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Growing with Purpose: Connecting with God Every Day Hardcover – August 30, 2009
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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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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.
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.
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.
This is a small book, as many devotional-type books are, making it nice to keep at your bedside or tuck into your purse, briefcase, or bookbag. One of the nicest features is the quality of the pages; they are not slick, but look and feel much like papyrus, maybe--a very nice touch. Each day's one-page writing begins with a scripture passage, and discussion of the same follows. (One can find excerpts from the book on the author's website [...]) There is also a scripture index at the back of the book containing all scriptures referred to in the book, sorted by book of the Bible, as well as a subject index.
This book is probably most suited to someone who has a fairly good knowledge of the Bible and a strong belief in Jesus--most scriptures are from the New Testament. This is not a light, non-denominational book of positive affirmations, per se, as some books are, but more of a thought-provoking book for Christians who desire to become more Christ-like, and to take time each day to concentrate on the power of the Holy Spirit in their life.
I can see myself reading this book daily throughout the year, and then starting again the next year at the beginning. I believe that each page is different enough in its content and subject to be a long-lasting "pass-it-down" volume.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed. It was advertised as slightly used... it looks pretty used so I won't be giving this as a gift.Published on December 6, 2013 by Bonnie Ratcliff
This book is designed similarly to most Christian devotionals. Each page contains a short passage of Scripture followed by a story and prayer or application prompt. Read morePublished on November 25, 2010 by Tanya Dennis
Although I received this book months ago, only in the last few weeks have I picked it up. It contains short one page inspirational readings intended to be read one per day for a... Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by mrsmel2010
'Growing with Purpose - Connecting with God Every Day' is a nice little daily devotional for a year - it includes good subjects with an over-arching theme of growing closer to God... Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by randomartco
I'm sorry, I'm not really a Rick Warren fan. I have real several of the Purpose Driven... books and find them really lacking depth. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by J.S. Hicks
For those of you who enjoy reading a page a day in a devotional fashion with really like this book. I find that I do not like them as much. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by E. K. Collins
Growing with Purpose, Connecting with God Every Day was written by Jon Walker and is published by Zondervan. This is a day by day devotional, just one page for each day. Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Rick Warren's Purpose Driven made top seller list almost every country it is published and in many translations.
Rick has taken a step further. Read more
After reading Purpose Driven Life, I have also really enjoyed Growing with Purpose. Diffently good food for thought. Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by D. Hennings