For the past three years, Joel Osteen, bestselling author and senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has been working on a new book that hit bookstores today.
Called The Power of I Am: Two Words that will Change Your Life Today (FaithWords/Hachette Book Group), the book aims to show the way the words “I Am” can help you find confidence and success.
“When I spoke this message a few years ago, I remember that this concept was very well-received,” says Osteen, who inspires more than 43,000 people each week at America’s largest church.
The book is filled with life changing messages, including the secret that Oprah says changed her life—that the way we speak about ourselves determines our destiny. “The principle is that whatever follows ‘I am’ will eventually find you,” Osteen says. “You’re handing it an invitation, opening the door and giving it permission to be in your life.”
In the end, negative self-talk does way more harm than good, Osteen says.
“People don’t realize that when they say negative things like ‘I am unattractive’ or ‘I am slow,’ this does negative things to their future and their self-image,” he says.
To turn around these negative self-thoughts, the book is divided into a list of “I AM’s,” to get readers thinking about how to reset their self-image.
Included on the list: “I Am Free,” “I Am Victorious” and “I Am a Masterpiece.”
“I was talking to someone the other night who said she used to say ‘I’m so tired’ all the time,” he says. “You’re equipped with the ability to turn this around. It’s not magic, but it’s a way of life. It’s moving away from being negative toward yourself.”
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