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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, September 2, 2011
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The Purpose Driven Life is a devotional book, and with over 30 million copies sold, it's become quite popular. So what's all the fuss about? Well, the book offers readers a 40-day personal spiritual journey, and presents what the author says are God's five purposes for human life on Earth. They are:

1 You were planned for God's pleasure
2 You were formed for God's family
3 You were created to become like Christ
4 You were shaped for serving God
5 You were made for a mission

What you're suppose to do with the book is this. It's divided up into 40 brief chapters, and the reader is urged to read but one chapter a day so you can take time to think about it's implications for your life. Therefore, you really start finding yourself interacting with the book, and not just merely "reading" it. To that end, each chapter finishes with points to ponder, a verse to remember, and a question to consider.

All-in-all I found this to be a pretty thought provoking and inspiring book. The chapters are short, which I greatly appreciated due to my busy daily schedule. Additionally, I found the author's writing style easy going, which makes the book an overall enjoyable read. So if you're looking for a good book to help guide you along your spiritual journey, or a "workbook" to help you answer some of life's most important questions, I can definitely recommend you check it out. Other self-help books I liked include The Prayer Project: How Each One of Us Can Make The World a Better Place to Live - In a Few Minutes a Day.
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Initial post: Oct 1, 2012 1:38:48 PM PDT
Curt Story says:
Honestly, I've read through this book--and I still wonder what "planned for God's pleasure" means, because all this `planning' doesn't seem to include my own heart, my convictions, or my gifts. Rick Warren writes "It's not about me"--so how is this supposed to be a personal relationship to Christ? To suggest the God of the universe cares more about His "plans" than about our personal calling essentially limits God's insight, omniscience, and creativity.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013 6:56:36 PM PDT
davyd3 says:
I can understand the apparent conundrum.
But God's pleasure is our pleasure, if you read the Bible through a different set of lens. He has said often, in the Bible, that His pleasure and purpose is that He would have a people through whom His glory, light, peace and life would shine.
God's pleasure is in the creation of a people who relate to Him in total love, surrender and peace-since they all go together. This is personal for us, and for Him also. That's why He calls it His purpose and "His Plans"-personal for Him as well as for us.
If you have a wife, or a child, you want them to be in accordance to your plans, at least in so far as that they would love you, experience transcendence and peace and be safe from harm. Similarly, God is not saying that He wants a people to be simply "about Him." He is saying that His one plan is to be one with His people, in a loving kind of romance, giving all of Himself-his love and light-to us.
It is not unlike a marriage, or as a father would feel toward a child. A loving spouse, or father, wishes that their beloved (spouse or child) would partake of all manner of good and lofty aspects of existence.
In other words, your marriage, or your child, is in your plan for of peace, love, life and light. This is what you would want for them. This pleases you as well, and it's very personal and joyous, for your wife and child also.
The Bible is like this kind of relationship: it describes a romance wherein both God and His people are glorified together as one in love life and peace.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 4:26:23 PM PDT
Anonymous says:
"presents what the author says are God's five purposes for human life on Earth."

Hilarious.

"All-in-all I found this to be a pretty thought provoking and inspiring book."

Hilarious. And exactly which religion worshiping which "god" is the correct one?

"answer some of life's most important questions"

Where is my next meal coming from? Where am I going to spend tonight?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2014 4:28:44 PM PDT
Anonymous says:
"But God's pleasure is our pleasure"

Hilarious. How do you know that?

"If you have a wife, or a child, you want them to be in accordance to your plans"

Hilarious. And that's why we have so much divorce and unwed mothers???

"The Bible is like this kind of relationship: it describes a romance wherein both God and His people are glorified together as one in love life and peace."

Hilarious. Why should a book of mythology be like "this kind of relationship"???
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