Archive for the “Reading” category

The Power of Favor 9 | 3.1 An Abrupt Shift

by Glenn on March 27, 2020

Chapter 3 opens with a story of when Joel Osteen in his teenage years was pulled over by the police “for driving too fast.” When the officer saw Osteen’s name on the license, “he asked if I was related to (…)

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The Power of Favor 8 | 2.2 Where are we?

by Glenn on March 24, 2020

In his most recent podcast, a “12 Rules for Life Lecture” from Australia, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson talked about how his Biblical lectures had been received. He reflected on spending three hours talking about just the first line of the (…)

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The Power of Favor 7 | 2.1

by Glenn on March 23, 2020

So far, The Power of Favor by Joel Osteen is  a mixed bag. On the one hand, you can only marvel at the machinery of it all.  Joel Osteen isn’t an author so much as a brand and enterprise. He (…)

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The Power of Favor 6 | 1.5

by Glenn on March 23, 2020

The most obvious thing about Joel Osteen’s The Power of Favor is it’s conversational tone. The author is writing directly to you the reader. He uses simple words. The Power of Favor is no academic treatise. You don’t have to (…)

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The Power of Favor 5 | 1.4

by Glenn on March 9, 2020

Joel Osteen is a New York Times Bestselling author, which means at least one of his books has sold really well. I was and am curious about this and so I’m reading The Power of Favor and engaging with it (…)

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The Power of Favor 4 | 1.3

by Glenn on March 4, 2020

This is a continuing engagement with The Power of Favor by Joel Osteen. The first Biblical illustration in this book was Noah. He was a person who “found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” The trick is that literally (…)

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The Power of Favor 3 | 1.2

by Glenn on March 3, 2020

A few weeks ago I began writing a dialogue with Joel Osteen’s The Power of Favor. Osteen is a “#1 New York Times Bestselling Author.” I was curious about his books. His church is incredibly well-attended. He is on television. (…)

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The Power of Favor 2 | 1.1

by Glenn on February 19, 2020

Joel Osteen’s The Power of Favor: The Force That Takes You Where You Can’t Go On Your Own (New York: Faith Words, 2019) opens with this statement: “What God has in your future you can’t accomplish on your own.” (p. (…)

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The Power of Favor 1 | Pre-Thinking

by Glenn on February 18, 2020

I saw a book the other day and I was intrigued. I picked it up and thought I would engage with it, as though I was having a conversation with it. In other words, I would write as I read, (…)

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A Year in Review | Reading and Listening

by Glenn on December 31, 2019

This was a good year for reading. I had two things going for me. First, for a good part of the year I had work that included a lot of driving, and I chose to listen to books, as opposed (…)

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Erle Stanley Gardner and an Author’s Point of View

by Glenn on April 7, 2018

The latest Perry Mason novel I read (Erle Stanley Gardner. The Case of the Buried Clock. New York: Ballantine Books, 1943) has more overt references to World War II than the previous one (The Case of the Careless Kitten). There (…)

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Perry Mason and the Case of the Careless Kitten

by Glenn on March 6, 2018

One of my goals is to read the complete Perry Mason mysteries. There are 85 of them. My connection to them goes back to my grandmother. As a child at her house, I remember her watching the show on her (…)

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