The title comes from research that shows people are happiest on Fridays. Pastor Joel Osteen writes how we can generate this level of contentment and joy every day of the week.
Known as a man who maintains a constant positive outlook in spite of circumstances, Osteen has described this message as a core theme of his ministry. Combining his personal experiences with scriptural insights and principles for true happiness, he shows listeners how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that they experience at five o'clock on Friday.
©2011 Joel Osteen (P)2011 Hachette Audio
I finished listening to this audio book while driving to work everyday. I have to say it changed my life. I truly enjoyed the book and starting to apply what I learned everyday.
I am glad I decided to give this book a try. I know it has made positive impact to my life.
I recommend the book for everyone, especially those whom living their lives with criticism, negative emotions, and ungratefulness.
Three things that I tried to apply everyday while I am still alive.
1. Thanks someone today.
2. Forgive someone today
3. Encourage or compliment someone today
Not only is my spiritual healthiness has a tremendous boost, but also my physical health as well. My chess doesn't tighten up as often, since I feel less stress and feel good about my life. My shoulder stops aching since I don't hold a grudge and stays with a positive attitude every minute I am awake. My teenage kids are seeing changes in me, since I stop being critical with them anymore. They began to talk to me more and share more stuff of their lives which I wouldn't think they would before. The biggest change is my relationship toward my spouse. We are more in love and began to enjoy talking and laughing together. We value our time together so much, that we increased our texting to each other tremendously when we are apart. It all started with me to have a positive, thankful, and uncomplaining attitude everyday. I hope I have helped you to pick up this book/audio book. I can only imaging if everyone I face each day have the same attitude as me, how much better the world would be.
He never disappoints and this is no exception. It is an uplifting book and a way to push yourself forward even during the rough days.
Yes, most defiantly. Listening was very encouraging and enlightening.
The stories provided different ways of looking and approching situations in your life.
How to apply GOD's principles to everyday situations.
Cannot wait to listen to more of his books!
Awesome book, Joel is a joy to listen to! He put many a smile on my face, day after day listening to him and his stories. This book really opens your eyes to things you do every day that you could do differently to affect not only your life but hopefully another person's as well in a more positive manner.
Uplifting! Inspiring! Enpowering!
no characters, it's all about the Lord!
Right on point as the others. He's a joy to listen to and so uplifting!
So much I can't list them all but one thing I'll never forget is that people need to change the way they think. Stay postive and speak positive things into your life and it will change your circumstances.
Make the best of everyday. Live in the present!
Baseball game where every player took part to make it a winning game for God and everyone present.
Positive and relaxed way of speaking.
When the father came to his son's church to ask forgiveness.
I love this book. Many ideas and memorable stories to help deal with daily stumbling blocks. His voice is soothing and his story telling funny and heartwarming. I felt better the moment I started listening. If you aren't a faith based soul you'll still find many helpful tips you can use everyday.
I listen to Joel every night before going to sleep.
It actually reminds you of certain issues. Gives one a sense of relaxation.
Yes, they are about the same.
To be more positive in life.
This is a very good book. Highly recommended.
I like this book because it is filled with words of encouragement. I feel that Pastor Joel does a good job of reading his book to you. I suppose that one criticism could be that this book is too positive and does not take into account the real world. I disagree - Pastor Joel helps you adjust your mind so that you can get through those bad times and not let others 'bad attitudes' put a damper on your day. I am glad I got this one.
University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
Context first: I'm a proud at atheist; want to be a better person; had never listened to or read anything by Joel before.
With that out of the way, here are my reflections on this book. First and foremost, Joel does have a gift for communicating. The man's voice and delivery. Like butter. And his writing. He did not use a single "big" word in the entire book - not one, yet he still makes his point almost each and every time. It's makes the book so darn accessible and charming. So big props for that.
When I bought this book, I knew that there was going to be a lot of God going on (are we really supposed to capitalize God... is that his name... really?; or his he just a god... but I digress). And indeed, God and praising him and asking for his forgiveness is a big part of the book. But if you can prepare yourself to ignore all the God-stuff there are some interesting messages like how to have a better attitude, paying it forward, being a mentor, and having empathy. In fact, some of the chapters are very good. He makes a compelling argument regarding why it pays to be in the moment, or to be positive regardless of your circumstances. And for good measure, he throws in several tear jerker stories about situations he's encountered. These underline his points, though I'm not sure I believe all of them. Some seem a bit too perfect to be real, but I think it's also the case that Joel is a genuine guy, so maybe they're legit. You can be the judge.
So that's the good. Here's the but... so upon listening to his book and then doing my own additional reflection, it's clear to me that Joel is one hell of salesman. "If you just pray, if you just forgive, if you believe in the value of yourself... I mean if you really believe this stuff, you will achieve victory. And by victory, it could mean just about anything just as long as give thanks and heap praise on God and then yourself, you will reap all the rewards that life has to offer. You will achieve your true potential". Umm... actually, having a positive self-image, mindset and self-confidence is important, but addressing your addiction, depression, your debt, your marriage, getting a promotion, starting your own business, etcetera, etcetera takes among other things: hard work, motivation, goal setting, sacrifice, patience, more hard work, innate talent, and then throw in a bit of luck/fate or even call it divine intervention if you want and then maybe you'll lick whatever has got you down or you'll achieve your goal. But then only maybe. Life is challenge and many times it is not fair. It's not all rainbows, praise and victory. Joel and this book doesn't go out its way to acknowledge these hard facts.
So while I felt good while felt good listening to this book and felt that it did offer some important insights, I do think it sugar coats life. Achieving happiness seven days a week is certainly a mindset, but let's be honest "friends" (Joel's word not mine) having the success that the author suggests is available to you, me and everyone else, requires all of us to put some serious skin the game. As long as keep that reality tucked into your pocket while you listen to this book, it's probably worth your time.
"Simple truths one should never forget"
I enjoyed listening to this book very much. One can listen to a random spot and always find a simple yet underappreciated truth about life and its meaning. I recommend this book as a wonderful 'spirit lifter'.
"Another great book from Joel Osteen"
Another easy listening audio book from Joel filled with great advice. I have been going through a very difficult time & really feel listening to this audio has kept my spirits up. Thanks Joel for helping me get through the hard times and coming out a better person.
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