When he was born on March 5, 1963 in the city of Houston , Texas , Joel Osteen's parents probably didn't expect that their son would reach the level of adoration and empowerment from people all over the world. Coming from a family that is full of active member of the ministry and missionary work is common in almost all of the six siblings born in the Osteen family. His father, Josh Osteen, is a retired Southern Baptist pastor. Paul, Lisa, Tamara and April are siblings of Joel's who are also involved in full-time ministry work. His half-brother Justin works in New York where he is active in missionary work.
Born into a family with such strong religious beliefs and actions, it was only right that Joel Osteen became senior pastor of the Lakewood Church in his hometown of Houston , Texas . Not only is he a best-selling American author, but his televised ministries reach over two million viewers on a weekly basis. With a crowd like that, it is easy to see that Joel Osteen knows what he is preaching about and how to get the people to believe and be active member of the Church and the Lord.
Joel Osteen released his first book in October of 2004 by the name of Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential . It became a best selling and leter on Barbra Walters herself named Osteen one of the year 2006's "Ten Most Fascinating People". As well as Walter's respect, current Presidential candidate John McCain has also spoken of Osteen as "inspirational", which is inspiration in itself.
One of the reasons many fall in love with the ways in which Joel Osteen preaches the word is the fact that he does not dwell on the evil of sins and that the world needs to repent, but instead he chooses to embrace and make known the goodness of God and all the good that can come from faith, believing, love, and a positive outlook on the beauty of life.
Through all of the controversy that has come into Joel Osteen's life, he takes it with grace and maturity. He is an inspiration to many, and seeing his words spoken live is an experience you will be changed for the better from and never forget.