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A Journey Worth Taking: Finding Your Purpose in This World Paperback – June 5, 2007
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"Charles Drew has given us a great book to give awayespecially to those who want a purpose-driven life and want to dig more deeply into the mysteries of that purpose . . . [He] takes us a step beyond the literature that is presently available on the subject. Highly recommended." --Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York
"I was moved to tears by this beautifully written, honest, and comprehensive perspective on life calling. Charles Drew presents a realistic but hopeful viewone solidly grounded in the reality of the triune God. This is a great book for anyone wanting to reflect on the purpose and direction of their life's work." --Chris Keidel, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
"Find a group of others who are seeking direction in life and read this book together. The questions at the end of each chapter are worth the price, and you'll find yourselves drawn into a dialogue that will change your life." --The Rev. Peter C. Moore, D.D., author, Disarming the Secular Gods
About the Author
Charles D. Drew (BA, Harvard University; MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia) serves as the Senior Pastor at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Manhattan. He and his wife, Jean, have two grown children.
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This book reminded me of the reason that we live on this earth - for a purpose greater than our own.
It was also an enjoyable read that was easy to follow.
This book also contains questions at the end of each chapter for further reflection and discussion.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to see a Christian's perspective on figuring out one's identity, calling, and purpose in this world.
But I still highly recommend this book for its main message, that is, it's not about me or you, it's about a real living God who has a real living Son who died and was buried and rose again and will return to bring all of creation into more than what it was before the fall. And my sole purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever in WHATEVER my hand finds to do. Thank you Pastor Drew for bringing the liberating truth to light.
Pastor Drew drives home the freeing truth that I'm known by God and that I'm safe. I no longer have to worry about appearances or what other people think. I'm free to serve God with whatever He has been pleased to gift me with. My primary calling is to be a disciple of Christ. Amen to that! That my job is to be a faithful steward and that I might hear those precious words; "well done though faithful steward, now enter into my rest."
A Journey Worth Taking is, quite simply, a book about living. It is a book about calling, about meaning and about worldview. It is an attempt to provide a framework around which we can understand life. Drew, a Presbyterian pastor who serves Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, writes in a way that is relevant but Scriptural, up-to-date with the culture, but always dependent upon the ancient Scriptures. And what a grand combination this is. Drew clearly has his finger on the pulse of the culture and is able to speak its language, even while remaining faithful to Scripture. He is able to use terminology that the culture will understand, but to do so while giving those terms biblical meaning and import.
The book is built around four great ideas, all of which are drawn from the Bible. They are:
* Human life comes with built-in purpose.
* Something goes wrong with how we express our purpose.
* What gets ugly and destructive can be remade beautiful and right.
* What we do matters, because we are going somewhere.
These big ideas are otherwise known as creation, fall, redemption and consummation and through the book's 270 pages, Drew moves very deliberately through these ideas. He distinguishes between three levels of calling. In our primary calling, God calls us to Himself and to other people. Second, He calls us to self-discovery--to understanding and expressing who He has called us to be. And third, He calls us to serve in this world--to just do the things in this world that need to be done. We can only truly understand any sense of calling when we first understand that there is One who calls and that we are called first and foremost to know and to glorify Him. These levels of calling are examined through the biblical grid and are shown to provide a way that we can understand how life works. At the end of each chapter he pauses to provide insightful questions for discussion and reflection.
Though this is certainly not the first time I've encountered this four-fold grid, I was delighted to see what a useful tool it is to understand life and the reason God made us, the fall into sin, the redemption brought through Christ and the glorious consummation we anticipate with eager longing. It is useful in explaining why life doesn't work the way it is supposed to and equally useful in showing how life can be redeemed.
Around the same time that I read this book I also read Joel Osteen's Become a Better You. Though both books may be found on the same shelf in a bookstore, and where both claim to assist the quest for self-discovery, there is a marked difference between them. Where Osteen really acknowledges no authority outside of himself, Drew returns constantly to the Bible; where Osteen seems to turn to the Bible only to look for proof of what he already believes, Drew allows his understanding to be shaped and molded by Scripture. Osteen looks for no authority; Drew depends upon the authority that is his as he faithfully explains the Bible. The difference is pronounced; the difference makes all the difference. A Journey Worth Taking is the rare kind of book that I would confidently give away to either a Christian or a non-Christian friend. Unlike so many authors who deal with a similar subject, Drew carefully distinguishes between the Scripture's promises for believers and its promises for unbelievers; he does not extend to those who do not know Christ rights and privileges that are rightfully meant only for those who do.
Anyone looking for a life lived with purpose, a life where meaning is both assumed and understood, will find here a strong introduction to the kind of framework that can help a person understand the complexities of life. In the Foreword to this book David Powlison points out that Drew deals with topics of great importance. He summarizes in this way: "You find your true self...as you stop thinking so much about yourself. You live a wonderful life...as you learn to do mundane things well. You discover yourself...as you discover someone who is far more fascinating than you. Inspirational pep talks, techniques, and strategies can never get you to any of these places. Instead you need reasons. And Charles Drew gives you reasons. Good reasons." And, indeed, he does, for he gives reasons that are based on the word of the Creator rather than the word of mere humans. He looks to the Bible for his source and his authority and simply lets God's Word do the talking.
This is a book that is sure to vie for a position on the list of my favorite books of 2007. I can't think of another that has given me so much to think about. And I certainly cannot think of another that, when I finished it, I immediately started over and read it again. It is that good and that thought-provoking. I wouldn't be surprised to find myself reading it again before long. After all, this is the kind of book that can change a life.
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