The Purpose Driven Life expanded edition by Rick Warren is a guide for a 42 day spiritual reflection upon your life and discovery of your purpose for living this life. Mr. Warren is the pastor at Saddleback Church in California. He takes the reader through this journey of life's purpose in 42 days. It is suggested in the first few pages not to try to read/study this book any quicker because as explained in the beginning of the book the Bible considers 40 days a spiritually significant time period. God would ask each person in the Bible to spend 40 days to prepare oneself for a new purpose. Mr. Warren asks the reader to do the same. There are scriptural passages to also read in the guide in the back of the book as well as messages to listen to online. The day's devotion can be spent in as little as 15 minutes to get the day's message or more in-depth time can be spent using all the resources provided. It is also suggested that the scriptures should be read in various differ translations or paraphrases. Each chapter also begins with a QR code which can be scanned with your smartphone so that you can listen to a 3 minute video for the chapter. This is an easy to understand new version of the book released 10 years ago which incorporates the newer technology available to most people today. This is a book that can be read by oneself for self reflection by yourself but it is suggested that more can be gleaned when read for a group discussion/devotional study.
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. I was surprised at how this book could direct me on a more fulfilling pathway to God and understanding my purpose without being preachy. Mr. Warren writes in an upbeat way without being wishy-washy which I appreciated. I plan to reread this book slower as the writer intended in a group setting with a small group study. I had not read the first book so I cannot say whether the changes made the book better but I can say that this book has improved my philosophy on life. Thank you for taking the time, Mr. Warren, in updating your popular book.
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It's been ten years since I first read The Purpose Driven Life --along with most people both in and out of the Christian community. Picking up this anniversary edition was like visiting a familiar friend and reminiscing. I was struck anew by the scope of the book. It's truly a foundational work, covering what we're here on this earth for, how to foster spiritual growth, how to function within the church body and how to discover and fulfill God's ultimate purposes for our life.
Warren specifically instructs the reader to move through the book slowly, preferably over the course of 40 days. The anniversary edition includes two bonus chapters covering the most common traps to living a purpose-filled life. So, I tried to move slowly and take time with the reading.
There were moments I was tempted to skim simply because I have read the book before and completed the 40 Days of Purpose study with my church. I would begin to feel like the lessons were "old-hat" and yet I was reminded by taking it slow that sometimes the foundational lessons are the ones we must return to again and again.
Additionally, the updated edition includes many multimedia tools to expand the impact of the lessons with handy QR codes, including audio and video lessons from Rick Warren for each chapter.
The impact of this book speaks to a widespread desire to discover God's purposes for our lives. Clearly most of us long for an answer to this question considering how many people were drawn to read The Purpose Driven Life in the first place. Warren emphasizes, though, that we are truly here to glorify Him and to work with other Christians to fulfill God's plan for us as individuals and as a Church.
If it's been ten years since you read the book, maybe now would be a great time to read it again. It's also updated and interactive, which might appeal to a whole new generation of folks asking, "What am I here for?"
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I love everything Pastor Rick Warren preaches and writes about. He has a brilliant way of breaking things down and making difficult concepts easy to understand. He keeps your interest and he is never boring.
The anniversary edition of "The Purpose Driven Life" is even better. There are two new chapters added: "The Envy Trap - I must be like you to be happy" and "The People-Pleaser Trap - I must be liked by you to be happy".
What I also think is a wonderful addition, are the QR codes and web links incorporated providing a video intro and 30-minute audio message by Pastor Rick Warren for each chapter.
If you are not familiar with Pastor Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life is a great introduction. This is one of my favorite books ever. I highly recommend it to everyone.
I have received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Zondervan and Thomas Nelson.
the goal of Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life is to answer the question that makes up the subtitle... "What on earth am I here for?"
The Purpose Driven Life is the best-selling non-fiction hardcover book in history. it has sold over 32 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 5o languages.
originally published in 2002, 2012 marks the 10th aniversary of the book. and Warren and Zondervan have reworked and re-released the book with an additional two chapters: "The Envy Trap - I must be like you to be happy" and "The People-Pleaser Trap - I must be liked by you to be happy." there are also QR codes, internet links, as well as access to an online community incorporated into this new and expanded edition.
"It's not about you." the book opens with these four words and sends readers on a journey to discover God's purpose for their lives.
if you've read the book before, you'll love to revisit it and reflect once again on God's purpose for your life. you'll also enjoy the additional chapters and features. if you haven't read the book, start with this edition.
it's well written and easy to read. it's understandable and features wonderful references to Scripture.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is a devotional book that takes you on a forty two day journey with God. Over 30 Million copies have been sold and it has been labeled as the Bestselling Non-Fiction Hardback in History. The book addresses the thought provoking question: What on Earth Am I Here For? Then it answers the question by breaking it down and discussing five purposes or reasons why God created us and put us here on this earth. 1. You were planned for God's pleasure. 2. You were formed for God's family. 3. You were created to become like Christ. 4. You were shaped for serving God. 5. You were made for a Mission. Understanding our purpose gives meaning to our life, increases motivation, gives focus to life, and prepares us for eternity. Each day there was a scripture, Questions to Consider and Points to Ponder. Each day also contained QR Codes that link to 42 exclusive vides that discuss the Devotional for the day. This makes it really easy to listen using your Smart phone. There are also 42 audio messages that are related to each chapter. There are also discussion questions so this book can be used in a small group Bible Study.
This book really helped me in my walk with God. I loved the chapter What makes God Smile. God wants to have a two way relationship with us throughout the whole day. This book inspired me to renew my commitment to talk to God throughout my day, not just at the beginning and the end. I did notice that the author disagreed with what the Bible has to say about what happens after you die. The author talks about going to heaven immediately when you die. Ec. 9:5 says that the "Dead do not know anything." They are asleep until Jesus comes. Then the dead will be raised when Jesus comes back to this earth to take us to heaven. (See 1 Thes. 4:13-17)
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