Reported By Jonathan Martin
Popular pastor and author Joel Osteen was in Nashville on Friday for his sold-out "Night of Hope" show at the Bridgestone Arena.
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Osteen was signing books with his wife, Victoria, Friday afternoon at the Books-A-Million on Charlotte Pike in West Nashville. The crowd included a diverse group from teenagers to grandmothers and residents from across the South.
There's a lot of negative things going on in the world from Japan to the economy. There's so much that tries to push people down, and our ministry is about lifting people up, said Joel Osteen.
I think people just want to celebrate. They want to say, Things are going to get better, said Victoria Osteen.
Released from prison last year, Barry Pendley said he found hope through Osteen's ministry.
Then when I got out and heard about him and started listening to him. Well, you got to hit rock bottom before you can change, said Pendley.
As popular as he is, Osteen has been criticized for some of his views. But he said even in front of thousands of people, there is a universal message everyone can connect to.
If you're warm and sincere, upfront and connect with people, and if you talk about their everyday life, talk about things that are practical and real, thats what resonates on the inside, said Osteen.
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