Purpose Driven Life Paperback – Jan 1 2002
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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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.
But there are a couple of problems with this book.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This book is for everyone wanting purpose and direction in their life. An easy read, well organized and enjoyable. Love it!Published on Aug. 14 2013 by Daisy
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.Published on Aug. 14 2013 by Lucie Stein
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 on June 2 2013 by susan glass