Some pastors are practical Bible teachers. Some have healing ministries. Some focus on world outreach. Clearly, Joel Osteen’s gift is exhortation. He has an infectious ability to motivate and inspire. Anyone who has ever heard Osteen deliver a message or has read his books would have to agree on one thing: the man is an eternal optimist. His teachings are all about God’s blessing, favor, His infinite love for us. And those are wonderful things! Who doesn’t need an extra boost of positivity these days, especially in a world that bombards us with negativity and cynicism?
Osteen’s latest book, DAILY READINGS FROM EVERY DAY A FRIDAY, is a collection of 90 daily devotionals based on his #1 New York Times bestseller, EVERY DAY A FRIDAY. He begins by pointing out that a recent study has shown that people are 10 percent happier on Fridays because they are looking forward to the weekend. He goes on to say, "I challenge you to let every day be a Friday. Give yourself permission to be happy every day."
"As with all of Osteen’s books, you’ll find this one to be an easy and uplifting read, filled with many stories of real people to get his points across."
Is it any wonder that people have been snatching up copies of his book? The world --- America, in particular --- is obsessed with finding happiness. What better place to find it than in God’s Word?
Each daily devotional includes a suggested scripture reading, a key verse, an excerpt from EVERY DAY A FRIDAY, a prayer, and a thought to chew on. The book is divided into seven parts of 14 devotionals, each part focusing on a different theme: