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

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In this remarkable New York Times bestseller, Joel Osteen offers unique insights and encouragement that will help readers overcome every obstacle in their lives.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 12th 2004 by Faithwords (first published October 1st 2004)
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Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was ok
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
Bradley Koch
Jul 31, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash
The book is heretical,
and repugnant.
It's teachings pathetically attempt to do away with God's word by using verses out of context and by arrogantly neglecting the attributes of the living God seen in scripture.
Mark my words, this man blatantly deceives.
Jesus is merely a footnote that satisfies his critiques.
Indeed, Joel Osteen denies the holy God of the bible by portraying a god he made up that flocks to "satisfy" all his fleshly desires, namely, temptations.
I would not re
Sister Pam
May 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Osteen presents a Christian lifestyle very different from that lived by Jesus. In a time and culture where greed reigns supreme, it doesn't surprise me that his prosperity gospel and belief that being Christian grants one privileges, including a favored position in the checkout lane at the grocery store. He delivers a message that people want to hear, not that which Jesus preaches.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
One needs to have mastered the Dark Tongue of Mordor to curse this book properly. There simply are not words in the English language to describe how awful, heretical, and ridiculous this book is.

The gospel is never presented.

Joel assumes all his readers are God’s children, and never tells them otherwise.

Wealth and health are worshipped, not God.

God is small and limited.

We are autonomous by our words and thoughts.

Faith is grounded in whatever I want to dream, not what God has revealed.

No Scriptur
India Celeste
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
-Not- Okay

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
Aug 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Tim Jones
Aug 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Two things: 1. Anyone who tells you there are 7 steps to blah, blah, blah is selling something. 2. The overarching word-of-faith theology that informs this book is biblically flawed and ignores a good bit of truth.
Stephanie S
May 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Scott Worden
May 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dont-recommend
I hope one day Joel Osteen realizes that praying to God and reading the Bible doesn't always translate into material possessions. That's not what Jesus preached.
Tomas Perez
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Joel Osteen is leading people to hell. The gospel that he is a preaching is a self-centered, God is my genie who grants wishes gospel. With that being said...

I read one review of this book that said something along the lines of "This entire book could be summed up in a pamphlet." I completely agree with that comment. I'll be honest, I started speed reading about halfway through the book because he was repeating himself over and over. The first few chapters explain what he is trying to say.

A lot
Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jin Kok
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook at night- a little bit every night before bed. I found it a cross between a self-improvement, motivational book and a religious one. This is the first time I've ever read/listened to this author before. I had only seen hum 1 or 2 times while flipping through the TV channels on a Sunday.

He's a smooth talking preacher who gives you advice on how to improve your life through prayer and self motivation techniques. He sounds a lot like Tony Robbins in that respect. I gue
May 31, 2017 added it
I read this to laugh.
I laughed.
Brandon Clay
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: success, spirituality
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
Carrie Ann
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
David Santos
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
James McTyre
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
"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
Cray Allred
Sep 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Puke, gag, weep, evil, tragic, stunning. Longer lament forthcoming.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Scott Bingham
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Kisha Munson
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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