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Joel Osteen signs copies of new book in Southaven

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As many as 400 of the Mid-South faithful spent their lunch hour with one of the world's most well-known pastors, Friday.

Joel Osteen was in Southaven, Mississippi, signing copies of his new book, “Think Better, Live Better.”

As pastor of one of the world’s largest congregations, Osteen's stadium-sized sermons are broadcast to millions over the air and online.

His new book targets a much quieter space: the mind.

"The premise is your life follows your thoughts. You can't think negative and have a positive life. And I think sometimes we don’t realize the recording that plays in our mind is negative towards ourselves," Osteen said as he stood in front hundreds of fans.

A line of people snaked through the stacks at Books-A-Million, where some arrived three hours before the book signing began to get a spot at the front of the line.

"What I love about Joel is that he makes everything so simple so that everybody can understand it. And I think that's why you can take his daily practices every single day and use them in your daily life”, said Amanda Levi of Collierville, TN.

James McNally, a nurse from Horn Lake, Mississippi, said he first started listening to Osteen when he bought a new car and turned on his satellite radio.

“What he does, it’s not fire and brimstone. He takes everyday life and brings it down to a level that everybody can understand,” McNally said, clutching copies of two of Osteen’s best-sellers.

An excerpt from chapter one of “Think Better, Live Better” reads, "Our mind is like a computer. How we program it is the way it's going to function."

“[You can have] the best computer in the world, but if you put the wrong software in it, the files are going to be slow, you're gonna have viruses, you're gonna have all this stuff happening. There's nothing wrong with the computer, it's just got bad software,” Osteen said. “Those viruses keep us from becoming who we're supposed to be. So I use the analogy, you have to delete it. Just like you delete things on your computer. Delete the negative thoughts and replace them with what God says about you."

The fans weren't so much starstruck as they were FAITHstruck by the pastor.

"I'm here today mainly because I want to be in the room where I can inhale his spirit. I want to inhale his spirit of positivity," said Betty LaMarr of Memphis, TN, as another woman wearing a “Church Girls Rock” t-shirt nodded with approval.

Joy Hall, of Bear Creek, AL, said she’d have shown up at the bookstore in the middle of the night if that’s when Osteen was going to be there.

"He's on my bucket list. I said the one thing I want to see before I die is meet Joel Osteen. Because he changed my life."

Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria return to the Mid-South in March 2017 to host a "Night of Hope" in Memphis.

For ticket information on "A Night of Hope with Joel and Victoria," click here.

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