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You Can You Will by Joel Osteen
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read July 31, 2014.

√ You Have Seeds of Greatness in You!

This book is primarily a book of encouragement, not a book of theology. The author lists 8 specific traits that sincere Christians should exhibit if they want to achieve all that God has in store for them. These benefits come about because God favors his children, and wants them to achieve greatness, even here on Earth.

The winner is exhorted to remember these 8 qualities:

♦ Keep Your Vision in Front of You
♦ Run Your Race
♦ Expect Good Things
♦ Have a Positive Mind Set
♦ Commit to Excellence
♦ Keep Growing
♦ Serve Others
♦ Stay Passionate

YOU CAN YOU WILL is fill of encouraging anecdotes and actual stories from friends of the author. They often relate to having a positive attitude, and not becoming discouraged. This positive mindset is a recurring theme through the book--face problems with a can-do attitude and avoid victim-hood thinking at all costs.

A winner should not give in to negative thoughts, and even not associate with those who are negative influences. Avoid those negative anchors, because they are likely impeding your drive to achieving great things.

The classical puritan work ethic is also a theme of this book, although not called out by name. The Christian winner should do MORE than is necessary--MORE than required by their employer: "When you're a person of excellence, you do more than necessary. You don't just meet the minimum requirements."

The "Spirit of Excellent" can manifest itself in many ways. Pastor Joel makes it a point to keep the church grounds clean. Why send the wrong message, since believers "represent god, and He is not sloppy. God is not run-down. God is not second class."

YOU CAN YOU WILL is bound to be a subject of controversy. The theme of the book focuses mostly on what a Christian can achieve in this world--what wonderful things one can do in this world. The idea of exactly what type of "Success" God wants for believers is assumed by the author. It is the same type of success that everyone wants--job, money, family, position, etc.

The controversial portions of this book may mask the many good ideas that believers should follow. For example, Pastor Joel encourages the reader in stewardship, using your abilities to the maximum, being diligent and hardworking, and not blaming others. Every Christian can agree that these are solid Biblical principles, with roots in the Protestant Reformation.

YOU CAN YOU WILL is an inspirational book aimed at believers who see God's favor in their life. These Christians want to take specific action, and this book will definitely light that fire.

For a contrasting perspective on the Christian life and Success, see Charles Stanley, "Success, God's Way."
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