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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Each Sunday, more than 30,000 people attend worship services at one of NPM’s five Atlanta-area campuses: Buckhead Church, Browns Bridge Community Church, Gwinnett Church, North Point Community Church, and Watermarke Church. Andy’s books include When Work and Family Collide and The Grace of God. Andy and his wife, Sandra have three teenagers.


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Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one church to five in the Atlanta area and has developed a global network of 30 churches.

Each Sunday, more than 36,000 people attend NPM's five Atlanta-area churches: Browns Bridge Community Church, Buckhead Church, Gwinnett Church, North Point Community Church, and Watermarke Church.

Andy's books include How To Be Rich, as well as Deep & Wide, Enemies of the Heart, The Next Generation Leader, and How Good Is Good Enough? Andy and his wife, Sandra, live in Alpharetta, Georgia, and have three grown children.

For more information about Andy Stanley and North Point Ministries, visit www.northpointministries.org.

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The book is a very easy read.
Ben Komanapalli Jr.
Andy Stanley does an excellent job in this book of laying some of the foundational principles of wisdom.
James Laws
The Principle of the Path is a self help book for life.
W. Easley

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By W. Easley VINE VOICE on March 29, 2009
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If you could relive your life, what would you change? More importantly, how would you change? Andy Stanley, in The Principle of the Path, gives us a blueprint for a successful life.

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.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Tony Morgan on August 16, 2009
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I finished Andy Stanley's most recent book, The Principle of the Path, last week. Andy is one of those guys that seems to have figured out how to get from here to there, so I figured I'd read his book about how to get from where I am to where I want to be.

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.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Nightingale on January 2, 2010
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Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 27, 2009
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When I first received this book and looked at the author's photo on the back, inside flap, he looked quite young, and when I read that he was a pastor, I have to admit that I thought, "Oh boy, this is going to be another book by someone that is advising far beyond his understanding."

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!
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