Summary of Become a Better You
Copyright © 2007 by Joel Osteen
Reprinted by permission of Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., N.Y.
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In what amounts to a kindly, book-length sermon, Joel Osteen is “preaching to his choir” – although given his stadium-sized Texas church, his sold-out road show, and his successful TV and Internet broadcasts, Osteen’s choir is vast enough to make this another bestseller. The book reflects the content of his motivational sermons and follows their format. Osteen states a simple idea and then repeats it often with only slight variations. He supports each nugget of advice with scripture and testimony from his life, and the lives of his friends, family and congregants. Those who share his Christian-based faith are likely to find resonance here, while others may not. His faith-filled audience will see Osteen’s rhythmic preaching as affirming, uplifting and inspiring, but the more cynical or unconverted reader could perceive his “feel good” teachings as simplistic, repetitive and redundant. Still, simple advice is often very accessible. getAbstract believes most readers could find something in the “smiling preacher’s” seven key principles that they can use to improve their lives.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to tap into your potential to live a better life and help others;
- How to give yourself over to God and trust in His plan for you; and
- How to incorporate seven principles into your life that will help you reach your highest goals.
About the Author
Joel Osteen is pastor of the Lakewood Church in Texas. His services are broadcast in more than 100 nations. He also wrote the bestseller, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential.
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6 years agoI have found two other useful keys to staying happy, positive, and at peace. 1) by realizing that when you allow yourself to mix positive and negative emotions through your brain, you are a) driving yourself in both directions and therefore not going to get very far, and b) not going to ever be smart enough to control the events that occur when you mix the two (like baking soda and vinegar). 2) having studied and learned a lot about body language, keeping your chin elevated slightly above horizontal level, you will think a lot more positive thoughts, be a lot more confident, and be perceived by others as both those things, thus creating a lot more positive interactions and opportunities.
6 years agoSimplistic is a nice description.
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