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Library JournalTimes are tough, but they need not be so for you, says Lakewood Church pastor and bestselling author Osteen. In this latest rendering of the supremely popular message of the power of positive thinking, Osteen uses practical, downtoearth language and copious biblical and contemporary anecdotes to demonstrate how to manifest the health and wealth he says we are meant to have, as favored children of God. Broadly, Osteen directs the reader to have faith, avoid negative, defeatist thoughts and behaviors , and believe that one can derive strength from adversity. He exhorts the reader to recognize, seize, and give thanks for the foreordained moments of grace and blessing when they appear. In the meantime, we should do our best, persevere, believe, and "walk toward God's blessings" so that we can eventually prevail. On the surface, there is little to argue with here, and while media pundits and theologians debate Osteen's Prosperity Gospel and logic, it only fans the flames of his popularity. Those seeking hope and optimism during challenging times will be inspired, motivated, and comforted by this book. Recommended for most bookstores and public libraries, especially where Christian and motivational literature are popular.—Carolyn Kost, Stevenson Sch. Lib., Pebble Beach, CA
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