Saturday, January 15, 2005

Your Best Life Now

Your Best Life Now, the highly acclaimed book by Joel Osteen, pastor of America’s largest church is written to help you fulfill the potential for your life. Whatever your God given dreams are, whether you desire to be a better parent, do your best at your vocation, or build a stronger marriage, through scripture and Joel’s personal experiences, this book will help you to live Your Best Life Now. The good news contained in Your Best Life Now is that your dreams, goals, and aspirations do not have to stay on “tomorrow’s to do list,” rather, through applying seven steps you can begin to live at your full potential.

Joel Osteen, author of Your Best Life Now pastors Lakewood Church which was started Mothers Day 1959 by his father John. While the church did begin with a small number attendees, it did not begin with a little vision. Rather, it had a dream to touch the lives of millions. On October 3, 1999, after the death of his father, Joel Osteen became the senior pastor of Lakewood. Today, through application of the principles in Your Best Life Now, the church seems to be living at its full potential. Each week, approximately 30,000 people attend services on site and millions more watch via television. Thousands of lives are being transformed. In fact, during 2003 alone, over 18000 people took the first step toward experiencing their Best Life Now with God by accepting Christ as savior or rededicating their lives to God.

Your Best Life Now contains seven steps to living at your full potential. First, you need to enlarge your vision for your life. Until you begin to dream God sized dreams, you will never live your life at its full potential. Secondly, you need to develop a healthy self-image. Joel Osteen preaches often on not living under the terrible cloud of condemnation. Until we see ourselves as we are, we will never live our best life now. Thirdly, Joel talks about discovering the power of your thoughts and words. He states that if we continue to think and talk negative we will not live life at our full potential. Fourth, we need to let go of the past. If dwell on the past we will never focus and press into the best life available to us. Next, we need to learn how to find strength through adversity. Everyone will experience difficulties, but learning how to capitalize from these trials will help you live Your Best Life Now. Sixth, we need to live to give. God commands us to be generous and Pastor Joel explains how doing this will help you to fulfill your potential. Lastly, Joel teaches that we need to choose to be happy. Everyone experiences circumstances that can depress them, but if you want to experience Your Best Life Now you must choose to rejoice and thank God for all the blessings he has bestowed upon you.

Your Best Life Now has received tremendous acclaim from a wide variety of individuals. Well known speaker and conference host Joyce Meyer said, “Joel's message of unconditional love and unending hope is impacting the very culture we live in. This book will help you find more fulfillment in life, more satisfaction in relationships and a deeper intimacy with God.” David Carr, quarterback for the Huston Texans football team said, “To be a successful athlete you have to remain focused and motivated. These same principles are true if you are to be successful in life. Joel encourages me to stay focused on what matters most, my relationship with the Lord and my family, and he inspires me to live a life of purpose and integrity.” In addition to being commended by sports stars and fellow ministers, Your Best Life Now is also receiving praise from businessmen. Drayton McLane, Chairman of McLane group and owner of the Huston Astros baseball team said, “Joel Osteen is one of today's most dynamic and encouraging leaders. His enthusiasm for the Lord is truly inspiring. I have no doubt that his message of hope will lead you down the path to victory and will make a difference in all areas of your life”