and this book probably isn't for everyone but it's helped me and reinforced some things I've learned in my Christian walk and gave me a new perspective on things like the power of my words and thoughts and just helped me remember to view things in a positive light because God is good!...more info
  • From Chase von, regarding this book
    My mother gave this book to me a few years ago. Due to the fact that I was in the military and dealing with so many situations at the time and also the thickness of it... I put off reading it till when I thought my life would slow down some. War and all that goes with it sucks up some time. I now realize in hind sight, that was a mistake. I should have read pieces here and there way back then! I am also shocked, but not completely shocked... By the negative reviews this book has received. I am not a frequent church attendee... The negative reviews I took the time to read clearly tell me that there are people that study the bible so intently that they feel they can use that knowledge to prove people wrong, but that isn't what disturbs me the most about that... What disturbs me the most is that they would publicly do so without even conferring with the man to see if perhaps there was legitimate reason he wrote what he wrote and if so, if they could beef about that off line and perhaps reach a conclusion whether he was right or wrong, before it was splashed into the publics eyes!


    I, in my limited knowledge and I am willing to say so, do know a few things about the bible. But I also know a few things about life. As a two time war veteran and someone that has lived in various countries through out my life, I feel I have the right to say that. Joel Osteen has written a book here that deals with changing peoples negative perspectives and also is showing them that according to the bible, that they do, if they choose to change the thought patterns they currently have, have a chance to live a full and productive and fulfilling life! I know rabbits don't chew cud. I know the Catholic Religion did what the bible said not to do. Add to, because the bible clearly says nothing should be added to or taken away... Because they added the Apocryphal... Nothing against Catholics mind you, just stating facts. I know that there are so many "Christian" dominations it's no wonder they can't get along, nor that Christians and Muslims can't get along...

    Not verbatim but from memory...

    Lift a branch, and you will find me...
    Move a rock, and I am there...

    This book rekindles hope...

    And that I commend because the WORLD DAMN SURE NEEDS IT!

    All the biblical scholars that think they know or have figured out the bible need to realize one thing...

    NO ONE KNOWS THE MIND OF GOD!

    For decades the bible was printed in Latin and only those that knew Latin were allowed to say to others what it said...

    Or more precisely, what they Thought it said! And let's get real, was it what they thought it said? Or what would benefit them if the people believed what they said they thought it said?

    People were executed for trying to translate the bible...

    They wanted to keep...

    THIER INTERPRETATION!!!

    I won't even mention the Crusades!
    Which a Pope Publicly apologized for!!!

    All you experts on the bible have probably never even read the Teachings of Emanuel and if so, aren't questioning why it was excluded from the bible and if you are, aren't questioning why the DEAD SEA SCROLLS were excluded from the bible...

    To me...

    Yes...

    No doubt the greatest book ever written...

    But, I also think that it was altered to fit the political agendas of different times...

    What happens when you give something to man and it has power?

    Power corrupts...

    Not just now...

    And if someone shows up on my door spouting things that they think are not refutable they certainly don't have my ear!

    I'm digging his message...

    And for those of you that prefer to feel... It isn't what you see in the bible...

    Remember...

    You have your eyes

    And others have their eyes...

    More wars have been fought in the name of religion which I DON'T believe in anyway for any other reason through out the history of the world...
    And perhaps because of people...

    That think the words in a book, no matter how Holy they think it might be...

    Rate killing in the name of...

    I love this book and it is something I will continue to return to, to improve my mind set in the area of positive thinking, supported by biblical doctrine...

    For all you scholars... Who would prefer a book that doesn't teach encouragement and empowerment and actually living a life worthy of living...

    And also allowing a person the possibility of being in a position of perhaps giving to those less fortunate because of it...

    Maintain your beliefs...

    But I will always wonder...

    Why there are those with so many riches aligning the inner walls of their churches...
    That one artifact if sold...
    Could feed a country for a few weeks..

    Chase von
    tlp
    The Last Panther

    PS

    When I say that perhaps parts were changed to fit political agendas, there are those of you that might want to argue with that... Very well...
    Explain the Apocryphal...

    And here's another one to chew on...

    Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone...

    With all the negative reviews I've seen here on a positive book....

