August 13, 2021
Up for reblog is … uh…
Let me be honest… I almost don’t wanna reblog this one. Not because it’s a “bad” book (because it isn’t) but because my views on this guy have changed a bit and it’s … uh… not great.
Here’s just a small example of who Joel Osteen is:
Do I still believe that “Whatever floats your boat” is okay? Yes… and no. And I almost don’t know how to explain it.
Yes — to what you believe as a Christian, which is none of my business and I have no problem with it or you. I share many of your beliefs, by the by.
No — to what you do as a tax-dodging millionaire leading millions to finance your lifestyle and taking $$$ from the government during a pandemic all in the name of religion. Screw you and the horse you rode in on.
So, this book and others by Osteen are nicely written and may bring comfort to people struggling with their faith or just needing a leg-up in the joy department. If he’s your bag, it’s a wonderful book.
If not, skip it.
Love him or hate him, Joel Osteen is a man with a mission. What that is, exactly, is (according to some) yet to be seen. To others, it’s clear, and he’s doing it and riding high!
My spiritual journey is woven among many blog posts here, so I won’t delve deeply today. What I will say is that I draw strength, courage and hope from different traditions and religions, including Christianity. Osteen is a Christian and the beliefs listed on his website are nothing new in the Christian tradition. It is the last tenet which seems to be the foundation for his particular brand of popularity:
… as children of God, we are overcomers and more than conquerors…
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