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For some deeply religious Americans, pictures of the devastation on the Gulf Coast might raise a serious theological question: How could a just God allow such a tragedy to take place? Houston-based megachurch preacher Joel Osteen’s book, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, won’t help you answer that, but it will show you how to invoke Jesus’ name for fun and profit. “My attitude is: I’m a child of the Most High God. My Father created the whole universe,” Osteen writes. “He has crowned me with favor, therefore, I can expect preferential treatment.” In fact, there’s no trouble too petty for the Lord to bear. “Perhaps you’re searching for a parking spot in a crowded lot. Say, ‘Father, I thank You for leading me and guiding me. Your favor will cause me to get a good spot.’” See how easy it is? Bring along Harold S. Kushner when Osteen reads at noon at Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 638-7610. (Jeff Horwitz)