    I truly didn't know there were that many living Saints...

    Your Chance to Hear The Last Panther Speak...more info
  • [
    This book was inspirational to the mind, body, and soul. It was helpful getting advice and inspiration for life's challenges and tensing moments. It gave me another way to looking into my life as well as maintaining boundaries to the people in my life that I have relations with....more info
  • Great Book
    This is a wonderful book that minister to your soul and heart in more than one way. This book have so many scriptures in it to back up what he is trying to explain to you about the situation of which he is referring to....more info
  • A Great Deal of Value
    Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

    This is a great motivational book for anyone, whether they are Christian or not. Osteen has been criticized for his super positivism and theory of entitlement from God for good in life. Anyone that bothers can easily ignore those sentiments and still derive a whole lot of benefit from the book. I find no problem with anyone who encourages a positive attitude. This is one of the best self-help books I've read and I've read loads of them. It is an excellent gift book also. I've given several of them as gifts. The doughnuts in this book far outweigh any perceived holes....more info
  • What an inspired writer
    I purchased this book for my Mother.She has been through a long, hard recovery period from surgery,and this writer has lifted her spirits,both emotional and spiritually.Her husband bought her tickets for them to go see him at a seminar.She said it was great. She has really gotten into this book.I would recommend this Author to anyone who may need a lift in life....more info
  • Life Changing Information
    Joel Osteen is an amazing man. This book is "THE SECRET" from the Christian perspective. I absolutely love the empowered feeling that this book manifests. Life is not about suffering and misery, it is about joy and service! God wants you to have everything you want! I know this, the world does not need one more poor miserable person, what this world does need is wealthy people who do wonderful things with their money and time. God is ALWAYS on our side all we need to do is truly believe and live in gratitude for all we have and all that is coming. ...more info
  • great inspirational book
    A great read, especially for a Christian reader. Fast shipping and arrived in very good condition due to good packaging. ...more info
  • Amazing Book
    I have read this book before, but I brought this one for a friend of mine and he loved it. Truly inspiring and encouraging....more info
  • Encouraging
    Fight The Good FightJoel Osteen is often critized for not preaching the Bible. This man writes a very encouraging book and preaches an encouraging message. Certainly not an expository preacher he is a great encourager and motivator. I thoroughly enjoyed the book....more info
  • Good self help for Christians
    This is an excellent self help book for christians and maybe some non christians. I reccomend it, I have read it myself and I actually bought this one for a friend in need. She loves it!...more info
  • Faith and a Future
    If you read this book and act on the author's suggestions, you'll feel better about things, your life, yourself, and your future. Osteen, leader of the non-denominational Lakewood Church in Houston, has been unfairly criticized by the media who portray him as some sort of huckster. It's obvious he profits from his ministry, but read the book and you'll understand why. Osteen's approach is gentle, positive, and uplifting. His teachings have greatly enriched the practice of my own faith, Roman Catholicism, and helped me to discover the treasures contained in Holy Scripture. There is also a book of devotionals based on this book. The chapters are brief enough to fit into a busy day, and both books offer a jumping off point to a more faith filled life. If you tend toward pessimism, you will greatly benefit from this book. If your spiritual life feels stale, this one's for you. If God is simply some vague unknown concept, He won't be after this book. A friend gave me Osteen's first two books nearly three years ago, and I found them to be life-changing . I keep them close by for those difficult times when I need a some encouragement....more info
  • Must read
    Fantastic book, I have read and reread it and have purchased many copies to give as gifts - everyone has loved it....more info
  • Transformation
    "Beware of associating with or adopting the attitudes of people who, through their negative outlook and lack of self-esteem, will rob you of the greatness that God has for you." ~ pg. 60

    Is your life all that you want it to be? Could you use the transforming power of God's love in your life? In "Your Best Life Now," Joel Osteen shows you how to go from depressed and unfulfilled to emotionally healed and joy filled.

    "Your life is not going to change until you first change your thinking." ~ pg. 7

    One of the secrets of living "your best life" is to monitor your thoughts and to learn to think more positively. Unlike other books that say that the "Universe" wants to give you whatever you desire, Joel Osteen focuses on God and how He wants to bless your life with abundance. Are you ready to reprogram your mind? Most of the book talks about how you should speak and act to guarantee God's favor.

