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Break Out!: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  1,205 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews

We were not created to just get by with average, unrewarding or unfulfilling lives. God created us to leave our marks on our generations. Every person has seeds of greatness planted within by the Creator. When life weighs upon us, pushing us down, limiting our thinking, labeling us in negative ways, we have what it takes to overcome and rise above into the fullness of our
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 16, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
The author is a minister of the Gospel. He has a lot of stories that he tells to help us understand God in a better way. I have been able to share one of those stories with a friend who needed help which fit that situation in her life. Therefore, I see these stories as helpful and soul satisfying.

In some places he uses Biblical passages. However, I feel that in too many of the stories he used Biblical references but he did not tell where to find the particular passages. That was a big let down
Jul 23, 2014 Brenda rated it liked it
Well, I have mixed feelings about this one. First of all, let me say that I won this in a First Reads giveaway. I have read several of Olsteen's books in the past and they seem to have the pattern of being quite redundant. The message is excellent, and I love tuning in to his broadcast and listening to his sermons, but his books aren't quite as good. That being said, he does make the point that God doesn't want us to just accept a mediocre life. He has big plans for us, and we need to do our par ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it
So far, I'm enjoying this read, as it is an easy one, and I always enjoy Joel's programs. I have to agree with some of our other reviews as saying alot of this is redundant, but I think that's his "thing", trying to get some of us "hardheaded" negative thinkers to think more positively, and trust in God to help us out; build our faith to new heights. I hope to finish this book very soon, and I'm proud to say I won this book (Thank you, Goodreads!)and will have a full review in a day or two!
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Aug 03, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listen to pastor Osteen every week and I love all his messages. This book was no exception! I love how uplifting and positive he is about God's message! I'd definitely recommend this and any other book of his!

*Received an ARC for an honest review.*
Beth Pieprzica
Jul 17, 2015 Beth Pieprzica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Uplifting and thought provoking book - Joel Osteen always has a powerful message - God has wonderful and extraordinary plans for everyones' life.
Sep 20, 2016 IAM_ALICIAMARIA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing and gave me strategies to deal with difficult situations.
Cindy Dockendorff
Jan 13, 2016 Cindy Dockendorff rated it it was ok
Very repetitive. Gives one hope that if this thing can get published, anyone can get published. Borderline heresy -- while it is true that God is able to perform miracles and plow through seemingly insurmountable obstacles and respond to one's faith in action, God does not automatically do these things for believers, no matter how much they believe and follow God's path. There are plenty of examples of people of great faith who did not see the fulfillment of God's promises and did not have thing ...more
Dec 25, 2013 Meg rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book! If you only read one of Joel Osteen's books, read this one! Joel gives scriptural reasons for why God wants us to succeed and to live the promises that He has placed in our hearts. Those dreams that we have in our hearts were placed there by Almighty God and will come to pass as we place our faith into action and trust in Him. In some ways, this book reminds me of the movie The Secret. The difference is that this is coming from a Christian perspective. Personally, both w ...more
Richard Kuhn
Oct 20, 2013 Richard Kuhn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent follow-up to "I Declare". "Breakout" is almost a companion book to "I Declare". By all accounts it is not but one could follow the progression. The only reason I didn't rate this a five star review is the fact that in the later chapters it becomes a bit repetitive to things mentioned in earlier books. However, if you're new to Osteen, this is most definitely a good place to start. I will refer to the opening 12-15 chapters many times. His style is easy to read and purposeful ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Vanessa rated it really liked it
I really liked Joel's new book. The only reason why I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is that it was many of his sermons rolled into a book. I really like his sermons, but I was hoping for some new material, too. There are some new things in the book, but a majority is sermons that I've already heard. But his message is so positive, that it's excellent reinforcement of things I need to hear! Listen to this book to get yourself pumped up to tackle life! You can do it!
Rosalie Pope
Oct 26, 2013 Rosalie Pope rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and thought it to be very motivating for me. You should always have a positive outlook in life and this just gives you more reason to believe that. Boy, I sure wish more people could believe in themselves to see things through in their lives. Don't give up at the first "no" that you hear. The next one could be the "yes" you were looking for. God has your back. If you are looking for inspiration, this is a great book to read.
Nov 03, 2013 Darcy rated it it was ok
My main problem with this book is that Joel uses several... many stories & examples to get the reader to the point. Perhaps some readers need several examples. I do not. It frustrated me & I felt like I was wasting my time.
Kathy Worrell  ツ
I enjoy listening to Joel Osteen. I just felt this audiobook was a little repetitive. Still a great book with awesome insight.
Jan 27, 2014 Yannie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I don't mind reading it more than once during times when I needed an extra dose of hope and courage!
Nov 21, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-nonfiction
A very uplifting message. Even though I'm not Christian, it is a great message that you are enough, perfect, and able to excel in life given the right frame of mind one which everyone can obtain.
Dec 04, 2013 Rich rated it really liked it
really good and not too religious oriented.
Judy Seaton
Nov 10, 2016 Judy Seaton rated it it was amazing
Great uplifting book. Encouraging too.
Dec 26, 2016 Leena rated it it was ok
skimmed it. read the summaries.
Mar 17, 2014 Jimersonmomma marked it as could-not-finish
I can't, I just can't do it! I tried, I tried to be positive and not judgmental, I flipped the jacket cover around so I could TRY and read the words without feeling like I was being stared at by the biggest phony creep, (why DOES he have to plaster every single one of his books with himself on the cover?!! It just seems so vain!! That's what an author bio and pic on the inside of the jacket cover are for!!!) but I just couldn't do it!!!! :0
1st problem- LOTS of scriptures mentioned, lots of stori
Sandee Bella
Mar 04, 2014 Sandee Bella rated it it was amazing
I thank God for anointing Joel to write this book. It's definitely a life changing book, very inspiring. Before, I was just going about my life, praying to God to just help me get by. I thought I had no purpose, no passion, no talent. I was waiting for God to show me what my talent was though. It was hard for me to keep living in the spirit because I had no hope, no vision for my life. I was addicted to this computer. Still wasn't happy. I was stressed and depressed all the time. I didn't believ ...more
Caleb Gibson
Aug 04, 2014 Caleb Gibson rated it it was amazing
So many times I have been down in the dumbs, as I got this book, it would lift me up. God has a great annointing on Joel to encourage believers. To many people attack Joel saying, "He's phony" "He's too positive," "He preaches a feel good message," and my favorite accusation, "He smiles too much." My friends I get it, you may disagree with his theology but pleese have a better explanation. If we are really going to knock the devil down we do not need to aim at people, we need to aim at their bel ...more
As soon as I opened the book and started reading "Believer bigger," it's like Joel Osteen speaking a live sermon in my home as if I hear his voice loud and clear as it rings in my ear. Shifting is a way to start a chapter and speak on things that people are either going through, struggling to get through, or seeking for a break-through. I am speaking some of the things aloud as well, we do need to BREAK OUT and GET FIT (faith, intimacy[with YHWH God], and trained)!

