You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever!
Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.
This book will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you?both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.
The Purpose Driven? Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century?a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about.
This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured bygenerations to come.
My favorite book ever... other than the bible!| Posted July 01, 2014
This is by far my favorite book! Of course it is second to the bible itself. This is a lifechanging and inspiring book that is a very easy read. Everything in it spoke to me and brought me into a closer relationship with God. Highly recommended and a great gift for both new and seasoned believers!!
i knew something was missing| Posted December 07, 2010
i read this book a when it first came out and then i knew something was missing from this book. i just didnt know what. i wasnt strong in my walk then but i still knew this book lacked something essential.
REPENTANCE. THE TRUE GOSPEL. thats what this book lacks.
Good with a few flaws| Posted December 02, 2009
This book is valuable in that it communicates that our purpose centres around God and his will for us. Warren is a great writer and a master of the catchy one liner.
This book is worth a look for Christians, not so much for non-Christians. While it has been marketed as having evangelistic uses, its presentation of the gospel is not as clear as it could or should be. It would be better to give a non-believer other clearer books to introduce them to the gospel, and then this once they get saved.
The book does use a lot of scripture but it tends to often rip it out of context, or quote only part of a verse/thought. The use of so many different bible translations is a bit odd and should be unnecessary.
Purpose Driven Life| Posted December 04, 2008
After hearing how much everybody loved this book I had high expectations, but as a teenager it didn't really hold my attention. Good points were made and I learned some things, but it kind of bored me.
Wow!! good reading| Posted April 12, 2008
I just began this only on day 16 but already see that it is impacting my life in a good way, I like that Pastor Warren uses many different bible translations as one may affect a person more deeply that another. I have included this in my first fruits and look forward to each reading. Very down to earth
What Matters Most| Posted March 02, 2008
Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life has been a regular staple in my literary diet for the past few years now. It is, in short, an overview of the most basic and fundamental tenets of Christianity. Clearly presented and very easy to read, it provides forty brief sound bites of the essentials of the faith. Rick Warren’s style is very easy to digest and one can pick up the book, open a chapter almost at random, and come away enthused, motivated and refreshed. The book itself strongly recommends a more methodical and structured “forty day” approach, which is the way I tackled it the first time though, however I seem to remember the temptation to read the next day’s chapter was often quite strong, as often happens when one is engrossed in the pages of another’s work. Probably the greatest strength of Purpose Driven Life, and I dare say the reason for it’s remarkable power to motivate, is it’s heavy use of scripture (nearly 1000 quotes throughout). Further, it doesn’t allow itself to get bogged down in semantics and therefore the reader avoids the same trap. Christians of all persuasions will find inspiring reminders of the basics all throughout these pages. One possible drawback to Purpose Driven Life is that the author cites fourteen different translations of the Bible in this work, and one is kind of left with the uneasy impression that the translation of scripture which most closely accentuates the author’s point is the one chosen, further, a few of scriptural quotes seem to be taken out of their originally intended context within the Bible. That being said, nothing quoted within P.D.L. is contextually problematic with an overall scriptural worldview, and Rick Warren has delivered a fantastic book that has doubtlessly help many believers (myself included) to take steps forward in their Christian walk and to remember that “it’s not about you.”