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Blessed in the Darkness: How All Things Are Working for Your Good

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The same God who leads us to green pastures guides us through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good.

All of us will go through dark times that we don't understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by FaithWords
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
So Very powerful!
Joel Osteen has written a brand new book that deals precisely with being able to see the blessing inside of the darkness. He explains how God promises He will walk with us and lead us through still waters. He is promising us as we walk through the valley that He will be with us through the struggles. And on the other side we will be rewarded with greater blessings.

I hadn’t even got past chapter one and I found myself reading with tears streaming down my face. Eve
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I like this author. He has a positive message that he perpetuates with great passion. Given all the drama in my current work place, I thought that this was just what I needed, but for some reason, it didn't have as great of an effect on me as I had hoped for. While I appreciate the positive message, there were some things I strongly disagreed with. There was also a fair amount of repetition in this, so 3 stars. I still like the author but this book didn't do it for me. ...more
Chris Mitchell
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Blessed in the Darkness confirms what I have always believed about life that are struggles have purpose.

In Pastor Osteen’s most recent book, “Blessed in the Darkness: How All Things Are Working for Your Good” Joel not only make a case, but provides plenty of evidence (both from the Bible and real-life examples) to support the belief that everything in our life happens for a reason.

I had always believed that my disabilities:
• being born with birth defects from the rubella syndrome including catar
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"You lost a job, a position, a major client, but God has a new position, new opportunities, new levels for you. If you go through the valleys, trusting, believing God is in control, you will come to the table prepared for you. Into the fresh anointing, into increase where you cup runs over." (Joel Osteen, Blessed in the Darkness)

God has planned your future and it is a great one. All the things that you are going through today is not where you will end up in the end. You may be going through diff
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
IMHO. Joel Osteen writes the best inspirational books out there.

They are all quite similar, say the great same messages, but bless me just the same.

Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
-I called upon the Lord Almighty God in November 2017. I wept out. I was lost, confused, sad, and in pain. I did not know where else to go, I was scared and almost gave up on me.
-He answered my call on 12/8/2017 by sending his disciples and angels who delivered this book to me. It was placed on top of a trash can at a Bus Terminal. Of course, I checked around and waited. I was silently shocked, but I knew immediately, it was Him.
-God is real. He listens and loves us. God watched me and knew. (
J.D. DeHart
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be an enjoyable reflection on choosing to believe the best, even in difficult circumstances.

Joel Osteen gives personal and professional examples of overcoming obstacles throughout the book, and compares the suffering and problems people face to a seed of faith germinating for later fullness.

There are many words of encouragement and kindness offered here - words that will no doubt linger with readers as they move along their path of faith with God.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
All of us go through dark times that can test our sanity and sometimes even our faith. These times are a part of the human journey. We have to remain positive and know that God is in control. Pastor Osteen states that if we stay faithful and have a good attitude, all things will work out positively.
This was a good book when you are under a load of stress and need a reboot. Most of the book was super positive, but a chapter or two focused on the negative sides of different dilemmas. I didn’t fee
Cindy Vincent
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When everything is going your way, it's easy to count your blessings. But what about the times when absolutely everything goes haywire and it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel? That's when it's much more of a challenge. And this book specifically addresses those times, and shows how God can really be blessing you during those dark times. In fact, God may even use those times to further you, and cause you to reach and grow. Remember, without Goliath, there would be no David. ...more
Celina Giddings
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very powerful book. This book showed me that there is always hope in rough times even when you think there is none. During these times it's difficult to stay on the right track. We just have to keep our faith and know that good will come. ...more
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this when I had lost all hope and was consumed by discouragement. After spending a year and a half working hard to advance in my job to no avail, I was defeated. This book completely changed my way of thinking and started giving me hope and encouragement. By the time I completed the book, I advanced in my job. I wholeheartedly believe it was because I had changed my perspective.
Charles Reimler
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Narcissistic “I” Religion: Joel Osteen
Signs Autographs Like A Celebrity &
Saint Peter At Gates Of Heaven Will
NOT HONOR His Autograph As A Guaranteed Ticket Into Heaven! Mature People Live Humbled Lives! Book Rehash
Self-Help Has Similar Content “Other” Self-Help Gurus Nothing New Content!
“Large $ Profits” In The “Not-For-Profit” Religion Business, Plus “Prancing Status” Before Suckers!
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the right book just happens to come along at the exact right time. This did live up to it’s title, offering much to think about, real-life examples and testimonies as well as Bible stories to further add to the points it made and some well-given advice. I appreciated that. I also appreciated that the author shared times he went through dark periods. It helps when the person writing about topics like this has some personal experience with it, and that is even one of the points he makes: ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The latest in the Houston preacher's collections of homilies. Give Osteen credit for having a formula and working it hard. Osteen will take simple, every day, experiences (getting stuck under a bench press weight bar) or just devices such as the navigational system in his car (remember those?) and turning them into lessons on God. As usual, the focus is God and not Jesus whom Osteen rarely touches upon. This may be related to Joel's very frequent references to his own father. This outing present ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am going to be honest, I am not a huge Joel Osteen fan, but "Blessed in the Darkness" was a great book that I really enjoyed and I think he did a great job with this book. We all have experienced seasons in our life where things don't go the way we have planned. Whether you have been in financial turmoil, difficult relationships or your family has been attacked, we have all faced trials in our life. However, it is what we do and who we look to in those situations that make us the people God ha ...more
Angie Dent
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blessed in the Darkness is truly a blessing! If you’ve been waiting a long time for a prayer to be answered or have ever asked God “why” about anything you’ll love this book! Pastor Joel really helps you to understand those “whys” and what to do when your prayers aren’t getting answered or the problem isn’t turning around.

