First, let me make one thing clear. If you've ever seen or heard Joel Osteen on television, you'll hear his voice in your head as you read his new book, You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner. I actually found that amusing. I'm not a follower of his ministry. I was interested in the qualities he selected as being essential for a winner in life. Whether or not you believe in Osteen's faith, if his emphasis on religion doesn't bother you, his principles for winning in life are typical of self improvement books. For me, they were a helpful reminder.
Osteen says he created eight principles to help readers be everything they were "created" to be. People just need to be disciplined and follow these guidelines. They are points such as, "Keep your vision in front of you." "Expect good things," which means remember your successes, and don't dwell on the failures or negatives in your life. Make a commitment to excellence. But, of course, my favorite principle is "Stay passionate."
Osteen tells stories and uses passages from the Bible to make his points. There's actually nothing new in this book. However, Osteen puts his own spin on it by using his ministry and church as examples for some of the principles. Readers can dwell on the religious aspects of the book, or, like me, they can use the principles as refreshers, reminders of what to look for in life and work.
Looking for a self improvement book for the new year? Joel Osteen's You Can, You Will offers some pointers, guidelines to motivate readers. It's often refreshing to read someone's ideas as to how to live.
Joel Osteen's website is www.joelosteen.com
You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner by Joel Osteen. FaithWords. 2014. ISBN 9781455575718 (hardcover), 169p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.