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The Principle Of Path [Paperback]

Andy Stanley
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Book Description

March 29 2011
Not where you want to be? 
Wondering how to get there?

Why is it that smart people with admirable life goals often end up far from where they intended to be? Why is it that so many people start out with a clear mental picture of where they want to be relationally, financially, and professionally and yet years later
find themselves far from their desired destination? Why do our expectations about our own future often go unmet? 

What if you knew the answer to those questions? What if there was one simple idea that explained why so many people get lost along the way?

There is. It’s called the principle of the path. And not only does it explain the disappointment and regret that characterize the lives of so many, it provides a way for you to be the exception.

As you are about to discover, the principle of the path is at work in your life every single day. Once embraced, this compelling principle will empower you to identify and follow the path that leads to your desired destination. And this same principle will enable you to avoid life-wasting detours along the way.

“If you’re ready to break the bad habits, bad behaviors, and bad decisions that have been leading you into trouble, you need Andy Stanley’s The Principle of the Path.”
–Dave Ramsey, host of The Dave Ramsey Show
and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover

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About the Author

Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Each Sunday, more than 30,000 people attend worship services at one of NPM’s five Atlanta-area campuses: Buckhead Church, Browns Bridge Community Church, Gwinnett Church, North Point Community Church, and Watermarke Church. Andy’s books include When Work and Family Collide and The Grace of God. Andy and his wife, Sandra have three teenagers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read June 25 2009
Excellent Read - I wish I had read this book many years ago, when I was making my life decisions. Andy is able to make the very "out there" concept real and simple. It is direction of the Path that we set ourselves on that determines our outcome - with solid Biblical examples of good and wrong path directions, Andy walks us through real life reasons to pay attention to the paths we choose.
I think this is a must read for every couple getting married, every graduate from high school, and anyone contemplating a life decision. Armed with this principle - we can get to where we want to be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Life Advice Aug. 26 2011
The Principle of the Path
I grew up believing in fate ' that whatever happened, it was meant to be. The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley presents an interesting argument that each decision we make places us on a path for the rest of our lives. It puts us in the driver seat of our own lives and allows us to feel some sense of control over our successes and failures.
This book is an excellent as Andy intertwines many of his own personal stories with the key messages of his book. His language is easy to read and his stories bring his theories to life. The book includes the following topics
' Why bad things happen to smart people
' Should have seen that coming
' The heart of the matter
' Getting help from your friends
' Attention retention
' Road Closed
Greatest Lesson
The greatest lesson I learned from this book is that we must have the foresight to consider the long-term impacts of our decisions. Each decision is not an isolated event, but rather one additional step on our life plan. The book offers some wonderful advice about how to select and stay on the right path throughout life. For example, Andy suggests that you should become friends with individuals who are further down the path you want to be on and seek advice from them on how they got there. This is much more effective than surrounding yourself with friends who are at the same stage as you and may not have the wisdom and experience to help you move forward in your path.
'You will never reach your full potential without tapping in to the wisdom of others' (page 133)
I recommend The Principle of the Path for anyone (young or old) who is looking to understand why they have ended up on the path they are on.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtle and Somewhat Predictable Sept. 24 2009
By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Andy Stanley is the son of Charles Stanley. As such he is a second generation leader but one who has gone on to establish his own "path" apart from his Father and has been successful in church planting and ministry expansion to where his voice is more his own than what you might expect.

I was somewhat impressed, that while Andy does refer to his famous father there's not the usually continued name dropping and anecdotal appeals within the book that would be somewhat characteristic of someone with a famous name seeking to capitalize upon that association.

The writing style is conversational and I rather suspect that the book is an expression of what was originally spoken or preached as it has the quality of a revised sermon, albeit one that is strong on story telling to reinforce what in essence is a very simple message.

The message of the book is less heavy handed in its message than what it could been and so in that regard it exercised some restraint and avoided going in to moralizing and hammering those mistakes that all of make in life. The author's willingness to be self-deprecating and to draw examples from his own life that illustrate poor paths was noted and appreciated.

In the end however, and perhaps this is a reflection of this reviewer's background, this felt like a somewhat warmed over offering of what has been preached for years and is pretty common material in many churches. The authors writing style and voice (which is very reminiscent of his father's) is what carries this and the material is pretty standard fare.

3 Stars and worthy of a quick read.

Bart Breen
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Principle of the Path July 12 2009
There are times in life where everyone has a moment of uncertainty, disappointment, and confusion about why they are in that particular situation. Why am I in so much debt? Why don't my relationships last? How did I gain all this weight? People react differently to bad circumstances. Some people have excuse the problem as the fault of someone else. Some people get angry at God. Some people throw their hands up in the air and cannot pinpoint the problem. The problem with all these options is that self-deception reigns supreme. We are, in essence, poisoning our lives slowly. If we actually took a good look at our problems, chances are that a series of decisions in our life led us down that path. Granted, it can be very, very painful to acknowledge that our choices determine where in life we will be in the future. But, as Andy Stanley states in his book, The Principle of the Path, this understanding is key to changing your direction to a new path: a debt-free path, a healthy relationship path, a nutritious lifestyle path. We may have had good intentions of paying off that debt and of eating healthy, but ultimately, if we continue to choose to walk the road of maxing out credit cards or buying impulsively, intentions don't matter anymore. Only the decisions we've made direct our paths. When life throws a curve ball, like the loss of a loved one, which isn't determined by us, our choices determine how we handle those unforeseen situations. This book is a back to the basics understanding of how we got to where we are. Slightly simplistic, this book would be a good read for those unhappy with their life, teens who need to understand the impact of their decisions today, and those who need a reminder of where they want to be.
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