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Your Best Life Now

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  9,661 ratings  ·  485 reviews
Joel Osteen offers 100 daily inspirations for living the life you deserve. The 100 daily thoughts, messages and scripture verses will enable readers to rise above all obstacles and live in health, abundance and victory.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published October 1st 2004)
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I had heard a lot about Joel Osteen in recent years, and found myself very curious about him for some reason. Being raised Catholic, it's sort of an oddity for someone like me to be intrigued by a television preacher. (You're supposed to only seek guidance from your parish priest!) So it was with some trepidation that I bought this book. I rationalized that I had found it on sale at the local Walmart, so it was okay.

I read this book at a very stressful time in my life. I was under a lot of press
People come down hard on Joel Osteen. By the religious he's accused of preaching a prosperity gospel (he doesn't). By the secular he's accused of having too much money (though he *shares* that wealth, and encourages others to do the same). Joel Osteen just can't stay out of trouble, but he is the head of the largest church congregation in America (, with books on best-seller lists, so not everyone is critical of him. I'm not.

"Your Best Life Now" simply te
Jan 22, 2008 Jami rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jami by: Stewie
I tink that Jole Osteen is more of a motivational speaker. I belive he has a love for GOd, please don't get me wrong, however I do think that he is to focused on positive thinking. He says over and over again that if you think it, and believe it enough, than God will provide it. I don't necessarily belive that to be true. There are many bad things that happen to good people, and I belive there is a purpose and a plan for everything under HEaven, just like the Bible says.... you have to take the ...more
India Celeste
I was a college student going through one of the worst years of my life when a friend gifted this book to me with an inscription. It was EXACTLY what I needed at that time, and since then I have been a loyal Osteen supporter. I disagree with people who down this book and Joel by saying that he doesn't speak about the negative or not getting your way. They are missing the message. This book advocates that you can't use the bad stuff that happens as an EXCUSE to stay on a negative course or stop f ...more
Shanee Chung
I went through the first half of the book thinking that the author sounded a bit repetitive at times and a bit overzealous (getting slightly annoyed at the excessive use of exclamation marks ;p) but I pressed on because it had its brilliant moments too. However to my appreciation this book got better and better as it went on. It is a book that has definitely made a lasting influence on me. It is insightful and conveys a lot of positive messenges. It reminded me that God is good and He is willing ...more
Bradley Koch
Jul 31, 2007 Bradley Koch rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I read this book because it is central to my dissertation research of the Prosperity Gospel. Had it not been, I never would have picked it up, and I cannot recommend it, either. Most of the views put forth by Pastor Osteen are at best heterodox to what most would consider the core of traditional, orthodox Christianity; at worst—and probably more correctly—they are heretical. The self-centered focus of the “steps,” not to mention the title, of this book place it outside the teachings of the histo ...more
This guy repeats himself over, and over and over and over again, for the entire book. I don't know why he bothers with chapters when a little pamplet would have done nicely.
Before reading this book, I had a hard time with my family. I also had many discontent in my life. Especially, I have studied in order to go to school in USA for getting a master degree. Whole procedures were not easy for me to move forward with positive attitude. I'm allways nervious about my future and my result of test. I had no confidense and I'm crying all day with negative image. I almost thought a bad action. Whenever I face a barrier, I just try to avoid this circumstance. That was my li ...more
Joel is the pastor of Lakewood Church here in Houston. My father was a big fan of his father's - John Osteen, and our whole family would pile up on Sunday and drive out to hear him preach. Now Joel has taken over (John Osteen passed away) and his following is about 45,000 strong every Sunday, and he broadcasts around the world. This book is very uplifting and Joel tells us how God wants more for us than our minds are allowing, and how we can change that.
Eugene Kok
Joel Osteen really writes from the heart!

