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unPHILtered: The Way I See It [Kindle Edition]

August 23rd, 2014

unPHILtered:  The Way I See It

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Book Description

September 2, 2014

The beloved patriarch of A&E’s® Duck Dynasty® series, Phil Robertson, shares his thoughtful—and opinionated—philosophy on life.In Phil Robertson’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Happy, Happy, Happy, we learned about Phil’s colorful past and the wild road to becoming the beloved patriarch of A&E’s smash hit show, Duck Dynasty. Now, he returns to share his philosophy on life, which can be summed up in five short words. Love God, love your neighbor.In this inspirational and entertaining book, you will learn what makes Phil Robertson tick. Robertson shares his views on faith—and how it has totally changed his way of life and how he treats others; family—how he raised his kids and is raising grandkids while teaching them the life principles he lives by; ducks—and the business principles that started the Duck Commander empire; marriage—including what he’s learned from his own marriage; and of course, his opinions on controversial topics like gun control, taxes, prayer in school, and the government.

UnPHILtered is the ultimate guide to everything Phil Robertson believes in. Balancing his sometimes off-the-wall comments with his strong focus on home and family life, it is sure to spark discussion, laughs, and a sincere appreciation for Phil’s unique approach to life.

 

Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential [Hardcover]

July 19th, 2012

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Publication Date: October 12, 2004
In this remarkable New York Times bestseller, Joel Osteen offers unique insights and encouragement that will help readers overcome every obstacle in their lives.

Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com Review
Houston televangelist Joel Osteen is well qualified to write this book, having used the seven principles he shares to achieve his own “rags-to-riches” story. At the heart of Osteen’s message is that achieving a successful, prosperous life of fulfillment can only occur when we stop worrying about the past or future to make the most of each present moment by using our God-given strengths and talents to achieve our goals. The key to doing so are the seven steps Osteen outlines: Enlarge Your Vision, Develop a Healthy Self-Image, Discover the Power of Your Thoughts and Words, Let go of the Past, Find Strength Through Adversity, Live to Give, and Choose to Be Happy. Mixing biblical teachings with his own personal experiences, Osteen explains each of these seven steps in an encouraging, optimistic manner that makes them accessible to anyone interested in principles of personal growth. Although written with a Christian slant, the seven steps Osteen shares will have value to anyone wanting to know more about practical steps of self-betterment, regardless of their denomination.–Larry Trivieri Jr.
From Publishers Weekly
Houston megachurch pastor and inspirational TV host Osteen offers an overblown and redundant self-help debut. Many Christian readers will undoubtedly be put off by the book’s shallow name-it-and-claim-it theology; although the first chapter claims that “we serve the God that created the universe,” the book as a rule suggests the reverse: it’s a treatise on how to get God to serve the demands of self-centered individuals. Osteen tells readers that God wants them to prosper, offering examples of obtaining an elegant mansion or a larger salary (“don’t ever get satisfied with where you are,” he cautions). In seven parts, he details how readers should enlarge their vision, develop self-esteem, discover the power of thought, let go of the past, find strength through adversity, give back to others and choose to be happy. The section on giving comes as too little, too late—Osteen’s message to remember others and “get your mind off yourself” flies in the face of the previous 200 pages. There are some good pockets of advice, such as letting go of past hurts and avoiding bitterness. Editorially, the book would have packed more of a punch if a third of its repetitive slogans and stories had been pruned. Theologically, its materialism and superficial portrayal of God as the granter of earthly wishes will alienate many Christian readers who can imagine a much bigger God.
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Product Details
Hardcover: 310 pages
Publisher: Warner Faith (October 12, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446532754
ISBN-13: 978-0446532754
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches

Biography
Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America’s largest and fastest growing church with over 38,000 attendees. On July 16, 2005 after completing $95 million dollars in renovations, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000 seat home — the former Compaq Center which is now the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into television markets across the U.S. where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world. In 2004 his first book, Your Best Life Now was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies. Most recently, Joel was named as one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006” and he was selected as the “Most Influential Christian in 2006” by the readers of Church Report Magazine. The son of John Osteen — a highly respected minister of the Gospel and the founder of Lakewood Church — Joel attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied radio and television communications. In 1982, Joel returned to Houston and founded Lakewood’s television ministry where he produced John Osteen’s televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999 when his father passed away. For many years John Osteen encouraged Joel to preach, but he always declined preferring to work behind the scenes. In early 1999, Joel felt compelled to accept his father’s invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year. Little did anyone know that would be the last Sunday of John Osteen’s life. Two weeks later Joel began preaching and later that year was installed as the new Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church. Almost immediately, weekly attendance began to grow at an extraordinary rate and, in 2005 Joel moved Lakewood Church into its present location, the former Compaq Center, a 16,000 seat arena that was once home to the Houston Rockets professional basketball team. Now, with his wife Victoria and the leadership staff of Lakewood, this innovative church is poised for the new millennium. Joel’s extraordinary success can be found in his core message: That our God is a good God who desires to bless those who are obedient and faithful to Him through Jesus Christ. It is Joel’s deepest desire that his own life be an example of that principle and that everyone who hears this message of hope and encouragement would choose to accept God’s goodness and mercy and to become all that God wants them to be.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Don’t dismiss its simplicity October 2, 2006
By D. Wilburn
Format:Audio CDI am a lifelong Christian and have read and studied the Word from many angles and sources over the years.

