Wednesday, October 17, 2007

“Become a Better You” by Joel Osteen

Challies on the new book by Osteen. Color me unimpressed:

As I thought about Joel Osteen’s new book, Become a Better You, I was reminded of that sad, pathetic little loaf of bread because this book, like that bread, is form without substance. This is Osteen’s second book, and the follow-up to his bestselling Your Best Life Now. Like the previous title, this one features a picture of the smiling pastor on the front cover and offers seven steps to a better life. Like Your Best Life Now much of the book follows this format: “The way to ______ is not to ______. Instead, you need to ______. You might say, ‘But Joel, I can’t do ______ and ______.’ I know it’s hard. Rise to the challenge. Don’t let yourself get beat up or knocked down. God has so much more for you.” And like his previous book, this one is maddeningly repetitive. It is a handful of his sermonettes for Christianettes expanded into 380 pages of mind-numbing repetition. Read More.

2 comments:

Ray said...

I saw him on 60 minutes. There is nothing to not like about Joel Osteen. However his avoidance of the basic message of Christianity - the power of the blood of Christ is concerning. Like others, I'm concerned that "others" will get the wrong idea about Christianity from his ministry. It's almost like he's trying to show the soft side of Christianity, rather than the whole picture.

Ron Ballew said...

Definitely a strong tendency towards "Christian Lite."