Friday, December 24, 2010

The Christmas Spirit by Joel Osteen

You may know Joel Osteen as pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, the largest church in the U.S.  He is also quite a storyteller, even for those of us who don't follow his preaching or his TV show.  His latest book is perfect for Christmas Eve.  The Christmas Spirit is subtitled "Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith."  And, what else is Christmas about?

Osteen views Christmas as a time to celebrate family, faith and love.  And, in many stories in this book, they go hand-in-hand.  He tells stories of his father who grew up poor during the Depression, and always wanted to provide a feeling of security for his family.  His joy in providing for his family carried through, not just at Christmas, but in little things, including stories of a grey box where the children could turn for needed money.  There's a story of a Christmas bicycle, and the secret Joel shared with his father that year.  Osteen learned lessons from the lives of his parents and grandparents, and shares those stories with humor and joy. 

Osteen's book is a small collection of memories gathered from his family, his wife's family, and a few friends.   Certainly as a minister, he relates the stories to his opinions about God and faith.  You can read those as someone who believes, or you can accept Osteen's stories as a chance to remember your own Christmases past.

Whether or not you care about the Christian aspects of the book, if you love Christmas, you might appreciate Osteen's stories, and the comment, "I realize now one of the main things our parents and grandparents gave us for Christmas was memories." 

As I spend time with my mother this Christmas season, making candy and cookies, attending a play, shopping for little gifts, just spending the time together, I'm treasuring every memory we're making.  Joel Osteen's The Christmas Spirit might just remind you of memories in your own life.

Joel Osteen's website is

The Christmas Spirit by Joel Osteen.  Simon & Schuster, ©2010. ISBN 9781439198339 (hardcover), 144p.

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Blaise Tshibwabwa Don't Give Up said...

I read the book!
A real blessing!
Nice review :)

Lesa said...

Thank you, Blaise. I'm glad you appreciated the book and the review.