The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?
by Rick Warren
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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