If My Heart Could Talk: A Story of Family, Faith, and Miracles

If My Heart Could Talk: A Story of Family, Faith, and Miracles


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Dodie Osteen, mother of Joel Osteen, gives readers a personal account of her extraordinary life and shares what she has learned about love, faith, and family.

As the wife of forty-four years to the late Pastor John Osteen, founder of Lakewood Church, Dodie Osteen stood as a wife, mother, and first lady of the church, even when life felt anything but steady. Today, she continues to stand by her son, Pastor Joel Osteen, and the rest of their family as they lead Lakewood. In this revealing memoir, Dodie shares that her path, though glorious, has not always been easy. She shows an intimate look at such life-altering experiences as contracting polio as a child, raising 5 children, battling cancer, and losing her husband, all with the beautiful heart and sense of humor she displays to thousands at Lakewood and nationwide at Night of Hope events. While recounting her journey, Dodie offers readers meaningful life lessons applicable to their own lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455549740
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 582,652
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dodie Osteen founded Lakewood Church with her late husband, John Osteen, in 1959. After a dramatic and miraculous healing from terminal cancer in 1981, God called Dodie into a special ministry of prayer. Through that ministry of compassion, she has touched the lives of millions of people both in Houston and around the world. Dodie is the author of Healed of Cancer and the daily devotional Choosing Life One Day at a Time. Dodie's five children all serve in ministry and she has nineteen precious grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Chapter 1 This Pilgrim Made Progress 1

Chapter 2 You Walk Like a Princess 14

Chapter 3 A Legacy of Faith 27

Chapter 4 Touch of the Master's Hand 37

Chapter 5 Marrying My Pastor 49

Chapter 6 Keep the Laughter in Your Marriage 57

Chapter 7 Our First Miracle 70

Chapter 8 Beginning to Fly 82

Chapter 9 From a Feed Store to Feeding Millions 91

Chapter 10 A Mother's Prayer 104

Chapter 11 Healed of Cancer 116

Chapter 12 Christmas Memories 130

Chapter 13 The Gray Box 140

Chapter 14 God's Got You Covered 152

Chapter 15 Freedom Is Yours 163

Chapter 16 Flying over Fear 172

Chapter 17 Miracles behind "The Miracle" 180

Chapter 18 Lessons from a Man's Best Friend 189

Chapter 19 44 Years, 4 Months, and 6 Days 195

Chapter 20 Filling John's Shoes 206

Chapter 21 God's Face Is Turned toward You 217

Chapter 22 Who Are You Running For? 226

Chapter 23 Moments of Mercy 236

Conclusion 245

Appendix 1 The Plan of Salvation 249

Appendix 2 Scriptural Confessions 251

Appendix 3 Healing Scriptures 253

Acknowledgments 269

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