Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life Now, by Joel Osteen
I must say, I read just about this entire book in Joel’s “voice”. It’s like I couldn’t read & not hear him saying/speaking the words. Strange; but one could tell, without question, that Joel Osteen wrote this book (if there was any question).
I remember when I first saw him years ago, on television, preaching. I was enthralled. He spoke with such hope & enthusiasm, and inspiration.
When his book came up as a suggested read for the book club, I looked forward to reading it. I’m always looking to be inspired, and of course, I have the desire to live my best life, every day.
Having short chapters, it was an easy read, albeit a bit repetitive (but that was expected, Osteen is a pastor). Each chapter usually ended in a hopeful, uplifting tone, that could make one feel inspired & motivated; particularly, if a certain given examples/circumstance resonates with you. The chapters are quite similar to mini church sermons: when it speaks to you, it just speaks to you!
He gives adequate examples of situations, both personal (several references to his dad & family, and Lakewood Church) & hypothetical, that occur in life (i.e., marital problems, business failures, sickness, disappointments in life, etc.), and how a person should apply certain spiritual principles to deal, and come out of it for the better.
The book lists 7 steps to live your best life, right now:
- Enlarging your vision. Envisioning your success: Conceiving it in your heart & mind, speaking it, and believing it, in order to receive it.
- Developing a healthy self-image. Seeing yourself as God sees you. Knowing & believing you are of great value, and being happy with who you are.
- Discovering the power of your thoughts & words. Avoiding negative talk, and thinking & speaking positivity.
- Letting go of the past. Not being bitter/resentful by things that have happened already…things that you can not change. Learning to let go, forgive, and allow God to deliver justice/vengeance.
- Finding strength through adversity. Getting up when life knocks you down. Having a positive outlook and a victor’s attitude/mentality when facing setbacks. Having faith in God & his great timing when circumstances seem bad, or look/feel uncertain. Trusting that God sees the “Big Picture”, and has your best interest at heart.
- Living to give. Not living life selfishly. Knowing that whatever you give, will be given back to you. Being good to others, and having compassion for people.
- Choosing to be happy. Knowing that happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel. You can choose to be happy, in spite of difficult circumstances. Learning to live a life of peace, and not let the little things upset/frustrate/worry you. Smile, and don’t worry about things that you can’t change.
Overall, I thought the book was good. A lot of it reminded me of principles I grew up learning: treating people the way you want to be treated, reaping what you sow, going the extra mile/not being sloppy & taking shortcuts, not taking vengeance into your own hands, but allowing God to fight your battles for you, etc.
I’d recommend this book if you are a spiritual person, believing in God, but having trouble believing in yourself & knowing your value; and, if you tend to put off/reserve your happiness for another day because of current (unfavorable) life situations/circumstances; you might especially find hope & inspiration in this motivational read.