Monday, November 18, 2013

Joel Osteen's New Book Helps Readers 'Break Out' of Comfort Zones


Joel Osteen’s latest book, Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life, isn’t for those who don’t like to be challenged in their faith beyond their boundaries.

A casual observer of Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church, might think that Osteen was always the bold orator that he is today. He speaks so effortlessly and with such strong authority, it would be easy to think that he has always been that way, but that isn’t the case.

Osteen is the son of the late John Osteen, the founder of Lakewood Church. He attended Oral Roberts University where he studied radio and television communication. When he returned home, he started up the television ministry of Lakewood Church. 

While John tried to get Joel to speak a sermon every once and while, Joel refused, saying that he’d work behind the scenes, which he did for 17 years. In 1999, John was able to convince Joel that he ought to speak. Joel did his first sermon on January 17 of that year. Ironically, John passed away of a heart attack that next week. Two weeks later, Joel was thrust into the senior pastor’s role at Lakewood Church, where the congregation grew and grew.

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