The Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

My sister gave me this book on Christmas day 2003 and it was a good gift for me at that time. A little purpose to my life was just what I needed.

The Purpose Driven Life is divided into 40 chapters to encompass 40 days of reading. After each chapter are included a Point to Ponder, a Verse to Remember and a Question to Consider. An appendix of discussion questions is also included in the back of the book.

I have read this book two times, both times on my own. Unfortunately, each time it has not taken me 40 days to read the book since I’m the kind of person that can’t wait to see what is on the next page. Someday I would like to go through the book with a group of people since I think it would be great to discuss it with others.

There is a group of people from the church that I attend who are going through The Purpose Driven Life together. The reports that I have heard are very uplifting. This book, the words and encouragement of others and the powerful word of God has changed lives.

I cannot claim a life changing experience from reading the book but it has solidified my beliefs and given me more focus on my mission in life.

There is much to be gleaned from this book and one of my favorite parts is in the 6th day entitled Life Is a Temporary Assignment. Rick Warren writes “You will not be in heaven two seconds before you cry out, “Why did I place so much importance on things that were so temporary? What was I thinking? Why did I waste so much time, energy, and concern on what wasn’t going to last?””

I highly recommend The Purpose Driven Life, especially if you can go through it and discuss it with a group of others. One day I hope to do this myself.

Rick Warren's book is divided into 40 days which are categorized into six sections as follows:

What On Earth Am I Here For?

Purpose #1: You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure

Purpose #2: You Were Formed for God’s Family

Purpose #3: You Were Created to Become Like Christ

Purpose #4: You Were Shaped for Serving God

Purpose #5: You Were Made for a Mission

Purpose Driven Life




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