The Rise of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteenby Richard Young
Don't believe in miracles? Here's proof!He was the most unlikely of proteges-a young man with no college or seminary degree and vir-tually no preaching experience. Yet, Joel Osteen was handed the reins of his father's lifelong ministry when John Osteen died suddenly in 1999.Here are the behind-the-scenes details of the miraculous rise of Lakewood Church from humble beginnings in a Texas feed store to becoming the largest church in America. Learn the inside story that catapulted Joel Osteen to prominence as one of the most influential Christian voices of our generation.From the life and times of John and Joel Osteen, you will learn the power of vision, humility, in-tegrity, faith, and much more.You will be inspired and encouraged, and never again will you doubt what God can do with those who are fully devoted to Him!
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Meet the Author
Richard Young is a former educator, businessman, and pastor. The son of a Free Will Baptist pastor, Richard started preaching at fourteen and pastoring at twenty. He comes from a great heritage of preachers and pastors, as there has been a member of his family in the ministry consistently since 1876. Richard has been a writer all of his adult life, writing corporate training manuals and collegiate self-study courses, as well as two textbooks. He has written articles for both Christian and secular magazines and journals. His biographies are Joyce Meyer, The Rise of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen, The Journey of T. D. Jakes, and Messengers of Healing (the story of Charles and Frances Hunter).Richard received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. He has completed the coursework for his doctorate in education at Oklahoma State University. He served as vice president of academics at American Christian College and Seminary in Oklahoma City, as well as dean of academics at Oklahoma Junior College. He also was a trainer for Century 21 across the state of Oklahoma.Richard and his wife, Brenda, have been married for more than three decades. Although they find great joy in helping people, their highest delight is spending time with their three children and nine grandchildren.
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It is ASHAME that the author could not handle the simple task of writing a book! Where did Young get his information? He must have dreamed it up. So sad to tarnish Joel's good name
I had a chance to get an advance copy of this book, and it's almost hard to believe how poorly written it is. The writer has apparently never met or interviewed Joel, with the exception of a handshake in the church lobby. Young's perspective is unashamedly and uncritically promotional, and he writes with an amateur style. A helpful, critical analysis of Joel Osteen's and Lakewood's influence is definitely in order, but unfortunately this is not the book.
The book lacked objectivity, it was very bias. It doesn't appear that the author even interviewed Mr.Osteen Many known facts about the church were left out The book was very misdirected I understand that this was the first attempt at writing for this author ! Maybe the subject was a bit too much for this first time author to take on
A very skewed view of Joel. I think very highly and have read everything he Joel has written. . .this definitely wasn't something he was involved with. I really don't think the author has ever spoken with Joel.