The best-selling self-help author in America is the son of a preacher-man who only reluctantly became a preacher-man himself. When his father died in 1999, Joel Osteen was asked to fill in as preacher at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
Osteen says he didn't believe teaching was "in my heart," but he accepted the request and found that he had a gift.
Within a year, the church doubled in size. Lakewood now attracts over 30,000 congregants each weekend, and services are broadcast to 18 million viewers each month.
With his best-selling "Your Best Life Now" and the recent "Become a Better You," Osteen has become a favorite source of spiritual encouragement for people worldwide