Există succese publicitare care măsoară inteligența autorilor și altele care măsoară prostia cititorilor. Un articol critic apărut în America dă pe față cinci falsuri care pot intra în categoria: ,,Și-au dat învățători după poftele lor“ (2 Tim. 4:3).
If you were to scan the lists of the best selling Christian books of all time you’d see some truly amazing books there. You’d see some books that have helped us better understand who God is and books that have instructed us. and how we as Christians can live lives of obedience to Him, and like you, I’m genuinely thankful for these books. Sadly though, you’d also see some truly flat-out awful books. Today I’ve narrowed down that list to the five most ridiculous books to ever become Christian bestsellers.
3. Next up we get to Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen
This is one of a bunch of books by Osteen that have sold in the millions of copies. They’ve been on the list of best-sellers, but this was his first and still his best known. The premise of the book is that God wants our lives to be easy and comfortable. God wants to bless us in such a way that we experience all the finest things that this life has to offer. We can, we should expect that God doles out this kind of preferential treatment to His people. So what Osteen does is he lays out the seven-step plan to experience your best life now. And what he lays out is basically just a mash-up of the gospel of self-esteem, or the gospel of self-empowerment, combined with the prosperity gospel. It’s basically just Norman Vincent Peale meets Oral Roberts.
So what’s the problem with it? Well, basically the problem is all in the title. That we can and should expect to live our best lives now. Osteen’s version of the good news that Christianity brings the world is that we can have all we want, we can have all we desire in this life. Really when you look at it, his gospel is nothing to do with Jesus Christ, nothing to do with the forgiveness of our sins, nothing to do with life eternal. His gospel is that we can measure our lives, and we can measure our spirituality by the pleasures we experience in this world.
Bonus fact. Did you know that there was a board game edition of Your Best Life Now? The game actually made no sense. It was completely unplayable. It’s regarded as one of the worst board games in history. Believe it or not, one of the tasks you actually had to complete in this game was to look into a mirror and to say affirming things about yourself and I don’t think it sold nearly as well as the book.