Joel Osteen
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"Joel Scott Osteen" is an American preacher, televangelist, author, and the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the List of the largest Protestant churches in the United States/largest Protestant church in the United States, in Houston, Texas. His televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries. Osteen has written five New York Times Bestselling books. He has been widely nicknamed "The Smiling Preacher".

In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential/Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner and debuted at the top of the The New York Times Best Seller list/The New York Times Best Seller list. The book remained a The New York Times Best Seller for more than 200 weeks.

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[In August 2004, he did a free appearance at the 18,000-seat Philips Arena in Atlanta and filled it beyond overflowing, with the fire marshal turning away as many as 8,000 people.] I didn't know what arena size to get, ... Atlanta was our first. I couldn't believe it.

My mother was very ill with terminal cancer she was given a few weeks to live, but she started speaking the word praying healing scriptures and it didn't happen overnight, but in time she got better and she's healthy today. Why did God heal my mother and not someone else's I don't know. I just know I'd rather die believing.

We slanted the floor and poured concrete.

I never dreamed my book was going to do what it's done, ... Hopefully I'll never have to take a salary from the church again. We plan to be good givers.

I tell people all the time you can't have faith if you don't have hope. People sometimes criticize me, [they say] 'you are too positive,' but you've gotta have hope. Even if it doesn't happen today, I am one day closer to seeing it happen.

Don't put a question mark where God has put a period.

Another thing I remind myself is that God knows what's best for me.

It is flattering to be mentioned in such company; However, it is more rewarding to know that so many lives are being changed for the better.

I am excited about the opportunity of expanding our outreach with Free Press.