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Your Best Life Now
7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

By Joel Osteen

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Your Best Life Now
7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
By Joel Osteen
Read by the Author
Time Warner Audiobooks, (2004)
An Abridged Recording Available on CD or Cassette
CD ISBN: 1-58621-655-4
Cassette ISBN: 1-58621-654-6
Genre: Christian Living, Self-Help

Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - October 18, 2004

Joel Osteen is the pre-eminent leader of the huge Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He is also a well-known evangelist and preacher whose TV show is shown around the world. In Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential Osteen proclaims that you are definitely not living up to your potential, and offers patent advice on how to life up to the potential given to you by God. According to Osteen, by following his seven step program you can live the life that God has ordained for you. His theory is that we (humankind) are not living up to our individual, nor collective, potential because we have lost faith. We see obstacles and feel that they cannot be overcome so we hold ourselves back. However, with a sincere faith in God, we can learn to let God worry about the obstacles and get on with the task of living our lives to the fullest.

Osteen is an arresting preacher. Rather than using the old fire-and-brimstone approach, Osteen takes a more gentle tone with his parishioners. His preaching style and homey approach comes across clearly in his writing, and in his reading of this book. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential is a guide book for success in all aspects of your life, including your married life, your finances, your job, in your overall happiness, and as means of helping your children succeed. It is also an inspirational guide that will help you to overcome the disappointments and hardships that you have encountered during your life.

I found Osteen's steps a bit over-simplistic, such as "Let go of the past" and "Choose to be happy." The basic underpinnings, however, are sound and advantageous. It is an oft used metaphor that faith can move mountains, and I believe that if you truly believe in something, wondrous things can happen. However, you cannot leave it all in God's hands. You have to work hard at achieving your goals, and by doing so you praise God and increase your chances of success. In this regard, Osteen's seven steps can be helpful - no matter what your religious leanings are.

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