- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 28 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849946360
- ISBN-13: 978-0849946363
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.6 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Paperback – Mar 28 2011
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About the Author
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM consists of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of more than 90 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 185,000 people weekly.
As host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, which delivers over seven million messages each month through television and podcasts, and author of more than 20 books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; and Irresistible, he is considered one of the most influential pastors in America.
Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
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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
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. This book will inspire you to adjust your path to achieve greater success and happiness in life.
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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.
He talks about how good intentions aren't the fuel that's needed to reach the destinations we choose. His premise is that the path determines the outcome. For example if you're on a path that is leading to an unhealthy lifestyle, that's the destination you will reach no matter how much you may want to be healthy. You need to choose another path, i.e. a healthy lifestyle to get the desired destination.
The rest of the book fleshes out that premise. There are plenty of biblical stories and illustrations that help to prove his point. One part that particularly resonated with me was his statement that "Divine direction begins with unconditional submission. Not information" (pg.88). I think most of us would prefer the information first but that's not always how it works.
Ultimately there's nothing new in this book especially if you've been a Christian for a long time and have done a lot of reading on finding the will of God. However, what makes this book worth picking up is its readability and common sense approach. There's something here for everyone who needs help in finding the right path.