Excerpt: 'Love Your Life'

Mega-preacher Joel Osteen's wife shares rules to live by.

Oct. 14, 2008 — -- Victoria Osteen is the co-pastor of the nation's largest church and in her new book she shares her personal experiences on the faith journey.

In "Love Your Life," Osteen gives advice about how to tap into what God has stored for you and making the world around you more positive.

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I wrote this book in the hope that it will help you to achieve new levels in your life and to discover the treasures, gifts, and abilities within you that are just waiting to be uncovered. In the pages ahead, I want to share some foundational truths that will help you realize the depth of these valuable treasures you carry.

As co-pastor of Lakewood Church, I've had the incredible opportunity to meet so many women who share stories about their lives with me. We talk about their families, their careers, their good times and bad, and of course their relationship with God. Through many conversations I have found that although most of these women are doing good and important things in their lives, they often feel overwhelmed—emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

At a time when the pressures of the modern family are complicated by the pressures of the modern world, we often struggle to find a healthy balance between career, family, and relationships. But even in the midst of all the hustle and busyness, you can find fulfillment and achieve happiness—you can Love Your Life!

So what does it mean, to Love Your Life? When most people reach the twilight of their lives, they will tell you it's not about having a bigger house or a better job, or about the car they drove or the clothes they wore. They will tell you it was all about investing in themselves and their relationships with other people. How many times have we heard people say with regret, "If only I would have taken better care of myself . . . if only I would have spent more time with my family and the people I love."

From LOVE YOUR LIFE by Victoria Osteen. Copyright © 2008 by Victoria Osteen. Reprinted by permission of Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc, NY.