I don’t know if it was just timing, or what, but I couldn’t help but notice this ‘happy preacher’ on TV. For years, I passed him by while scanning the channels, but I DID slowly begin to stop and listen- a little more each time. I was taken by Mr. Osteen’s simple messages, delivered with a humility and genuiness that I just don’t think can be faked. Anyway, I began to enjoy the half hour I spent with him on TV, but still couldn’t force myself to buy the book or even take his theology seriously for that matter – it was just ‘soul candy’ as far as I was concerned.

Finally, I gave in a little over a year ago and bought the book. I coincidentally began a new job that included a company paid daily bus pass. I began to read a chapter a day during my commute. I have now read this book at least a dozen times. Yes, it still has that candy-like comfort, but beyond that I have learned to respect the man and his theology. To those who cast it off as ‘name it and claim drivel’, I can only say that I receive a much deeper message from his words. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a part of anything remotely like the ‘name and claim’ theology, or perhaps it’s because I’d like to believe that my own theology is deeper and therefore believe that his is too. What I’ll say is that while I have learned to appreciate how much God DOES love me and how much he wants for me, I realize that monetary wealth is just one of many types of wealth that’s being referred to in the book. And I hear the distinction loud and clear in his words. But I don’t think that’s necessarily his point. I don’t hear him PROMISING good things in this book. What I hear (and what makes the difference for me personally) is simply, – what kind of attitude are you going to have as you go through life (regardless of outcomes)? Personally, while I can’t say that his theology is totally supported in every detail by scripture, I can’t say that it contradicts it either, and it helps me immensely. Call it “Positve Thinking”. Call it what you want. It’s working for me and I can see its (positive) effect on me, my life and those I love and live with each day.

32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Life changing June 4, 2005
By Carolyn R. Scheidies
Format:HardcoverI don’t even know where to begin on this book. There was a time I understood the principles Osteen shares. I believed them, held to them firmly, until life happened, until exhaustion and opportunities denied or lost sapped away that faith. Until I read this book, I hadn’t realized how far I’d drifted from basics I knew were true and that made a positive difference. I hadn’t realized how negative some of my attitudes had become, attitudes I began to see reflected in my adult children.

Osteen brought me back to center, to my foundation: God is good; He loves me and wants the very best for me. He also wants me to trust Him, even in when bad things happen. God desires to bless, but my negative choices and attitudes can block that blessing. No longer.

Osteen makes clear … (…)

103 of 132 people found the following review helpful
The Fine Line October 23, 2004
By Pete Smith
Format:HardcoverWhat I think many people miss about Joel Osteen’s message (as well as the spelling of his name) is the fine line between a name-it and claim-it theology and the simple message of the Bible that God loves you. If God loves you and sent His Son to die for you (the Christian Gospel), then why would He just want Christian ministers to focus on suffering and sin instead of having a postive attitude of faith and trusting God for more. “If a earthly father gives good gifts…”

I think Joel believes that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, that there is only one way to heaven and that sin and the battle of the flesh is important, but just doesn’t focus on those things – Lord knows there are plenty of hell fire and damnation preachers out there.

Joel doesn’t say that if you claim something in Jesus name you’ll get it. Instead, he says to have faith that God will bring you through your circumstances and wants good things for you. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for…” We’ve lost the hope that we should get from God’s love. It is after all GOOD news.

Many people (and several reviewers) criticize Joel for not being overtly evangelistic to save souls or not preaching more on sin. Funny how few ministries are seeing the thousands come to the Christian faith like are coming through Joel’s church, television programs and events and even more find the encouragement to change their lives for the better. Perhaps honey does work better than vinegar?

As far as being applicable to people of other faiths or no faith at all, truth is truth. If I don’t touch the flame, I don’t get burned whether I’m a Christian or not.

In a world full of uncertainty, it is good to have a messenger who will inspire us to Live Our Best Lives Now! A nation in the war on terror needs it.

Courageous

January 3rd, 2012

Courageous

Courageous (2011)
Alex Kendrick (Actor), Ken Bevel (Actor),

Alex Kendrick (Director) | Rated: PG-13 | Format: DVD

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Actors: Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes, Ben Davies, Angelita Nelson
Directors: Alex Kendrick
Writers: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
Producers: Dennis Wiemer, Jim McBride, Justin Tolley, Larry Frenzel, Michael Catt
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: Cantonese, Chinese, English, Korean
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)

Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
Run Time: 129 minutes
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
ASIN: B0062NAX1U
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28 in Movies & TV

Special Features
Commentary with the Kendrick Brothers
Deleted Scenes
OUTRAGEOUS: Outtakes and Bloopers
Courageous in 60 Seconds
The Making of Courageous
The Heart of Courageous
The Story Of My Father