"Don't feel badly because you'r
Sep 09, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and found it to be very uplifting. It has drawn me into a closer relationship with the Lord and encouraged me to always be aware of His presence. Joel reminds us that we should always be obedient to God, that we should never repay evil for evil and we should trust and believe in Him to do what His word says. Joel tells us that we won't be without trouble, but, in knowing that, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit guiding and directing our lives, we have nothing to fear. We are ...more
Hyunil Kim
Jan 10, 2016 Hyunil Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back to basic.

I have read Joel Osteen's other books and since most of his messages were similar I naturally thought this book would same as well. To some of you this book sounds just like his other books. Same uplifting, positive, never give up speech and I thought I was past such phases. But for whatever reason I started to read this book, thinking to myself, his messages are pretty much same this book should be no different.
I am surprised of myself of enjoying this book and how much encourag
Jan 22, 2014 thewestchestarian rated it liked it
Note: not a how to on escaping prison. Pastor Joel's latest roundup of his short and simple homilies originally broadcast on his wildly successful television show and podcast from the massive Lakewood Church in Houston Texas. To say taken from Joel's remarks on his weekly broadcast is an understatement as they are replicated her verbatim including visually-based references more understandable on video. However, as with his other books, Osteen's motivational speeches are more effective than a cup ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
"Dead bones represent dreams and goals that we don't think will come to pass. God had the power to bring these dead bones to life, but God needed a person who believed so He could work through him."
This is one of the many inspirational passages in Osteen's latest book. This book reads like one of his lively Sunday messages. I appreciate that Osteen doesn't fall into the total prosperity preaching package. He discusses at length when the balance between faith and reality. Christians are not immu
Oct 24, 2013 IrenesBookReviews rated it it was amazing
Anytime you read a book by Joel Osteen you will put it down feeling encouraged and ready to face any difficulty you are dealing with. If, however, you are wanting an in-depth book about Biblical principles you might want to look elsewhere. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I liked the ease of reading this book, the author’s ideas and stories flow from one to the other. I did think that some of the material was familiar, like maybe I had read some of the stories or ideas in one of his other books. That ...more
May 27, 2014 Alexis rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered, who can tell you the right way to go? I have.
In the story "Break Out"! Joel Osteen, and his wife Victoria wrote this amazing book about going beyond your barriers in your life, it has definitely helped me.
Can this book change your life, find out!

In this book it was sort of difficult, but it was also totally understanding. I had already lended it to a classmate and he thinks it's amazing also.This book does have plenty of series and I will continue reading it. I will also
Chelsea DeVries
May 25, 2014 Chelsea DeVries rated it it was amazing
This book inspired my faith so much and I really believe that God has great plans for my future. In such an uncertain time of trying to get an internship set up so I can finish my degree all while I just want to be a writer, it can be disconcerting when I don't hear back from the companies I've applied to. It's also can be discouraging being single while my friends and family have continued success in their love lives. Yet, I will not be moved by all these circumstances and I know I will continu ...more
Dec 11, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it
This book started out as no more than two stars for me. It seemed so egregiously built around the Prosperity Gospel that all you have to do is claim the promises in the Bible and nothing but prosperity and wealth will follow. It was just too over the top optimistic that all will be great.

However, the book started to grow on me. There are a lot of great Biblical promises that should be reassuring us. Bad stuff does happen, but the key is that trusting God is the only way to live life with comple
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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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