I really like that he does not sugar coat in the novels, he admits even though as a Pastor, he's not free from imperfections. I like that raw honesty. His patience was tested on a few times when he's car got scratched after the wash and when a pizza operator was impolite to him. Yes he knew then he could act then to ruin someone else day, but, he knew God was giving him a lesson he could learn. Perhaps is patience or perhaps being kind to the pizza operat
Stephanie S
Blah blah blah more of the same from Osteen. A friend dragged me to one of his services in Houston years ago and it was very disquieting -- had a modern Jim Baker (sans tears) feeling. I think he's laughing all the way to the bank. I don't trust this individual in the slightest.
Horrible writer. Very repetitive. Self-focused "spirituality". I get the impression that he hasn't lived enough to understand what he's trying to address in a way that won't seem light-weight or condescending to those whose lives have been harder than his.
James McTyre
"God helps those who help themselves." If the irony of this statement is lost on you, you'll love this book. I read it as prep and interpretation of my visit to Lakewood Church, which I very much enjoyed. A pleasant visit notwithstanding, the book is the verbal embodiment of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. Osteen takes a small amount of nourishment and stretches it, repetitively across a vast number of pages. Of course, he doesn't care what I or anyone else think, because he's basking in the p ...more
Tomas Perez
A book about how to treat Jesus like he's a personal genie and not your Lord and savior. Whoever doesn't preach the WHOLE gospel, doesn't preach the true gospel.
Brandon Clay
In beginning this review, I will acknowledge that I followed the messages of Joel Osteen's father, John Osteen for many years. He was part of the first wave of word-based preachers (sometimes referred to as prosperity preachers) who gave a new generation of Christians a different outlook on God, the Bible, and the possibilities for their lives.

It is obvious to see the great impact and love that Joel has for his father and the things he accomplished. When the senior Osteen passed, the son took th

I recently watched a few different interviews with Pastor Joel Osteen and I was impressed by his positivity and he also talked about something that really stuck with me.
He mentioned how to always stay positive with our attitudes and that our words really do have power.
I've heard both of those things time and time again, but this time I was ready to receive it and needed it too.

He was talking about how when you say things like ,"Today is such a bad day".....or "I'll never make anything of my life
Bethany White
Although it may sound silly, I found this book quite responsive in terms of guidance and encouragement. As this has been an extremely hectic semester, I was unable to read this as hungrily as I would have intended. However, on those rare quiet evenings when I had somehow managed to finish my homework early, I would pick up this book and read a little before bed. What a wonderful book to wind down with, to inspire you, and to refresh your spirit. Sure enough, whatever I was struggling with at tha ...more
I was always told that if you wanted to learn how to do something, find someone who is way better at it than and learn from them. If you don't know how to make every little second in life to be fantastic, and I am sure I don't, then Joel Osteen would be the man to read. This book definitely helps you to keep your eyes off of yourself and your problems and keeps you focused on the bigger picture. Does it really matter in the grand scheme of my life if there are dishes in the sink and the kids are ...more
Kevin Rodriguez
Though I read this book second after Osteen's "This Is Your Time" woke me up to the fact that I needed to stop being so hard on myself, this book still had some practical steps to walking in the Christian faith. It's somewhat of a retread of the aforementioned book, and the book fails to stress that bad things will still happen and offer advice with how to deal with those situations, but the basic truth that faith and love in Christ will lead to great things is still here. I don't believe your l ...more
David Santos
My only negative comment to this is that everything in this book is from his sermons. If you've heard his sermons than you wont fin anything ne win this book, but its great stuff. His sermons are about living a better life with Jesus. Finding happiness with Jesus, how to include Jesus in your life and how to enjoy life Jesus' way. This book actually inspired me to start writing. My first manuscript was a preachy type book like this one, but somehow it fell into the paper shredder while I was sle ...more
Scott Bingham
Pastor Osteen's book caught me at just the right time. A guest in our home accidentally left it behind and I picked it up on an impulse. Joel's words have given me a bit of the old spring in my step.
If you are "spiritually-oriented" like I am, don't take this book literally. Substitute "God" with "The Universe" or "Buddha" and all of a sudden the positive metaphors about synchronicity and faith fly. It's a good, easy read, taken in small doses. Search out the passages that resonate...and then r
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I was tempted to give two stars to this book because of some biblical wisdom principles and some moving illustrations. But two stars translates to, "It's okay." And it's just -not- okay for someone who claims to be a Christian to tell others how to live up to their created potential without telling them the gospel. That is, for people to reach their potential they must be restored to a right relationship with their Creator, and that can't happen without rudimentary knowledge of the ans
Kisha Munson
I will be reading this starting tonight. A couple of years ago, I was waiting for my ex at Barnes and Noble, and flipped through a few pages and liked what I read. I bought the book soon after, but never got a chance to read it. I like Joel Osteen for the most part, and since I'm on the path of self-realization/improvement/etc, I'll see what he has to say.

