From Publishers Weekly
Pastor of Saddleback Church, a Southern Baptist mega-church in southern California with weekly attendance of more than 15,000, Warren now applies his highly successful "purpose-driven" framework, developed in the best-seller The Purpose-Driven Church, to individual experience. The same principles Warren has taught to thousands of pastors to help churches be healthy and effective can also drive lives, he says. The book argues that discerning and living five God-ordained purposes-worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism-is key to effective living. His 40 short chapters are intended to be read over 40 days' time, giving readers small pieces of his purpose-discovering program to chew on. Warren certainly knows his Bible. Of 800-plus footnotes, only 18 don't refer to Christian Scripture. He deliberately works with 15 different Bible translations, leaning heavily on contemporary translations and paraphrases, as an interesting way of plumbing biblical text. The almost exclusively biblical frame of reference stakes out the audience niche for this manual for Christian living. It's practical yet paradoxically abstract, lacking the kind of real-life examples and stories that life-application books usually provide in abundance. The book has flaws editing might have fixed. People are quoted without being identified, and subheads simply repeat lines of text, which tends to make the prose sound too simple. This book is not for all, but for those needing a certain kind of scriptural rock, it is solid.
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From the Back Cover
What "level of living" are you reaching for? Survival, success or significance?
Rick Warren believes God created you for a life of tremendous significance. One with a mission that fills you with energy, confidence, and satisfaction. A life with direction and impact for Gods kingdom.
A purpose-driven life.
In The Purpose-Driven Life, the author of the phenomenally popular Purpose-Driven Church uncovers seven essentials for understanding and fulfilling your God-given life mission:
PRIORITIZE YOUR VALUES
UNDERSTAND YOUR STRENGTHS
RESOLVE TO FULFILL YOUR MISSION
PRAYERFULLY CREATE A MISSION STATEMENT
ORGANIZE YOUR TIME
STRENGTHEN SKILLS, HABITS, AND RELATIONSHIPS