The list author says: "What are the books that can best help you actually figure out what you were made to do in life? Here's a list from the several dozen on my shelves.
I'm into practical self-discovery guides that include exercises and examples over books that offer general platitudes about living on purpose or recycled advice on positive thinking. I also value biblical thinking--like insights about how to live for heaven instead of simply for temporal rewards, or on seeing calling as about incarnating Christ first, and then expressing that incarnation through a mission (most purpose works focus on the doing part of purpose and overlook being). A biblical view of purpose also finds meaning in all of life--suffering and loss as well as success and victory---and leverages ever experience toward a life of great love and generous service. Since many people find their sense of calling through life's difficulties, the truly excellent books on purpose treat that area as well.
Many of the most popular books in this genre are very general--they talk about purpose in life in the sense of implementing a set of general principles, but don't help you find your unique, individual purpose. You won't find most of them in this list because they aren't practical enough to move a fairly mature believer forward.
So if you want some practical handles for discovering what you were made to do and be, plus some titles that explore other facets of purpose in an exemplary way, here's my list"
"One of the better practical purpose discovery books. Unfortunately, it is out of print, although you can still get it used. This book includes some excellent reflection exercises and models as well as generally very good text on purpose concepts."
"My own entry in the Purpose genre includes over 60 in-depth discovery exercises in a four-part purpose model covering Design, Passion, Preparation (life experience) and Calling . It also explores advanced concepts like life messages, defining calling as incarnation as well as mission, and how calling can be birthed in suffering. For the biggest set of self-discovery tools, choose this title."
"This is a book for leaders about finding your purpose in helping others live theirs, from a top Christian business coach. However, it also includes some powerful purpose-discovery tools (plus more you can download from the web) for creating an overall life strategy. Excellent choice for business owners and leaders."
"This is not so much a guide to discovering your purpose as a philosophical look at the whole idea of purpose. I include it here because it makes a powerful, erudite argument for a life of service over a life of accumulation. I especially like his concept that doing good to others expands your world, while looking out for number 1 contracts it."
"Anyone who sets out to find their life purpose should spend time focusing on their innate design--and that's the realm of personality type. This is the best of the introductory Myers-Briggs book. Becoming proficent in a personality system is virtually essential to maximizing you life contribution."
"The best-selling book in this genre provides a well-grounded look at one’s generic purpose within the body of Christ. The book’s strength is Warren’s solidly biblical take on purpose from an evangelical perspective. It's weakness is that it never really addresses the idea of unique, individual purpose in any depth. If you've read this and want more, try one of the first four books on this list."
"The personal guidebook edition of this book by Lucado includes exercises for reflecting on the concepts presented in the book. Although some of the questions are of the "fill in the blank after you read" variety, some really make you think. However, A Leader's Life Purpose Workbook or Living the Life You Were Meant to Live are better choices."