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.