At the very beginning, you’re encouraged. Reading this book was like walking through the “halls of faith” of Hebrews Chapter 11. Every personal example pointed to a faith chap
Mariel Cardinal
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joel Osteen’s Blessed in the Darkness feeds your soul with bible verses and some life lessons that will surely give you hope. The book is good for self reflection and also a great reminder that one must have faith in God. We might lose our loved ones, our jobs or even everything in life. Joel tells us that God will always be there for us. And reminds us that "This is not yet over for you, it could be the start."

Like the other books, Joel Osteen this never failed to bring God's words to your ever
John Johnson
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Everyone goes through difficult times in their lives. This book is about how God will help you through those hard times and use them to promote you. God uses the challenges in the dark times to bring you to our destinies. Nothing can stop you from reaching the destiny God has for you except you. This is the message of this book.

Osteen always delivers a positive message of God's favor and this book is no exception. If you are a fan of Joel Osteen, I believe this is one of his best books. If you a
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was grateful enough to receive an e-copy of this novel through NetGalley! All that is asked of me is to give an honest review and that's what I plan to do here. This is another "spoiler-free" review. It's nonfiction and hard to spoil. This book is currently out! It came out on the 24th of this month. So, you can go ahead and grab a copy if you are interested. :)

Okay, so if you aren't aware I am a Christian.  don't talk about my faith too much because of how negative people can be. Of course if
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read Joel's books before but this one has gone right to the top of the list for me. I am going through a very difficult time right now in my life. Something I never ever thought I would experience. Reading this book has given me hope that out of this awful circumstance I find myself in that some how God is going to work this situation out for my good. I have started to listen to it for the second time. I listened to it on Audio. Great read if you are going through a challenge in your life ...more
Lenita Sheridan
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope for the Hurting

The only disappointment I had with this book is that when I finished it, it was over. After the recent loss of a loved one, this book appeared in my Kindle at just the right time. One of my favorite chapters was one about being anchored to hope. The author ends on the right note, that your ending will be good, which is what the last chapter is all about.
Dustin Henson
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read as is all the books from Joel. A lot of insight in this book, not my absolute favorite, but definitely deserves a second read-through. It has opened my eyes to a new perspective on my own life and also my outlook on life. I recommend for any Osteen fan. This book will be cathartic and help you through those dark times.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Blessed in the Darkness is a little simplistic at times and full of trite phrases, but touches on finding God amid the disappointments and sorrows of life and powerfully shares personal stories of the author coping with his own challenges, especially his father's passing. It is a quick read and a nice salve for one who may be facing doubt in faith from sorrow or loss. ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome and I haven't finish reading it yet. It show me what's going on with my storms in my lift and turn my raging storms into calm seas thank Joel God is using you in a mighty way. I glad you wrote this book and it's helping me a lot can wait until I finish reading it I will keep it in my library. God bless you and your family. Sylvia from north Carolina ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has provided me withassurance and relief during this time of pandemic. Also, I now see my trials as means by which the Lord is working His grace in my life to lead me to His destiny. My key take away is to try my best to sustain my faith 'in the middle', and trust that God has my best intentions in mind. ...more
Misty Nordyke
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Joel and his ministry!
I love his uplifting and positive messages.
If you love the Lord and want to be uplifted and encouraged, I would recommend you read, listen and watch Joel.
This is another one of his awesome books!!!
Read and be blessed 🕇
Justin Heilman
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite from Joel. When things go wrong is when we start to question everything. This book helps you find the good in everything. It will even explain how even death of a close one can be a blessing. Very powerful.
Leigh Roberson
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book!

I have read many books by Osteen and as expected, this one is excellent. I found it very encouraging and full of ways to apply the biblical principles to your life. I am challenged and changed for the better.
Arianne Joyce
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Changing perspectives

This book is a great reminder that trials are blessings in disguise and used by God to help us become strong and prepared for the glorious future he in stored for us. A must read to revive your discouraged spirit to maintain your trust in the Lord.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I've learned that every time something dies in my life, something else is coming to life." -Joel Osteen

"Hold tightly to what God put in your heart, but hold loosely to how it's going to happen." -Joel Osteen

"Don't complain about the trouble; that difficulty set you up for double." -Joel Osteen
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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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“You may not realize it, but it’s in the dark places that you really grow. They’re where your character is developed, where you learn to trust God and to persevere, and where your spiritual muscles are made strong. In the dark places you pray more, you draw closer to God, and you take time to get quiet and listen to what He’s saying. In those dark places you reevaluate your priorities, you slow down and take time for family, and you get a new appreciation for what God has given you.” 2 likes
“God, this is a dark place. I may not see it now, but I believe it’s working for me. I’m getting stronger. I’m developing patience and perseverance and learning to trust You.” 1 likes
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