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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Trade Books (Oct. 3 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310205719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310205715
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 578 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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 God’s 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:







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Format: Hardcover
In this volume, Rick Warren, founder of the famed Saddleback (mega) Church expands on some of the ideas in his previous "The Purpose-Driven Church". Warren tells us that we are created for God's purposes, those purposes being giving God pleasure, being a part of his family, becoming Christ-like, serving others, and spreading the Good News of the Gospel that Jesus has paid the price for our sins. It is pretty much Evangelical Chrstianity 101, peppered with rapid-fire Biblical quotes and memorable anecdotes. Someone who is looking for a basic primer in what the Christian life is all about could do alot worse than "The Purpose-Driven Life".
I especially liked the fact that Warren doesn't assume that everyone reading this book is already signed on for the purposes he discusses. He even realizes that not all of his readers are even Christians. He hits the very basics with an exposition of the gospel and several calls for the unsaved reader to make the commitment to Christ. Another thing I particularly liked in the book was his discussion of how we can discover where we can be of most service to God's kingdom. He talks about several things here -- prayer, Bible study, spiritually discerning friends -- but it was refreshing to see someone say that what you are good at and what you enjoy are also indicators of where you can best serve God. When I was coming along twenty years ago or so, the standard line in most "fervent" evangelical camps was that what you were good at had nothing to do with what God wanted you to do, and that what you enjoyed should be avoided at all costs because it would just be a big distraction from what you really should be doing. I hope this means the Evangelical community is growing up a little.
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Format: Hardcover
"The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren is a religious based explanation of life -- "what's it all about" -- from the perspective of belief and revelation. It's an inspirational book for people who care about teaching America's young generation the difference between right and wrong. And, I'm all for that, especially when it is made into a simple explanation, as Rick Warren makes it. I am a religious person who believes in God, faith, and revelation. But, God also gave me a fair and balanced mind with the ability to recognize the merits of reason and knowledge. I have learned, as St. Thomas Aquinas did, to reconcile reason and revelation as both driving toward the same goalpost and, together, give God's complete explanation of what life is all about and the difference between right and wrong. And, in all fairness, I feel that I should disclose here that the book which helped me to reconcile reason and revelation and simply to understand life is Norman Thomas Remick's "West Point: Character Leadership...". After you finish reading Rick Warren's "The Purpose-Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For?", I recommend that you go on to read the Remick book. The books are a contrast in style and presentation, but both have very wonderful and inspirational information.
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Format: Paperback
The fact that some 13 million copies of this God-centred biblical guide to spiritual maturity have sold in 12 countries in it's first 17 months of publication speaks volumes to the exhaustion of English readers from the popular literature of narcissistic introspection and "self-help." Over 6,000 congregations from over 80 denominations have been enriched in their spiritual pilgrimages by Warren's weaving over 1000 passages from the Bible into his 40 brief chapters, designed for daily reading and reflection over 40 days. Warren's writing is pithy, even poetic at times and always down-to-earth practical in his Christian theology for lay men and women, readily accessible to anyone beyond junior-high.
Our care group of a dozen adults found that our six-week fly-past over the book was too superficial, so that we have now decided to go through it a second time, this time taking only one chapter per week, rather than seven.
Critics have complained that Warren takes some passages out of context -- an easy objection that can be made concerning any theological piece that refers to more than 20 passages of Scripture. Understandibly this is not a treatise on theories of the atonement nor an exposition of repentance and so some have faulted Warren for the lack of such. Our group responds that Christ's atonement and our need for repentance are appropriately treated in this book, even if some would have preferred more discussion of such themes.
Our lives have certainly been enriched by this book. Our appreciation for our Creator's Owner's Manual, the Bible, has grown through our study of this book. We look forward to more of the same in our slower second study through its contents.
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Format: Hardcover
The Purpose-Driven Life is an excellent book, allowing the reader to see the power of the Holy Spirit and how with God's blessing, everything is possible. As an Christian author myself, I have a critical eye for accurate writing and accurate Biblical citation. Although not every quoted scriptural reference is cited, the desirous Bible student can use a concordance and look it up, if need be. I am so excited that Rick's 40 Days of Purpose Campaigns are lighting (Holy) fire in so many congregations! The focus on surrender is particularly close to my heart, for without our total Free-Will surrender to God-Will, very little is possible! May the Lord bless all of you who read this book (the companion journal also makes a wonderful Christmas present to believers and unbelievers alike), and delight in the Divine gifts, healing, and loving relationships that Connection with Christ can bring.God uses the unusual and unique for advertising and marketing of His glory and love for us - including signs and wonders that have always been proof of His Holy Spirit being active in His children's lives. I believe Rick Warren is being successfully facilitated for a unique plan. Much harvest is sure to come!
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