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Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they are confident and focused, standing up to the worst the streets can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge they’re ill prepared to tackle: fatherhood. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Sherwood Pictures, creators of Fireproof, returns with this heartfelt, action-packed story. Protecting the streets is second nature to these law enforcement officers. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That takes courage. Starring: Alex Kendrick, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, Robert Amaya, Ben Davies Director: Alex Kendrick Producer: Stephen Kendrick

120 of 124 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!, June 13, 2011
By busymom – See all my reviewsThis review is from: Courageous (DVD)
I was able to see a free viewing of this movie thru LifeWay ministries through our local church. AMAZING MOVIE!!! Just like with FLYWHEEL, FACING THE GIANTS and FIREPROOF these brothers have made a movie that can change peoples lives. This movie is about fathers and their role in the family. What would happen if fathers actually connected with their wives and kids……what a diffrence they would make! I would reccommend this movie to everyone!!!!Comes out in theatres september 30th, 2011.

60 of 61 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatherhood theme via a Christian Faith-based dramatic backdrop, September 30, 2011
By Harold Wolf “Doc” (Wells, IN United States) – See all my reviews
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Expect in-your-face fatherhood morals bursting from an action/emotion story.
Expect the F-words: Faith, Fatherhood, Fears, Failings, Family, Forgiveness.
Expecting goodness, I entered the theater for the 1st opening day matinee. Found it great.
Sheriff Deputies know the necessity of partnership. They take it to heart by forming a small group of men, adding one ethnic carpenter outsider, and strive to make a difference in the lives of their families. They base their “Resolutions” vows upon the Bible. Unfortunately it takes some tragic circumstances to get the men to this point. Their courageous open faith position will not always be taken well…as Dep. Adam Mitchell (Alex Kendrick-Dir, Writer, Editor, Actor) states, “some will mock, some will have no resolve, others will say `I WILL’. Men of courage with God’s help.” He notes they will (and do) face conflict, challenge, controversy, & need courage. Each man has his own family issues, each an individual path of struggle.

A debate is sure to develop. Which is best, “Courageous” or “Fireproof” (2008); the last 2 films by the Kendrick brothers. I vote, equal. Alex does it all in this 4th Faith-based film adventure, while Stephen writes and produces. They also did “Flywheel” 2003; and “Facing the Giants” 2006. Is this film a moral and faith statement from the writers? YES! Of course! That’s what they and their church intend. Expect it, and perhaps be blessed.

This film begins immediately with ACTION, life-threatening, a crashing peak, and then an emotional end to the scene. Hold on to your hat, because you have almost 2 hours of emotion, action, and even some comedy ahead after that. Ken Bevel, as Hayes (Yes, from Fireproof) is new to this police squad. No big HOLLYWOOD stars in this low-budget film that relies on none of the typical theater gimmicks. This film, as in preceding Kendrick film successes, relies on spiritual subject matter, PG13 rating, and the targeting of the Christian Theater viewer, eager for BIGGER-FASTER-STRONGER, but also family and faith oriented. It’s worked for the Kendricks’ casts & crews in the past, it will work again. Expect “COURAGEOUS” in the theater for a few weeks, and then the DVD will be bought by those same viewers…and more.

Viewership will grow, word of mouth, father to father, mom to mom, pew to pew, family to family.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE!!!!!!!!, September 30, 2011
By Parking Man (Florida) – See all my reviewsThis review is from: Courageous (DVD)
Saw it today. Just like “Flywheel”, “Facing the Giants”, and “Fireproof”, this is one of the best movies ever made. All father’s should see this movie. Our court system should require dead beat dads see this movie as part of their court appearance. Mr Kendrick, you are a saint!

Wow Hits 2012 – 30 of Today’s Top Christian Artists & Hits!

November 3rd, 2011

Wow Hits 2012 – 30 of Today’s Top Christian Artists & Hits!

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Product Details
Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
Original Release Date: 2011
Number of Discs: 2
Label: WOW
ASIN: B005FQZMIO
In-Print Editions: MP3 Download
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137 in Music

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How You Live(Deluxe Edition)

November 2nd, 2011

How You Live(Deluxe Edition)

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Biography
As one of the biggest names in Christian music, Point of Grace returns with their signature chill-inducing harmonies, anthemic choruses and powerful lyrics that poignantly capture life’s simple yet vital messages. The two-time Grammy nominees have sold more than 6.5 million albums and earned 24 consecutive No. 1 singles (27 total including radio staples “Steady On”, “The Great Divide” and “Circle

Product Details
Audio CD (October 7, 2008)
Original Release Date: 2008
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Word Entertainment
ASIN: B001CBW15S

Editorial Reviews
Today, the women of Point of Grace look and sound better than ever and their career has come full circle by way of the current hit CD and title track ‘How You Live.’ The project has proven to be a critically acclaimed best seller for the group. A new photo shoot, packaging design, music video and three new country-friendly cuts make this ‘Expanded Edition’ a natural progression for this amazing project and Point of Grace.