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I Declare: Proclaiming the Promises of God Over Your Life

4.44  ·  Rating Details ·  3,067 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
Broken into thirty-one segments, this book defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations will affirm God's blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles.
Published September 18th 2012 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2012)
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Karen Coccioli
I follow many of the positive thinkers, i.e. Esther Hicks, Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden, Byron Katie... all of whom---that I am aware of--- do not preach to be a member of any organized religion. And while in the very beginning of my spiritual journey when I began seeking speakers and authors who preach creative manifestation, I used to listen to Joel Osteen, I stopped when I learned that he was against homosexuality. My break-up with Joel happened about two years ago.

Fast forward to my visit with
This book is a very simple book with some simple saying to say when you are having a bad day. It is divided into 31 sections.

Overall this book was good. I did like the uplifting feel of the book. If you are feeling discouraged or sluggish in your day to day life, this book will be a great help to you. I have read most of Joel Osteen’s books and this book is just as good as the others. If you have not read any of his others this a great book to start with. He is a preacher that likes to stay posi
Daisy Lenelle
Sep 29, 2012 Daisy Lenelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I feel as though I was meant to read this. I initially checked it out to see if I wanted to get this for my mother. She's a huge fan, so I thought I'd read it and see if it was anything I would like to give and maybe enjoy myself. Little did I find, it's right up my alley. I've been in this mindset to fix the negatives that find their way into my mind, and turn them into positives. It's one of the subjects he touches on. In a very hectic, busy world, it's easy and common to look at your ...more
Jeanne Stephens
Dec 06, 2012 Jeanne Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great daily devotional. It will help you change your life- one day at a time. If you can be positive in your thoughts and words, it will bring about positive changes in your life. The book is a great self-esteem builder. I really liked all of the stories that Joel added to get his point across. When you read the stories about what happens to other people it builds your faith. Every idea is backed up by scripture. I like reading the promises in the Bible. If things in your life are not ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much of the book was repetitive. Some of the ideas presented were unrealistic, such as "it will not take years to overcome an obstacle, to get out of debt, or to meet the right person." What about teaching faith in God's timing? We endure some challenges for a lifetime, just as Paul did with the thorn in his flesh or his physical infirmity.
Patrice Hoffman
*won through a Goodreads Giveaway*

When I received the notification that I'd won this book I was so excited. I am a huge fan of
Joel Osteen but not because I am an uber-Christian. I'm a fan of his because he is positive and that's what the world needs more of. Growing up in a very religious family has helped me to understand that no matter the religion or the pastor, the message is always the same: BE GOOD AND POSITIVE. I know that may seem trivial or not scholarly enough but it's my truth. Work
Dec 25, 2012 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have now read this one three times over the last three months. Great way to jump start great changes in your life. Fast read and great stories to back up motivational messages. This is the kind of book you can hand off to someone who needs a good pick me up read.
Nov 04, 2012 Latiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you follow Osteen's sermons, podcasts and books and are in need of a faith refresher this is the book for you.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. What's not to LOVE? It is filled with passages to reaffirm your faith and remind you of God's promise to take care of his children.

I only have two teensy complaints. I saw that Osteen had written a new book and immediately reserved it without reading the description, so I had no idea that you are supposed to read a passage a day for 31 days. I had to ret
May 23, 2013 Adra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Adra by: Tracey Merritt
An avid fan of Joel Osteen books, this literary read was given to me this past November for my birthday. I had no idea the following January that I'd be referred by my physician to have surgery. There were several challenges I edured during the procedure. From losing blood-to being operated on for over eight hours,the outcome of it all was not what I nor my doctor anticipated. Enduring a lot of pain, I somehow managed enough will and determination to start reading this book. There were some nigh ...more
Lisa B.
My Thoughts

I have always enjoyed listening to Joel Osteen preach. This book is very similar to the message he sends in his sermons - have faith! The book talks about the power of what we say out loud and that we need to project positive words out to the universe. It is written as 31 separate devotionals, one to be read each day of the month. I did read the book over a few days, but now I plan to use it as intended - to start each new day with a positive message and move forward from there.

