Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole

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Overview

Do you ever feel like your life is moving at the speed of light? Are you constantly trying to keep up with all of your commitments and responsibilities? In this day and age when modern communication and technology cause our lives to move faster than ever, many people struggle to strike a balance between all the segments of their lives -- family, friends, career, social obligations, and self.

As co-pastor of Lakewood Church -- America's largest church -- Victoria Osteen understands intimately how day-to-day responsibilities can pile up and at times feel overwhelming. As a wife and mother, she sets the tone for her household and acts as a role model for her family. As a minister, she reaches out to an enormous community of people who look to her for guidance, strength, wisdom, and encouragement. She knows as well as anyone that operating in so many different roles can be extremely demanding, yet she has managed to find balance, living her life in the unforced rhythms of grace. If you ask her, she'll tell you that she loves her life and she wants you to love your life, too.

No matter where you are in your life, no matter what responsibilities you may carry, you can find peace, balance, and enjoyment in every area of your life; but it all starts with you. You have more power inside you than you realize; all you have to do is learn to tap into what you already have! As you begin to recognize your own abilities and influence, and use them in healthy ways, all the other areas of your life will fall into order.

In Love Your Life, Victoria shares from her personal life experiences and her journey of faith the lessons she's learned that have made her the woman she is today. Asyou read, you'll feel like you're in a conversation with a trusted friend as Victoria shows you how to tap into all that God has given you to live effectively -- as a positive influence on the world around you. You'll be inspired by stories of victory and challenged to live at a higher level. You'll read about people who have accomplished incredible things by overcoming their fears, and people who have changed the world around them by simply recognizing their own value.

A life well lived does not come easily; you have to set out for it, look for it, and make it happen. Love Your Life shows how to turn the challenges of each day into opportunities to love and appreciate all that you are.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410414694
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Osteen

Victoria Osteen has always had an infectious passion and enthusiasm for life. A native Houstonian, Victoria began her career in her family's jewelry business and now works with the most precious treasure of all — people. She is an inspiration and mentor to women everywhere as she ministers alongside her husband, Joel, and sets a wonderful example for their two children, Jonathan and Alexandra. Victoria is active in her community and committed to helping women, children, and families discover their purpose and reach their highest potential.

Visit the Osteen website at www.joelosteen.com.

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Introduction

I wrote this book in the hope that it will help you to achieve new levels in your life and to discover the treasures, gifts, and abilities within you that are just waiting to be uncovered. In the pages ahead, I want to share some foundational truths that will help you realize the depth of these valuable treasures you carry.

As co-pastor of Lakewood Church, I've had the incredible opportunity to meet so many women who share stories about their lives with me. We talk about their families, their careers, their good times and bad, and of course their relationship with God. Through many conversations I have found that although most of these women are doing good and important things in their lives, they often feel overwhelmed -- emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

At a time when the pressures of the modern family are complicated by the pressures of the modern world, we often struggle to find a healthy balance between career, family, and relationships. But even in the midst of all the hustle and busyness, you can find fulfillment and achieve happiness -- you can Love Your Life!

So what does it mean, to Love Your Life? When most people reach the twilight of their lives, they will tell you it's not about having a bigger house or a better job, or about the car they drove or the clothes they wore. They will tell you it was all about investing in themselves and their relationships with other people. How many times have we heard people say with regret, "If only I would have taken better care of myself...if only I would have spent more time with my family and the people I love."

That doesn't have to be you. Loving your life is being willing to make changes, to let go of old ways and unhealthy habits so that you can be the best you can be. It's about having the right perspective and understanding the value of who you are and what you have.

It's learning to love others and learning to love yourself so that you can get more out of your relationships. It's about recognizing the gifts that God has given you and making the most of those gifts.

Ultimately, loving your life is about discovering the greatness that's inside of you and the influence you have on the world around you. You will be amazed at the impact you will have when you tap into those treasures within.

No matter where you are today, you have the potential to have better relationships, to increase in confidence, to overcome obstacles, and to celebrate the life God has given you. Perhaps some unfair things have happened in your past, but those things don't define you and they don't determine your future. It's not what happens to you that matters most, it's what happens in you. You don't have to let your experiences draw confidence from you; instead you can draw confidence from your experiences. Be encouraged today because there is so much more in you that is waiting to be discovered. There are new options for your future, and opportunities to be recovered. Now is the time to leave the past behind and make room to embrace the destiny that lies ahead for you.

