BOOK REVIEW: “Break Out” by Joel Osteen a must-read faith supercharger

Danny de Gracia reviews Joel Osteen's newest book, Photo: Pastor Joel Osteen teaches the Bible has power to change lives. (Joel Osteen Ministries photo)

WASHINGTON, October 3, 2013 – Pastor and Christian author Joel Osteen’s new book Break Out is an inspiring, must-read guide to developing faith that moves mountains and courage that overcomes even the toughest problems of the modern world.

Like all of Osteen’s previous books, Break Out helps readers to see themselves as valuable in the eyes of God and destined for blessing, victorious living and peace through faith in Jesus Christ.

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The book is written in a very conversational and compassionate tone that introduces readers in all life situations to the abounding mercy and unconditional love that God offers to anyone willing to place trust in His promises.

I first started reading Osteen’s books in 2010 during the height of some of my toughest career and personal challenges. As someone who is active in both legislative policymaking and political consulting, I frequently find myself in situations where I face ruthless people and constant atmospheres of negativity. I picked up a copy of Osteen’s earlier work, It’s Your Time and found it to be an instantaneous injection of encouragement to my soul. Since then, I have immensely enjoyed all of Osteen’s writings and kept up with his new releases.

In Break Out Osteen discusses a trust-in-God concept that he terms “Further Faster”: those who allow God’s promises to work in their lives will go further and faster than those who attempt to do things through human effort, intellect or worldly practices. This connects with what the Scripture teaches in Isaiah 58:14 which says, “Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth” – a promise that God will bless those who come to Him.

Break Out is Pastor Joel Osteen’s latest inspirational book. (Promotional photo by FaithWords)

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The “Further Faster” concept is something that America as a nation would do well to take hold of. For many years, America had a national outlook of “higher, faster, farther” that sought to constantly break records and achieve things previously written off as impossible.

When Americans first landed on the Moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin aptly quoted Jesus’ words from John 15:5 which said “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.” Today, in times of great economic peril and national decline many people have adopted a scarcity mindset of “just enough” but Osteen challenges readers to go beyond that to courageous, test pilot-like faith for “Further Faster.”

Osteen devotes twenty-five chapters to important topics ranging from reforming one’s expectations to enduring hardship and even learning to forgive enemies. Osteen refreshes readers between each discussion of Christian virtues with real world examples of how God worked to change lives or intervened in impossible situations to produce exceptional outcomes.

The central theme throughout the book is that at all times people should be aware of God’s love. This is a much-needed reminder in times when so many people are overwhelmed by sorrow, feelings of rejection, pressures and confusing world events.

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The Bible says in Romans 2:4 that “the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” and in John 1:16 “of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.” Osteen shows readers that once people are aware of God’s mighty love, they should respond to it by believing in Jesus and releasing God’s power by speaking the Bible’s promises over problems.

Break Out is an outstanding book to awaken faith and inspire courage. Available in print, digital and audio formats, Break Out makes a powerful addition to your home library and a wonderful gift for friends.

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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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