POWERFUL!! What a great way to start the new year!! Osteen shows us in 31 days how "our words have power." That whenever we speak either good or bad, we give life to what we are saying. Forget the negative and focus on the positive! Send your words into the direction you want your life to go. Each day, take a moment to bless your future with positive, inspiring and encouraging declarations.
Mar 01, 2015 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a read-again. I've never read any of Joel Osteen's books, but each daily reading was so uplifting. I believe it makes a real difference to not only think positive things, and trust God to do good things in your life, but to Speak these blessings out loud. God wants to bless us, because He loves us; we love Him by keeping His commandments, but a lot of people take that to mean God's just a "rule-keeper". Rather, God is trying to help us live a life that is powerful and peaceful ...more
May 07, 2013 Jeremiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's satisfying to know that we can do all things through Christ. I have been brought up in a Christian family and I thought I knew the word, but when I heard Joel preaching I was amazed, he cut the scriptures into bite size pieces. My brain easly absorbed and I got a new perception.
I'd recommend this book to any Christian, finally I get to learn more about God and I realize that He's always there for me.
What blew me away was the fact that my words create my future. When you speak defeat you
Sheena Ewan
Oct 07, 2013 Sheena Ewan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So powerful - probably just about every promise resonated with me. More than a few brought me to tears - obviously touching on something I could relate to. I'm not an overly religious person, in fact to be honest, I'd say I shy away from religion. "Spirituality" feels more inclusive, but I LOVE Joel. Every time I see him on television, I'm so enthralled with him, the message he delivers. Joel speaks to everyone, no matter what denomination or religion. This could be a quick easy read, although i ...more
May 18, 2014 Mai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
31 declarations to speak victory over your life and increase your faith .I loved it Alot ,although I'm Muslim but i believe spirituality has no religion.speaking to your obstacles or "Mountains" and commanding them to be removed is something anyone can do ,if we used our inner power of faith and Just believe :)
It all starts in the mind and the words you use can change your life dramatically ,so speak positively and know that you are truly blessed.
Very uplifting and inspirational book,highly reco
J.J. Lair
This seems like one of those books at the back of the Hallmark store where they put all those inspirational books that are quick reads. This book has the 31 declarations for self improvement. Then there's a non-spcific story that relates to the declaration.
It wasn't educational or intense. There were no big Bible lessons to be learned. The book was a short feel good book. It didn't strike me as much.
Kris Marley Patrick
I confess- I love Joel. In my defense to those of you who are mentally making fun of me I love anyone who smiles and laughs all the time regardless of faith. The anecdotes got a little tiresome. I would have been fine if he skipped them altogether but that would have made this slim little guide even slimmer... I have someone in mind who could really use some nudging with the power of positive thinking. I will pass this on to her!
Deb Morgan
Jul 16, 2013 Deb Morgan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I don't want to scare anyone with the addition of this book to my shelves...While I do not really get into the whole scripture thing I appreciate this book for the ease and conciseness of it's declarations. I believe in the power of words and feel like we all have mental "chatter" that needs to be edited. This book provides an easy daily lesson in the form of very short chapters to do just that. Perfect for a busy lifestyle.
Gayle Irwin
Nov 26, 2012 Gayle Irwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of Pastor Osteen's previous books, and this is one of my favorites! Easy to read and an encourager to apply to one's life. As a Christ-follower, I still find I struggle with many things in life, and Joel's easy-going demeanor and encouraging attitude, as well as practical advice and Scriptural application, make this book appealing. Words can be life or death -- they permeate the soul. It's best to feed on life-affirming words, for those are words that Christ used.
Aug 09, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have seen a number of reviews saying that this book was not good, because it preaches favor, sunshine, and roses. Granted, I do agree that there are things that are not exactly biblically sound in this book. For example, God never promises that believers will have it easy or that all roads will be smooth; however this book does teach a lot about how you can lean on God to change your attitude about your circumstances. Who doesn't need a good dose of that once in awhile?
Kathy Worrell  ツ
I really enjoy reading books by Joel Osteen. Joel inspires and motivates me, while making me smile.

I only have one issue with them: all his books are very similar, he doesn't change any of his stories or examples.

My memory isn't even that great anymore. But, I can still recall all of his stories.
Judy Collins
Sep 25, 2013 Judy Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Joel Osteen’s outlook on life and his reinforcement on positive thinking as well as others. I watched him on OWN network on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah. Nice daily devotions to stay positive and expect the best in your life. We are what we think and it is always good to be reminded of this with uplifting daily messages or mantras.
Oct 04, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I Declare is a little different than Joel Osteen's other books. This is more a true prayer book with short prayer a day for 31 days. Along with the prayer are just a few pages to declare and acknowledge God's blessings in your life. I enjoy Joel Osteen's books, I find a comfort in them.
Rae Lewis-Thornton
It was a great little book to get a pick me up... I actually read it over the 31 days maybe more like 40 because I missed a few day. But each day was a positive message and something to make you like about your life and faith
Mar 18, 2015 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book. I got it for Christmas and it was the perfect way to start my new year, however it is perfect for reading anytime, especially if you need guidance or encouragement during a difficult time. Like all of Joel's teachings, it's not preachy in anyway and I just love it!
Amanda Smith
Feb 11, 2013 Amanda Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was SO surprised with this devo. I am NOT a prosperity doctrine follower nor a "law of attraction" believer. So I am skeptical typically of anything by Osteen. my dear frend recommended this to me and I LOVE it! Every day I read I am fed by this word. love!
Nikki Penda
Enjoyed the book but felt that some of the 31 points were a bit redundant. Would recommend for a monthly devotional.
Dec 29, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to keep handy when you need an affirmation. As I grow in my faith, these are the declarations that will enhance my Christian journey. I thought it was a great read!
Randy Read
Dec 17, 2012 Randy Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is great because you can read each one of God's promises and speak them over your life everyday
Aug 16, 2013 AliMer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always go back to this book, it's keeps you going by reminding us we are all in earth for a reason!!!
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JOEL OSTEEN is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. He is the senior pastor of America's largest congregation, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. More than 45,000 people attend services there every week. His televised messages are seen by more than 10 million viewers each week in the United States, and millions more in 100 nations around the world. His 24-hour channel on SiriusXM Satell ...more
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