The title comes from research that shows people are happiest on Fridays. Pastor Joel Osteen writes how we can generate this level of contentment and joy every day of the week.
Known as a man who maintains a constant positive outlook in spite of circumstances, Osteen has described this message as a core theme of his ministry. Combining his personal experiences with scriptural insights and principles for true happiness, he shows readers how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that they experience at five o'clock on Friday.
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About the Author:
Joel Osteen is an American best-selling author and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His ministry reaches over seven million broadcast media viewers weekly in over 100 nations around the world.
Joel, the son of John Osteen, a highly respected minister of the Gospel and the founder of Lakewood Church, attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied radio and television communications. In 1982, Joel returned to Houston and founded Lakewood's television ministry where he produced John Osteen's televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999 when his father passed away suddenly from a heart attack.
For many years, John Osteen encouraged Joel to preach, but he always declined preferring to work behind the scenes. But, in early 1999 Joel felt compelled to accept his father's invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year. Little did anyone know that would be the last Sunday of John Osteen's life. Two weeks later, Joel began preaching and later that year was installed as the new Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church.
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I have recently listened to Joel Osteen on one of his podcasts and I have a friend who absolutely loves him so I thought I would give one of his books a go. I am not very religious or maybe it was just a few bad times as a child that I fell out of faith. As of recent (more or less when I started my health & fitness journey) I have decided I need to be more mindful and more spiritual.
This book is a great one to start with. Joel is very kind and has a way of making his books easy to read and enjoy. Sometimes self help books can be hard to get into and stay reading, this one is totally different. I really enjoyed reading it and looked forward to spending some time with Joel. I really like how positive Joel is and how he uses stories and metaphors to help you understand what he is telling you to do. I don't really remember a lot from the Bible but it is nice that Joel includes Scriptures that you can also look up and read more about.
Take away from this book has been great! It is weird to say but as I worked my way through this book I found myself feeling lighter and really thinking about ways I can improve my life and attitude. Over the last few years I have decided to rid myself of negativity especially people that were trying to rent space in my head. I also learned a great deal about the toxic mind and removing the toxic thoughts from our minds. I have really decided life is what we make it. I will be working on becoming even more positive even during the tough times and looking at what is ahead. God has a way of working things out and He has a plan for each and everyone of us.
Joel talks about looking for the positive and not be a faultfinder. I know I need to work on this. In the past I could easily be dragged down with negative thoughts and comments. I will work on finding the positives in every situation and everyone around me. One story Joel talks about is a gentleman that went to his pastor and said he had nothing to go on for and this pastor said that he was sorry to hear that his wife passed away. The man said no my wife is healthy and alive. The pastor wrote down healthy wife. He preceded to say sorry about the job loss and the man said no I have my job. Down that went into the asset section of the paper. Makes us really think about things that we should be grateful for even if there are bad times.
I will be reading more from Joel Osteen in the very near future as I really enjoyed this one.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I borrowed the above book from the library. All opinions are honest and my own.*~