“You were programmed to live an abundant, victorious, faith-filled life,” Osteen writes. “That's how your Creator designed you” (2) But we have allowed our thinking to be faulty. We have not guarded our mind like Scripture tells us. We need to clear out all the negative thinking and not let it take root. We are to meditate on what God says about us, getting rid of negative labels and believing God's labels.
Osteen has written a very encouraging book to help us do all that. He reminds us that our worth comes from God, not what people think about us. We are to keep our minds focused on God oriented thoughts and God's promises. God sees the potential He has placed within us. We are to ask for big things, making sure they are advancing God's kingdom.
Osteen has certainly reminded us of the importance of our thoughts. Controlling our thoughts is essential for our becoming who God created us to be. He tells lots of stories of people today and from the Bible to illustrate why our thoughts are so important.
Osteen also reminds us that we have what we need to fulfill our destiny. “God has given you exactly what you need for the season you are in.” (147) If we come to a point of lack, God will then supply what we need.
I was glad to see that Osteen wraps it all up by reminding us that all is a result of the mercy and goodness of God. God has the final say in our lives. We can accomplish great things for the kingdom of God only because of God's goodness and we should be telling people that.
On a theological note, Osteen makes no reference to original sin nor its effects on people. I was happy to see that there is a very clear invitation to salvation at the end of the book.
I recommend this book to those who need reminding that, “Your perception of yourself will determine what kind of life you live.” (167) You will receive much encouragement to be confident in what God says is true about you. This book is good for those suffering from what Osteen calls “spiritual amnesia.” If you have forgotten who you are in Christ, you'll get reminded of it here.
You can read a sample chapter here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Joel Osteen is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston. His televised messages are seen by more than ten million viewers each week. He and his family live in Houston. You can find out more at www.joelosteen.com.
FaithWords, 224 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.