I was drawn to this book because the title seemed astute. What could be worse for humanity today that the souless, purposeless existence now being played-out in our so-called affluent societies? And what could be more welcomed than to suggest to your readership that they seek a purpose for living out this vale of tears? But Warren's book cannot provide direction to spiritual salvation because it represents the worst of material man. It avoids the one difficult question, no, contradiction, Christians must face: in a world that murdered primitive religion so long ago and replaced it with the new religions of science, of economics, of anthropology, of particle physics, that killed the priests and replaced them with entrepneuers, whose temples are banks, brokerage houses, and corporate law firms, whose rule is to invite every individual to distinguish and protect themselves against all others, and where every individual seeks a personal salvation in whatever gated communtiy they can afford, or pray for better, how does the Christian let go? Warren knows his readers are far fom being authentic Christians, because they can do anything but let go of their material-scientific needs, like Warren's need for money, recognition, power, and lots of it, the modern so-called Christian hides from their spiritual angst, that is the living hell of contradiction by becoming "successful " and thus opting for the pay-as-you-go solution offered by such hucksters. For a geniune Christian, there is no easy way: life is decidedly different, and not responsive to such audio-book-of-the month-club remedies. If you are Christian, you know your purpose, it is just frightening to accept: adopt a life devoted to almost everything in full contradiction to all around you, probably a life with little or no creature comfort, where you know despair, want, pain, in yourself and those about you. It is a road very very few do not avoid.