Your Best Life Now

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Your Best Life Now
Your Best Life Now cover.jpg
AuthorJoel Osteen
SubjectSelf-help, religion
Publication date
248.4 22
LC ClassBV4598.2 .O88 2004

Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential is a book by pastor Joel Osteen. It was published on October 12, 2004, by FaithWords. There is also a calendar, board game,[1] and study guide[2] available based on the book. A 10th Anniversary edition was published on September 3, 2014.[3]


The book was ranked #1 on The New York Times Self Help Best Seller list. It remained a bestseller for more than two years and has sold over 8 million copies.[3]


  1. Vision
  2. Self-Image
  3. Power of Thoughts and Words
  4. Let Go of the Past
  5. Strength through Adversity
  6. Live to Give
  7. Choose to be happy


In the 2010 West Coast Conference, "Christless Christianity", John F. MacArthur criticized this book as being a part of the prosperity gospel. Critics of prosperity gospel consider its teachings anathema to the gospel of Mark:

“Jesus, looking at the man, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When the man heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions” (10:21-22).

Osteen has made over $10 million from “Your Best Life Now,” keeping 90% of profits and donating the remainder to his church.[4]


  1. ^ "Your Best Life Now: The Game". Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  2. ^ Osteen, Joel (2005). Your best life now study guide: 7 steps to living at your full potential. New York: Warner Faith. ISBN 978-0-446-69636-4.
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Christine D. "FaithWords celebrates 10 years of 'Your Best Life Now'". Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  4. ^ Wyatt, Edward (2006-03-15). "Religious Broadcaster Gets Rich Contract for Next Book". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-28.