    Can a decision to have a better marriage really work? Joel Osteen believes that you can turn any situation around with God's help. Personally I've noticed that my marriage is better not only when I ask God to make it better but I also do my part in reading books on the subject. Positive thinking will lead you in the right direction but you still have to make the effort if you want your dreams to come true.

    I liked Joel Osteen's advice about how to break negative cycles. Just because your family is poor doesn't mean that you have to live that way too. I also appreciated his ideas on how negative thoughts can lead to a negative life. One of the most helpful sections of the book talks about unforgiveness and how this can keep your prayers from being answered.

    "Your Best Life Now" is filled with numerous inspirational stories. The story of how Joel Osteen's mother overcomes cancer is truly miraculous. If you are suffering from any illness I can highly recommend this book. Many of the stories brought a smile to my face.

    "Your Best Life Now" is one of the most positive books you will ever read. If you are satisfied with your life this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you feel that your life could be much better (getting out of debt, looking for a job promotion, a better marriage, improved health, a positive healthy outlook and renewed self-esteem, answered prayers, financial success) then this book has a lot to offer.

    Joel Osteen not only preaches a message of hope and love he lives what he preaches and is a living example of the principles he teaches in "Your Best Life Now." One of the things that impresses me is his care and concern for all the people he ministers to. His books have blessed my life and they have taught me many secrets of the successful Christian life. It would be easy to say that Joel Osteen is just lucky but instead of taking credit for his success he gives God all the glory.

    ~The Rebecca Review
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  • GREAT BOOK
    21st Century Woman of Virtue
    Excellent book of encouragement and practical ways in improve our lives. The Word of God wants us to live victorious and Joel sets out the seven steps to help us reach our full potential. I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to improve their lives and reach for their own potentials.

    I highly recommend this book!!
    Dianne Pedersen, Author of: 21st Century Woman of Virtue...more info
  • Thank you Joel Osteen for love, light, power, wisdom
    I am grateful for someone like Joel Osteen, a funny and warm-spirited person, who writes and preaches the word of God in the style that he does. His book is uplifting and his absolute faith helps the reader to remember that God really is in charge. Joel is funny and witty and the way that he writes makes this book an interesting and an easy read. I appreciate that Joel doesn't keep repeating rhetoric. He is refreshingly modern, spiritual, tuned in, and I feel that he bridges the gap between people of all faiths. Thank God there is someone out there who does not create separation (my religion is better than yours mentality). Yea for Joel Osteen's books, preaching and just being on earth preaching the WORD in the way that he does. He brings hope, increases faith, and just makes it easier to live life!
    Ruth Frances Hoskins, Ph.D., LCSW, Author, Dream Moments, The Voice in Your Dreams, Prophecy and Intuition...more info
  • Amazing!
    I have to tell you how eerie (sp?) the book was in timing! Each chapter I read seemed to address something taking place in my life at that very moment. There was a chapter that addressed not putting question marks where God puts periods...which diverted me off of a downsliding path that could have led to real destruction. I recommend this book to EVERYONE....more info
  • An Absolute Must Read!
    Over the last few years (this year in particular), my soul has been on a search for something. As a result, I've read so many books I could not even begin to list them all. To make a long story short, this book is by far on #1 on my list and as I've said--that would speak volumes to you if you saw my collection. Joel is down to earth & the real deal. He speaks with such sincerity when he does sermons, and in this book. While on this spiritual quest, a lot of the books I've read were related to manifesting-the most well known book being "The Secret". While I thought this book had some good things to say, I later found myself still feeling a void in the way this information was presented. "Your Best Life Now" filled the void and explained everything in such a way that made complete sense to me. This book really will enable you to live your best life now, and I can say that confidently after reading nearly every similar book out there. To Joel: Add this to your file that you read for inspiration and a quick pick me up--You are a wonderful person and you are the perfect example of the words you preach. You don't just talk the talk, you walk the walk. You and your life are proof of everything you speak of in this book. My favorite book of all time--one I would give to friends, family, my future children, or a stranger on the street. Truly life transforming. Congratulations!...more info

 

 
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