Let this book help you to see your life with a fresh new perspective: to see beyond where you are right now and to Love Your Life in ways you never thought possible!

Copyright © 2008 by Victoria Osteen

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Understanding Your Influence 17

Chapter 2 Living with Confidence 53

Chapter 3 Embracing What's Important 85

Chapter 4 Keeping the Right Perspective 108

Chapter 5 Making the Most of What You Have 131

Chapter 6 Recovering Lost Opportunities 150

Chapter 7 Overcoming Offenses 162

Chapter 8 Enjoying Rich Relationships 180

Chapter 9 Discovering What Others Need 213

Chapter 10 Being a People Builder 242

Chapter 11 Receiving Love 267

Notes 285

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  • Posted October 15, 2008

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    Who will you love?

    Too often these days we get so focused on the here and now that we forget the journeys we've traveled in life and the moments that made us who we are today. Victoria Osteen is generous in sharing her personal experience as a woman and a Christian and how her passage of faith has made her who she is. Her tone in the book is conversational, and it will make you feel as if you're chatting with a friend. She also shows you how to understand all that God has given you and how to blossom where you've been planted. There are also some wonderful stories of triumph in this book that are uplifting.<BR/><BR/>Another book I read this week that I strongly recommend because it was outstanding is The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Truly amazing book! This is the first time I have read any of Victoria Osteens books. I have read her husband’s books which are amazing!~
    Victoria's book is very well written. I have highlighted several parts in my nook on her book and have sent them to my friends.. Really great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    Positive Living, Family Style

    This book is written in a light-hearted manner, which immediately puts the reader at ease. It is almost like sitting down with your best friend to share positive, life-changing tips on how to live your life with less stress and strife, and more of the stuff that makes life worth living. The shorter chapters and sections make it easy to read, especially if you are a busy person who only has snipits of time to spend, but also has enough content and interesting stories to keep your attention for hours if you so choose. Overall, this is a book I would recommend for men, women, and teenagers who wish to enrich themselves with a book about personal enthusiasm, encouragement, and positive family values.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

    Life really is good!

    I enjoyed Love your life because we need to be reminded and encouraged to embrace the good in our lives. I felt motivated and was inspired to Love my life in greater ways. If you want to have better relationships and enjoy the beauty of the moments in your life you will enjoy reading Victoria Osteens book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    All I can say is that I loved this book. Definately a good read.

    All I can say is that I loved this book. Definately a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Helpful book

    I would recommend this book to anyone that's interested in living their life with more peace and confidence. If you've jeard Victoria speak before, the presentation of this book is similar. Her tone is like that of a helpful, understanding friend. What she says is based on and backed by Scripture - it isn't ever "preachy."

    The best word i can think of to describe this book is "practical." It is filled with reminders on key areas to focus on (and make habits of) that will help you "Love Your Life" more - like understanding your influence, making the most of what you have, and the personal benefits of being a people builder.

    This is a book that is practical, topical, "friendly" to read and will resonate with anyone, regardless of where they are in life.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Book review

    Awesome book! Very motivating.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    AWESOME

    This book is full of encouragement and inspiration. It is a must-read for all who want to truly enjoy their lives! Thank you First-Lady Victoria

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2010

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    Loving My Life

    Very down to earth everyday lessons that we experience in our lives that allows us to relate what God is saying to us in the scripture. I can't wait to read a chapter every day and I'll reread it until I wear the pages out.

    For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain or the past in general, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. I was about how you should deal with friends, family and yourself and more importantly, how to keep these relationships strong when things go wrong.

    Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it. It is available here on BN.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2009

    Love your Life

    This is a great inspirational book. I highly recommend it, especially for females. Everyone needs a lift occassionally, but even when life is wonderful, it is still nice to reinforce the positive. I have given it as a gift several times and am sure I will again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    it is very motivating

    I really enjoy this book more than i thought , Is very helpful and i think anybody should read this book, it find peace in your heart and you can undesrtand others before you judge them.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    It is correct

    This is a very good book. I gave my two daughters a copy. I just plainted the seed and now its up to them to read it and get everything that I have from it. I thank God that Victoria has been given this gift to write. I heard of this book on the radio as of today I can't get the radio station any more. Now we all know why.....God works in his ways we just need to stop and open our ears and hearts to understand. This book is great. Thank you and God Bless You Victoria and your faimly.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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