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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: 3.1 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob on Feb. 26 2003
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Coin on Sept. 30 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucie Stein on Aug. 14 2013
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When things are going wrong, and the light at the end of the tunnel looks dim, we all ask ourselves this question. God doesn't make mistakes. Easy to read and thought provoking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indi Miller on April 1 2013
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A better description of this product would have explained that it was not the actual novel, but merely a tiny booklet of summeries.
Very disappointed upon opening the package which took a very long time to finally arrive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31 2004
Format: Hardcover
He has a lot of good words, but ultimately this book cannot reach my generation. The question, "what on earth am I here for?" is telling; it reveals a deeper problem in the church that people my age (I'm a teenager) struggle with. Church has become a pep club, a group of vegitarians wanting everybody to live their way so they can be healthier and all save the dolpins together. Christianity, almost by existing, should already answer the question, "What on earth am I here for?" The fact that it doesn't is fatal.

The section on Evangelisim is rather disturbing. We are to be "attractive" and "attract" nonbelievers to our churches. Whatever happened to having no "comeliness that you should desire him?"
The Bible says, "Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father..." the fact that this book is imperfect and not good shows that God had very little, if anything to do with writing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spirit on Dec 14 2003
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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