I was just at Borders Books and I bought Joel Osteen’s newest book Becoming a Better You. I don’t know if I’ve ever been embarrassed about a book purchase before, but I felt compelled to explain to the cashier that I wanted to review the book on my blog, not ingest it and be a better me.
As I thumbed through the pages, deciding whether or not to buy the book, I was appalled by Joel’s use of Scripture. That’s what I want to focus on as I read this book and review it.
My interest in Osteen has been ongoing, mainly because my understanding of the Gospel and his are at opposite poles. I’ve bashed him publicly before. I almost felt bad about that, until I watched one of his sermons. Then I thought I should do it more often, if only on the sly.
60 minutes did a piece on Osteen this past Sunday night. You can watch the video on the 60 minutes site. It’s 12 minutes well spent, if just to hear Michael Horton’s critique of Osteen (you can read more of Horton on Osteen on the WTS California site).