I've been reading this for a couple of weeks now, and let me say it's just amazing. It's a Christian-based book, but even those who do
I really enjoy listening to Joel Osteen speak. He has such a positive message that makes a lot of sense. I particularly liked listening to the part of this book about forgiveness. It's sometimes hard to understand that forgiving someone doesn't mean you condone the action that may have hurt you. You are forgiving them to set yourself free. I also liked that he said that happiness isn't a mood - it's a choice. You can wake up each morning and choose to be happy in life, even if there may be bad t ...more
I have read my share of Motivational and Spiritual books. Joel Osteen's style and approach leaks of true sincerness. I felt as if he were in my home talking directly to me. This book came in a time during my life when I truly needed some encouragement. Things in my life such as my divorce, and my business doing poorly resulted to me second guessing my capability. I understand now that despite of things not looking so great that they can change. I just need to stay encouraged. Thank you Mr Osteen ...more
I know Im several years behind on reading this one. But the reminders it contains came at a good time, for sure.\nIn this book, Pastor Joel Osteen lays out 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. These seven steps are:\n1. Enlarging Your vision\nWe need to look out of where we are right now and what current situations and circumstances our lives are in and envision more. Along with that comes having a continual awareness that the favor of God is on our lives because we are His children and to ...more
Carrie Ann
I picked this book up out of curiosity; I've grown up hearing all kinds of bad things about Joel Osteen. So I braced myself, and began with a very skeptical attitude. Which meant that I was not prepared for the blessing that I received in reading this book. Taking just this book, out of the context of Mr. Osteen's life and how he preaches and leads his church - not that I know anything about it, so I'm not suggesting anything - I found it to be not only very uplifting, but also surprisingly very ...more
I have to admit, I came to this book not expecting much. I had heard a lot about Joel Osteen having a "word of faith" bent, which doesn't sit well with me. Having read the book, I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. While Joel's message is filled with positive thinking almost to the point of being law-of-attraction-esque, he never crosses that line into blowing-smoke territory. His premise, while optimistic, is also realistic: he doesn't offer you a formula for making sure everything tu ...more
If Joel Osteen was a cult leader, I'd totally join and drink the kool-aid! I choose the MP3 version of this book because I love his voice and I can see him smiling as he is talking. I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I bought the book at Half Priced Books. I sold a few of my books just to get his one. I'm going to listen to the book again coz, well, his voice is soothing and I think a second listen will help sink some things in. When my borrowed audio has expired I will then work on the ...more
Lawrence Danks
While this book is written by a famous television evangelist, it is a very positive and helpful, motivational and inspirational book. I know some readers might be turned off because they view it as a "Christian book", which it can certainly qualify as, but any reader can read it and get a strong positive message from it and ignore any parts that don't fit in with their view of the universe.
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Joel Osteen is an American best-selling author and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His ministry reaches over seven million broadcast media viewers weekly in over 100 nations around the world.

Joel, the son of John Osteen, a highly respected minister of the Gospel and the founder of Lakewood Church, attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied radio an
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