The Rise of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen

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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...
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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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ENDORSEMENTSOnce again the Lord proves it is His choice whom He uses. In The Rise of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen, Richard Young documents the miracle that began with a simple man full of faith in the most unlikely location in Houston and reached its apex with the rightful heir in the largest church in America. It is a challenging book that proves radical obedience to the will of God works in the most difficult struggles and greatest opportunities. -Richard Hogue, Senior Pastor, Citychurch, Oklahoma City "Whether you agree or disagree with the ministry of Joel Osteen and the Lakewood Church, you will never see either of them the same again after you read this book. Richard Young has hon-ored both his readers, Joel, and Lakewood in his thoroughness of sharing their amazing story. Even critics will be ignorant about the church and of the issues if they ignore this book." -Dr. John Vaughan, Author of The World's 20 Largest Churches, Megachurches and America's Cities, and America's Most Influential Churches, and past president of the American Society for Church Growth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603742856
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,234,654
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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Table of Contents


Foreword   Charles   Frances Hunter     11
Preface     13
Introduction: The Lakewood Experience     15
The Ministry of John Osteen, Lakewood's Legacy
God Calls Out His Servant     25
The Spirit Begins to Move     37
God Is Awesome, But Not Everyone Believes     49
Houston and the World     55
Mary's Miracle     61
God Blesses Lakewood     65
Dodie's Battle     77
Times of Transition
Lakewood Takes to the Air     87
The Lakewood Legacy     93
The End of an Era     103
A Vision for the Future     115
The Ministry of Joel Osteen, Lakewood's Blessing
Joel's Leadership Builds a Team     125
Joel's Vision for Sundays     141
Joel and Victoria     149
The Osteen Family     159
Writing a Best Seller     169
Talking to the Press     177
An Evening with Joel Osteen     185
The Compaq Center     195
Occupying the Promised Land     209
Lakewood: The Largest Church in America     219
Criticisms and Concerns     225
From Obscurity to Prominence     243
Endnotes     257
About the Author     267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Rise of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    Ridiculous Marketing Puff

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    Rise of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Not worth it

    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.

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