The past week I had the opportunity to attend my second book signing with Pastor Joel Osteen. I can recall in October of 2011 when I attended my first one at my local Walmart in Fayetteville, GA. The lines were wrapped around the corner and the minimum conversations that were taken place as we all patiently awaited his arrival were all about the positivity that proceeds his ministry. The lines were orderly and the moment that he arrived, Pastor Osteen started from the very back of the enormous long line and gave everyone a angelic hand shake. Now I have been to my fair share of book signing and I’ve never experienced the author take a moment to greet everyone that attended.
Fast Forward 5 years and on last Thursday Pastor Osteen was back in my area at the local Peachtree City Walmart. I just so happen to be watching the news that morning and saw that he was scheduled for a book signing in both Marietta and Peachtree City. Needless to say that I was excited that I wouldn’t need to drive more than 5-10 to reach my destination. Later that day when my youngest son arrived home from school I mentioned that Pastor Osteen would be in town and his face instantly lit up. He’s been watching him on television for as long as he can remember as well as listening to him minster in the car. He was so excited you would have thought that it was Christmas.
We patiently awaited until the clock struck 6:00PM then we gathered our books and headed to the book signing. The entire way my son was smiling from ear to ear and all that you could see was his teeth. Upon arriving to the store of course there was already a line wrapped around the corner from the electronics department but nothing to long at least when we arrived. Within a moments time the line behind is begun to increase drastically and shortly thereafter Pastor Osteen arrived, he stopped just as he’s done before and shook everyone’s hand in line until he made his way to the front of the line to start signing books. My youngest was so excited when he shook his hand and had a mini conversation with him. That was the highlight of his evening.
If you haven’t already added this one to your collection it is definitely a great one!