I am a fan of Joel Osteen. Honestly, I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan of his television program, but I do enjoy reading his books. Joel Osteen is the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church located in Houston, Texas. (I just had a thought….SEVERAL of the Christian Pastors/Leaders I enjoy growing with are from Texas…..what’s up with that….)
I REALLY enjoyed his latest book – Fresh Start. As I’ve stated repeatedly on my blog, I have an intense desire to grow in my awareness of the Person of the Holy Spirit. I am also seeking a deeper relationship in our communication (in other words, my prayer life) as we enter this Lenten season. I want to emerse myself in my faith as I’ve never done before. I want to spend much more time with Him; “scheduled” appointments on a DAILY BASIS. NO EXCUSES!
What I love about this book is the practical application. I took a photo of a section Joel includes after each chapter entitled “Action Plan.” He provides “steps” to assist in accomplishing the goals identified in the chapter.
I love that!
I also love the pages and pages of Scripture references in the back of the book, referred to as God’s Promises for Every Need. Numerous topics are identified (examples: faith, finances, encouragement, grief, insecurity….) with several Scriptures devoted to each; which I plan to use when I meet with God. If you weren’t aware, I’ve heard from some reliable sources that God loves when we pray Scriptures back to Him. And I LOVE to hear Scriptures myself (read both silently and aloud).
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a FRESH “JUMP” START! It’s never to late to accept Jesus and JUMP IN to a new life! He’s waiting with OPEN ARMS and a HUGE HUG and, I have to tell you, your life will be forever changed!