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Purpose Driven Life [Hardcover]

Rick Warren
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Oct. 3 2002 Purpose Driven(r) Life the Purpose Driven(r) Life (Book 1)
The #1 international bestseller! This 40-day spiritual journey will help you understand why you are alive and God’s amazing plan for you both now and for eternity. Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award and Christian Book of the Year Award.

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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:

PRIORITIZE YOUR VALUES

UNDERSTAND YOUR STRENGTHS

RESOLVE TO FULFILL YOUR MISSION

PRAYERFULLY CREATE A MISSION STATEMENT

ORGANIZE YOUR TIME

STRENGTHEN SKILLS, HABITS, AND RELATIONSHIPS


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Message To People Who Care Sept. 30 2003
By M. Coin
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read Aug. 14 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Booklet not the Novel April 1 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea Bad Theology June 9 2004
Format:Hardcover
Great for the person who is very, very new to the Christian thing. Who wouldn't want to know their purpose? ...especially in a world like ours. Our world has made us into what it wants us to be. We're so busy, who has time to think about eternal things or our purpose. It get's the attention of many. A good tool. But when you get down to it...1/2 of it is pretty sketchy theology. Some people say they don't get into theology...but they do. Everybody has a theology...it's just "good" theology or "bad" theology.
Great money maker for the "seeker" oriented church push. Read Romans 3:10-14. If that is correct. There is no such thing as a seeker. God is the seeker. Humanity runs from God. Humanity rejects God. God pursues us.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Scripturally Unsound May 31 2004
By A Customer
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Lambs to the Slaughter May 28 2004
Format:Hardcover
Reading this book was like eating a mouthful of sand. If you are seeking to find a spiritual path, this is not it. The Author is himself lost. His opening dedication paragraph (pg5)is a borrowed theme from the earlier published Neale Donald Walsh series of "Conversations With God". Warren is obviously searching for answers to Life himself or he would not have been able to state, "Contrary to what many popular books,movies,and seminars tell you, you won't discover your life's meaning by looking WITHIN yourself." (pg18) But on pg197 we find,"What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you." In pg209,"God has promised never to allow more on you than he puts WITHIN you to handle." On pg182, "To be Christ like you must develop the MIND of Christ." Is the mind not "within"? In Luke 17:21 Jesus tells us,"...because the kingdom of God is WITHIN you." Warren is obviously confused. He criticizes the "self-help books" (pg18-19) that steer one to finding your life's purpose as they are "self-centered". But the author has come to a revelation expressed in this book that "If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose." (pg17) I guess this makes God "need" me for HIS purpose and "self-centered". I always thought God needed nothing as after all God has everything because God IS EVERYTHING and my Life was a gift, not a need. He has put himself above the "brilliant philosophers" who have tried to determine the purpose of life, because he thinks he knows. The Purpose of Life can be spoken in 5 simple words. The Meaning of Life can be spoken in 3. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is for everyone wanting purpose and direction in their life. An easy read, well organized and enjoyable. Love it!
Published 8 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to have on hand.
the book is well written and gives me inspiration .This book makes you think about your life and makes sense of the question why was I born.
Published 10 months ago by susan glass
2.0 out of 5 stars Christian oriented
This book was not generic enough and very Christian oriented. If one does not believe that Christ is our saviour then its not at all applicable.
Published 12 months ago by Elaine Gitalis
3.0 out of 5 stars Rating for «what on Earth am I here for?»
I give a 3 stars rating for this book because I was surprised of the size. I guess I was waiting for a book that would be like the size of a hard cover or at least a soft cover. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anne St-Onge
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone wants to know what they are here for
I liked the subject, and the way it is presented. Also gave me a new way to see why I am here.
Published 15 months ago by S. Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect book!
perfect book!!! i recommand everyone to read that book. It WILL make a positif change in your life! you will want to offer it to others too.
Published 16 months ago by Nad
1.0 out of 5 stars Rick Warrens pamplet(book) is a rip off
I expected a book as advertised what i received was a 4" 2" pamplet made of poor quality paper. It was advertised as a book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Keith J Brumwelll
4.0 out of 5 stars A Template to Check Your Christian Activities Against
In the process of praying, reading the Bible, attending services, witnessing, and following the commands of the Bible, it's easy to forget to check overall on how you are doing in... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2008 by Donald Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be in everyone's home
I purchased this book after our family suffered the most immense tragedy that could ever happen to a family, a fatal car accident that took the life of my dear granddaughter who... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2007 by Reader of Meaningful books
1.0 out of 5 stars A Question Of Free Will
"The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren is a guide to one's spiritual journey. The book is setup as a series of 40 lessons, one to be followed each day, and the idea is for the... Read more
Published on April 14 2007 by Dave_42
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