As the wife of forty-four years to the late Pastor John Osteen, founder of Lakewood Church, Dodie Osteen stood as a wife, mother, and first lady of the church, even when life felt anything but steady. Read more...
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As the wife of forty-four years to the late Pastor John Osteen, founder of Lakewood Church, Dodie Osteen stood as a wife, mother, and first lady of the church, even when life felt anything but steady. Today, she continues to stand by her son, Pastor Joel Osteen, and the rest of their family as they lead Lakewood. In this revealing memoir, Dodie shares that her path, though glorious, has not always been easy. She shows an intimate look at such life-altering experiences as contracting polio as a child, raising 5 children, battling cancer, and losing her husband, all with the beautiful heart and sense of humor she displays to thousands at Lakewood and nationwide at Night of Hope events. While recounting her journey, Dodie offers readers meaningful life lessons applicable to their own lives.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-14
- Reviewer: Staff
In this intimate Christian devotional memoir, Osteen (Choosing Life One Day at a Time), mother of famed pastor Joel Osteen, describes herself as a simple girl from Pelly, Tex., who loves Jesus. With a honeyed and gracious south Texas style, she opens her memoir in the 1930s oil fields with her hardworking parents, Roy and Georgia. In 1954, she marries a pastor, John Osteen. Together they found the Houston-based Lakewood Church. "From the very start, Lakewood Church saw the world as their mission field," she writes. Today, pastored by her son Joel, one of America's most successful televangelists, Lakewood draws 40,000 to 50,000 attendees per week and has a medial outreach to more than 100 million U.S. homes and tens of millions in more than 100 countries. In unadorned detail, Osteen offers hagiography of her famous missionary husband, scriptural inspiration for the quotidian Christian, and a uniquely American narrative of self-made virtues, divine blessing, and hard work. Through struggles with cancer, children's illnesses, a letter-bomb attack, and the death of her spouse, "Ms. Dodie," now in her 80s, is still that simple girl from Pelly, Tex., who loves Jesus, has received his miracles, and believes he has a salvation plan for everyone's life. (Apr.)