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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1 edition (August 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310292131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310292135
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Walker packs each daily devotion in Growing with Purpose with fresh insight and invigorating challenge. Wherever you are now with God, Growing with Purpose will provide you with a daily path to keep taking one step closer. -- Nancy Guthrie, author of Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow <br><br>

From the Back Cover

Spend a year exploring God's purpose for your life. This thought-provoking, yet practical one-year devotional will help you understand that God's grace is the most powerful tool for change in your life. In this time of uncertainty and fear, Growing with Purpose teaches that God's perfect love drives out all fear. It's a fresh look at biblical truth that will strengthen your faith and encourage you to trust that God's promises are as certain as the sun coming up tomorrow. You'll find yourself reading it over and over again, growing with purpose and in intimate pursuit of God every day. Spend a year exploring God's purpose for your life ... spend a lifetime connected to the heart of God. Learn more about author Jon Walker's ministry at www.HisGraceEmbraced.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

After two decades in ministry, Jon Walker was laid off twice, lost his home and savings, was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, and then his wife filed for divorce just a few days before their twenty-fourth anniversary. It was during this time that he immersed himself in the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, resulting in his first two books on the German theologian: Costly Grace and In Visible Fellowship. But, more importantly, the writings of Bonhoeffer helped Walker set aside religiosity so he could discover follow Jesus with an obedient faith, even as his world collapsed around him. Walker tells his story in Breakfast with Bonhoeffer: How I Learned to Stop Being Religious So I Could Follow Jesus.

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and longtime friend and mentor to Walker, said Walker's first book on Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, "may be one of the most important books published during this time of economic uncertainty and world turmoil."


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This is a good daily devotion read.
KB
It's easy to read, and each devotional is short and uplifting, and each includes a short Scripture verse.
Leah Maines
I can skip a day if I want or read more than one entry on other days without feeling guilty!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chad Estes on September 25, 2009
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Growing with Purpose is a daily devotional written by Jon Walker, a frequent collaborative writer with Rick Warren at Purpose Driven Ministries.

Each of the 366 devotions begins with a verse of scripture--most of them from the New Testament with a sprinkling of Psalms and the occasional statement from one of the Old Testament prophets. These are short readings, three to six paragraphs in length, with one devotional taking up each page.

Walker presents the devotions in three different ways. In some he highlights observations from the daily verse, in some he presents a scriptural insight that is supported by the verse, and in others he shares short stories- often his own. There is no set pattern to the order of the messages within--they appear to be written for the purpose of encouraging the reader. If each devotional was a puzzle piece, the overall picture created would be one of grace, hope and love in an enduring race.

Growing with Purpose doesn't demand a lot of time or scholarly ponderings, mostly just a few minutes and some honesty. If you start your morning with a cup of coffee to help open your eyes, consider using a daily devotion like this to help open up your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eric melzer VINE VOICE on July 26, 2010
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About once a year I look for a new devotional book to go along with my daily bible reading. This year I decided to check out Jon Walker's 'Growing with Purpose' and it definitely hasn't let me down. Walker's writing style is easy to read and understand, and he says a lot without rambling on and on. I look forward to a new interesting and insightful devo each morning. This book would also be a great book for someone who might be struggling with life or trying to find meaning (which is pretty much everyone).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Phillips VINE VOICE on January 12, 2010
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This is a great devotional book to get you started off right for the new year. The devotions are short (one page each) but packed with deep meaning. While they will only takes minutes to read, they are profound enough to come back and meditate on all day. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper walk with the Lord.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gayla M. Collins VINE VOICE on December 28, 2009
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Having read "The Purpose Driven Life" and doing the work book, I became a sincere fan of Rick Warren. I soon realized this man loved the Lord, took the Lord's word and shared it in tangible way that lay people could understand. Thus, when I saw him endorse "Growing With Purpose" by Jon Walker I could trust that it would be a wonderful daily meditation book for each day of the year. I have already read a few and they touched me deeply and profoundly.

It is a beautiful looking book and would make a gorgeous gift to that family member or friend who is searching for the purpose of life here on earth. This book will give them timely insights to inspire a closer walk with God.

Jon Walker thank-you for writing this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leah Maines VINE VOICE on December 10, 2009
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Growing with Purpose by Jon Walker is an inspiring devotional. It's easy to read, and each devotional is short and uplifting, and each includes a short Scripture verse. The book itself is 397 pages. Walker worked for 10 years with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church and Purpose Driven Ministries. The writing is not on the same level as Warren's, but it is still a good read. I like the compact size of the book. It's a hardback with good paper. It easily fits into a purse or case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2009
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This is a fine devotional for those who have just a few moments of time to meditate on Bible verses. Each daily entry begins with a verse of Scripture and is followed by a few paragraphs of explanation or application. Many contain personal stories from the author, or fictional stories that make a point (like a parable).

In form, this devotional almost exactly mirrors one I already own -- How Great Thou Art -- by Steve Halliday and William Travis. I like the Halliday book, because the devotions are grouped by theme (the majesty of God, the holiness of God, etc.) and have some heft, being the words of great Christian thinkers and preachers, like St. Augustine, Calvin or Spurgeon. The "Purpose" devotions often drop pop culture references and awkward hyphenated terms -- objective-in-Jesus, Jesus-ones, Jesus-event, Jesus-love -- that are not really my cup of tea.

But this devotional will nevertheless focus you daily on God. The author's purpose is to show the reader how to apply Scripture to daily life in significant ways. I appreciate practical advice.

What I would really like to see from this author, though, is a memoir. His spiritual insights seem to be hard-won; he mentions years of "backsliding," his girlfriend's pregnancy and the baby's subsequent adoption by his sister, and his clinical depression, among other personal crises. The lessons he could share from these crises might be more meaningful than those he draws from his golf game or the cute things his kids say.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Hensley on September 4, 2009
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Jon writes in a down to earth - easy to understand style. The devotions are applicable to every day life, helping the reader to develop a closer walk with Jesus in 21st century life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Four Sons on October 28, 2009
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Growing With Purpose is filled with thought-provoking devotionals that will stay with you each day. Each day I read a new devotional and would ponder on it throughout the day. This book will not replace a "quiet time" or Bible reading, but it is a nice word that will help you focus on your purpose. It opens up your mind to reveal the blessings that are contained throughout scripture. A passage from the Bible is written at the top of each page. If you would like to further your study and gain perspective on why the scripture was written, I would suggest digging deeper into the particular scripture of the day. Again, the book alone is not a substitute for the Bible. I only give it four stars because it claims to contain a "compelling combination of conversational pictures, humorous prose, and practical suggestions..." When I read the words 'conversational pictures', I plan on seeing some type of picture or drawing. I don't see any pictures or read any particular conversations, so I don't think it's an accurate depiction of what is included in this small book. I would recommend this devotion for anyone wanting a short reminder to connect with God purposefully every day.
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