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The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Paperback – March 28, 2011
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About the Author
Communicator, author, and pastor, ANDY STANLEY founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. As host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, with over 5 million messages consumed each month through television and podcast, and author of 20-plus books including The New Rules of Love, Sex, and Dating, Ask It, How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide, Visioneering, and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy Stanley and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
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The author of 20-plus books, including The New Rules of Love, Sex, and Dating, Ask It, How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide, Enemies of the Heart, When Work & Family Collide, Visioneering, and Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley holds two degrees, an undergraduate in journalism from Georgia State University and a Masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, the impact of which is all too evident in his written work.
In the digital world, his success reaches well beyond local Atlanta-area walls. Two million of Stanley's messages, leadership videos, and podcasts are accessed from North Point's website monthly.
In 2012, Your Move with Andy Stanley premiered on NBC after Saturday Night Live, giving him an even wider audience with which to share his culturally relevant, practical insight for life and leadership. In less than two years, over 36 million episodes have been viewed, underscoring Stanley's impact not only as a communicator but also as a cultural change agent.
But nothing is so personal as his passion for engaging with live audiences, which Stanley has pursued for over a decade, speaking at leadership events around the world. In high demand, he speaks at various events before a yearly audience of both church and organizational leaders of nearly 200,000, including conferences such as Catalyst, Leadercast, Exchange, and the WCA Global Leadership Summit.
"I cannot fill their cups," he often says of the opportunity to impact leaders in business and in ministry, "but I have a responsibility to empty mine."
Andy Stanley and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is not what I expected. When I read that Andy Stanley is a highly successful preacher and pastor in Atlanta, I thought this volume would be full of sermonizing but it is not. Instead, Stanley writes in a conversational style full of stories and humor. This is an easy, delightful narrative that is like chatting over coffee with a good friend.
The Principle of the Path is a self help book for life. Pastor Stanley shares with us his single guiding principle for success and serenity in life. He begins with a relevant story from his own life, explains the principle and then leads us toward implementing that truth in our own lives. Stanley's applications can be useful in our relationships, our finances, our career, and even our parenting.
The wisdom is subtle. When I first read the "Principle" I thought it was a bit simplistic, but the more I read the more profound it became. The Principle and its application is brilliant but practical. Although the author is a Christian minister and often refers to scripture, this book would be useful for anyone who wants to lead a better life. The wisdom is universal.
I highly recommend The Principle of the Path. This has a very valuable message. I intend to give this book to my closest friends.
Here are some of the highlights from my reading:
* "To get from where we don't want to be to where we do want to be requires two things: time and a change of direction."
* "Direction-not intentions, hopes, dreams, prayers, beliefs, intellect, or education-determines destination."
* "We should break the habit of drawing a circle around individual decisions and events and dismissing them as isolated occurrences. These are steps. Steps that lead somewhere."
* "Prudent people look as far down the road as possible when making decisions."
* "Christians start talking about forgiveness as if somehow forgiveness serves as an escape hatch from the outcome of bad decisions."
* "When happiness points in one direction while wisdom, truth, integrity, and common sense point in another, that's when really smart people start doing really stupid things."
* "Your heart can't be trusted... The truth is, if you let it, your heart will direct you down a path that leads to the very spot you most want to avoid."
* "The choices are now. The outcomes are later. The decisions you make today have ramifications down the road."
* "One never accomplishes the will of God by breaking the law of God, violating the principles of God, or ignoring the wisdom of God."
* "I am constantly amazed at how resistant folks are to take their cues from people who are where they want to be."
* "We don't drift in good directions. We discipline and prioritize ourselves there.Read more ›
This preconceived notion was totally wrong in this case. I was VERY impressed with Andy Stanley as an author! He has a flowing, intriguing style of writing that makes you finish an entire chapter in one sitting when you planned to only read four or five pages at a time. The author has numerous stories of his own to highlight his points, but most stories in this book draw from scripture, particularly the Old Testament, and even more particularly, the king of Israel, David.
I would say that the biggest surprise with this book was that it was so entirely Bible-based, but, if you've ever read the Bible at all, even if you aren't particularly religious, you must admit that it is full of wisdom and is certainly an excellent source to draw from.
This book is wonderful, because IT doesn't convict you, or accuse you, or show you your missteps. You come to realize them on your own as you acknowledge the universal truths laid out. For instance, one of the most important, simple facts pointed out in this book that I never had given enough thought to is that paths lead to wherever they end up, and that path followed ends in the same place for everybody that takes it. The author gives an excellent example of when, in his youth, he and a friend decided to go ahead and cruise down an unfinished, barricaded section of highway, only to be warned off and stopped by another person shortly before they reached the unfinished bridge over a swamp!Read more ›
His book, The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be is the ultimate self-help book. To be honest, I normally can't stand books like this. I just find them to be simplistic. I feel like the authors are talking down to me.
But there was something different about this book. Maybe it just hit me at the right time. His point is this: Good intentions are all well and good, but in the end it's the PATH you take that determines where you end up. Am I on the right path?
Am I following the right map? Are my fellow travelers going where I want to go? What changes in direction to I need to make in order to end up in the right place?
Proverbs 3:5-6 says it well: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
I've heard it said that my systems are perfectly tuned to get the results that I'm getting right now. I've also heard it said that insanity is doing the same things again and again and expecting different results.
Sounds like a simple concept, and it is. But I found it to be a challenging and encouraging read. It's the perfect thing to remember as we start a new year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! So down to earth and practical for making life changes. A must read!Published 6 days ago by PB
Great book with a different view on how we end up where we are.Published 7 days ago by ZeldaBarbie99
It has practical applications toward living a spiritual & inspired daily life.Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey Thomas Kidd
SKIP THIS ONE -- even if you're religious.
It'll take you down the wrong path.
Author grossly oversimplifies real life. Read more
Awesome read! Andy Stanley provides great perspective, as always!Published 5 months ago by Victoria Radabaugh