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Joel Osteens Your Best Life Now - Book Review
Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen - Book Review by Mike Matthews
To get the full impact of this book, Your Best Life Now, I recommend that you see one of Joels sermons. Did you know he has one of the largest congregations in the U.S Did you know he didnt want to become a minister because he didnt think he could effectively talk in front of large audiences If youve never seen him preach, youre in for a treat - take some time and:
Joel Osteens ability to deliver a message is a gift and he uses all his talent to deliver his message. His smiling face, his accent, his stage presence, his sincerity, his analogies to real-life situations and his enthusiasm are just a few ways that Joel captures your attention for the 30-60 minute talks. Listen to Joel at least once before you read his book, Your Best Life Now. As you read, you will easily visualize him up on the stage in front of you as he personally reads you the book. His writing style mirrors his Sunday morning messages and youll find the same enthusiasm while reading this book
Rating - 4 of 5 Stars
Overall, Your Best Life Now is a very good motivational book. Many chapters will hit you directly with a positive force, while others will cause you to ask "...why did he include this in book...". I would have rated this a 5, but there were a few conflicting points in the book and there were a few times he strayed from the topic of living to your full potential.
One of the best points is Joels discussion about making time to focus on your pursuit of true goals, instead of crowding your day with mundane tasks and other peoples priorities. Losing focus on the important goals is so easy to do and his thoughts on this subject are well written in the book. One of points that I found difficult to accept is, trusting God to bring justice into your life. In my opinion, this belief is too simplified and naive.
Even though I am not a strong religious person, Your Best Life Now contains more good points than not so good points and for that, it is a must read. His enthusiasm will help motivate you to improve your life and to improve the life of others. If you want to listen to him read the book, then consider ordering the CD version or cassette version of Joel Osteens book, Your Best Life Now. Check out the best prices at http://www.your-key-to-success.com/yourbestlifenow.html.
The Best Advice - Enlarge Your Vision
Joel starts with a great analogy about a gorgeous house in Hawaii that a vacationing friend was admiring. The friends comment was something like "I cant imagine ever living in a place like that." In the book, Joel states it well with one of his many quotes; "We have to first conceive it on the inside before were going to receive on the outside." You need to change your mindset and first, imagine yourself living in that fabulous house. Your Best Life Now discusses the need to create a larger vision for your life and your personal goals. He also mentions the need to avoid getting stuck in a rut and youll see more successes with your relationships, personal finances, health, etc. Joel also proceeds to tell us that God expects much more from all of us and settling for a small vision is not what God or others expect.
Do you think Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, Warren Buffet - had small visions Absolutely Not! Every successful person starts with a great vision of possibilities. They were not born with a set of grandiose goals and a lifetime vision. Their goals and vision were developed over time and became a focal point later. You too can create a vision, make it your personal focal point and use it as your driving force to succeed with your personal goals. You can check out some other great motivational secrets and articles at http://www.your-key-to-success.com/index_articles.html. End of personal commentary.
Best Prices for the Your Best Life Now book, CD and cassette version
Ive found the best pricing and availability for this book, CD and cassette on Amazon.com, Booksamillion.com or Simplyaudiobooks.com. Other sites such as ebay and Joel Osteens site also have this book, but Ive always had good better experiences at Amazon.com. Your Best Life Now can be purchased as a book, CD or cassette version. Prices range from only $12 to $18 and you can get a direct link to those prices at http://www.your-key-to-success.com/yourbestlifenow.html#bestprices
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Critics and Followers
On a blog I created specifically for this book http://yourbestlifenowreview.blogspot.com, Ive listed some links to other web sites that contain reviews, testimonials and other personal thoughts about Joel Osteen, the Lakewood Church and his new book, Your Best Life Now. There seems to be two extreme views that range from "Best person that touched my life" to "His use of God to increase his personal wealth is not the Christian Way". After viewing about 50 of these comments, its about a 25 to 1 ratio in favor of Joel, his teaching methods and his new book, Your Best Life Now. You can check out the full range by going to this blog at http://yourbestlifenowreview.blogspot.com.
Here are a few quotes from the Followers:
Chuck Norris, Actor - "As I was growing up, my mother taught be two essential principles for success: trust in God, and look for the best in people. Today, my wife, Gena, and I benefit greatly from Joel Osteens similar positive messages of hope and encouragement."
Rudy Tomjanovich, coach, Los Angeles Lakers - "Joel has the unique ability to communicate the most complex spiritual principles in simple everyday language. He will motivate and inspire you to live a life of excellence and to fulfill your God-given destiny.
What I Liked
Enlarge your Vision is by far the most important point in his book. Without a big vision, you cant expect big things to occur your life.
Finding Strength through Adversity is another great perspective and realization. If we all lived without challenges, wed never reach our potential. Some of toughest challenges can be both what is given to us as well as what we give to ourselves. One of his quotes sums it up well, "…turning your challenges into stepping stones for promotion…".
Choose to be Happy is a great way for Joel to end his book, Your Best Life Now. Smile more often, show enthusiasm and make the choice to be happy. It is your choice, no matter the circumstance, to be happy.
What I didnt Like
Chapter 22, Trusting Gods Timing is personally difficult for me to absorb. Often, I will hear the phrase, "Im going to pray for the solution." It is my opinion that praying may be a positive step for you in finding a solution and it may give you a sense of possibility, but it cant be the answer. Joels comment to trust Gods timing might lead some to simply give up and let God handle it. I believe you need to take some specific actions to get a solution & I dont think only praying, will get you a solution. In another section of his book, he states that perseverance is important in living to your full potential and getting all those things that you create in your vision.
Joel Osteens Bio
Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. An unbelievable 30,000 members listen to Joel each week and millions more watch him deliver his messages on national TV. Joel lives in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their two children, Jonathan and Alexandra. Joels book, Your Best Life Now has been #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold over 1,000,000 copies. Joel started the television outreach ministry with his father and remained behind the scenes, until his father passed away. He dedicated this book, Your Best Life Now to his father, John Osteen 1929-1999,
On-line Streaming Video, Interviews, Quotes and a Blog dedicated to the Book
Check out some of his most recent messages at his web site, http://www.joelosteen.com. You may need to register to view.
Read the interview with Laura Sheahen or Bill OReilly at the blog site listed below.
I created a specific Blog to post as much as I could about Joel Osteen and his new book, Your Best Life Now, both the good and the not so good. Take a peek at the Blog, youll enjoy the interesting facts, interviews and personal comments.
Your Best Life Now - Why you should buy it today.
Here are a few quotes from his book:
"You must conceive it in your heart and mind before you can receive it" Enlarge Your Vision
"Dont worry about things you cant change" Happiness is a Choice
“Its in the tough times of life that we find out what were really made of" The Purpose of Trials
"Its time to think about what youre thinking about" Choosing the Right Thoughts
Joel does a great job in enthusiastically conveying his ideas and principles with the reader. His use of humor, sincerity and analogies make the book both easy and inspiring to read. It was tough to put down.
"Dreams will determine what you want in life,
Do you truly have a desire to make your life better, do you just think about it and never take action If you dont get this book, youll miss out on hearing the message of one of the great motivational leaders of our time. Today is that day to take action, and buy Joel Osteens, Your Best Life Now! For less than $12 the cost of one dinner is a small price to get the advice of one todays top speakers. Remember to check out a direct to the best prices at this link, http://www.your-key-to-success.com/yourbestlifenow.html#bestprices.
End of Product Review by Mike Matthews
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