If you are looking for a book to encourage you to be the best you can be, to be the person God created you to be, and to break through your self imposed limits, this is the book for you. Osteen encourages you to not settle for less than God has for you. He wants you to quit your excuses and your limited thinking and instead believe what God says is true of you.
Osteen is very positive. He reminds readers that God has provided all we need to accomplish what He has called us to do. (2 Peter 1:3) God has given us talents and we need to use them. We can't pick the talents we want. Instead we trust God's sovereignty. And obstacles? Sometimes God lets them get big so when He moves there is no doubt it was Him. (Think Lazarus.)
I like that Osteen has founded his positive message firmly on Scripture. He uses many biblical passages and stories as the basis for his teachings. He is strong on our knowing who we are in Christ and then living that truth. We are forgiven and loved. We no longer have shame. Our value is not in our achievements but rather in being a child of God. Yes, we'll make mistakes but God is working in us and He is not finished yet.
I recommend this book to Christians who want encouragement to break through wrong thinking and start believing what God says is true of you.
You can watch the book trailer and download the first chapter here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Joel Osteen is the author of ten New York Times bestsellers and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston. He lives in Houston with his wife and their children. You can find out more at www.joelosteen.com.
FaithWords, 224 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.