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A Review of Every Day A Friday - How To Be Happier 7 Days a Week by Joel Osteen
I just finished reading Every Day a Friday - How To Be Happier 7 Days a Week by Joel Osteen, the popular and influential pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church. The book builds upon the premise that people are happiest on Fridays due in part to the excitement of the upcoming weekend. In his book, Osteen offers advice culled from a Biblical perspective to help everyone learn to live each day as if it were a Friday.
The advice is nothing new. If you’ve ever tuned in to Osteen’s televised sermons, you’ve heard it before. There isn’t anything revolutionary in the writing. What Osteen advises should be principles we already have in place for our daily lives. However, after reading further, I discovered that although the advice is simple and oft repeated, the strength of his writing is not in what it advises, but in how it instructs one to apply these principles.
We know we should relax more, laugh more, have a healthy self-image and enjoy our families. But how do we do that effectively when we are bombarded with negative images and news and when the hustle and bustle of daily life leaves us tired and discouraged? In the course of twenty-seven chapters, Every Day a Friday – How To Be Happier 7 Days a Week illustrates how by offering real-life examples supported by Scripture. The author does not state that it will be easy; he explains that it will take work to turn away from what for many is a lifetime of internal doubt, disappointments, guilt and hurt. Osteen encourages the reader to not give in to those feelings but to overcome them through faith, prayer and effort. He advises that you have to take the first step – in faith – in order to change your outlook on life and allow yourself the opportunity to live each day with happiness and expectancy.
If you’re a fan of Osteen’s gentle and easy approach, you will not be disappointed in the tone and flow of this book. It is a pleasant read. I highly recommend Every Day a Friday – How To Be Happier 7 Days a Week to everyone – from the individual struggling to keep his or her head above the murky waters of depression to those dealing with life's everyday highs and lows. There will be at least one chapter that will “speak” to you and offer sound encouragement and insight to enhance your life.