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The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader." He and his wife, Kay, founded Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. He also wrote the #1 all-time bestselling hardcover book, The Purpose Driven Life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Rick Warren's simple formula linking each person's purpose to five classic functions of the church--worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and mission--has helped countless people re-examine their lives and deepen their faith.
When the book originally released in 2002, I was editorial director at a Christian publishing house and had previously served as a pastor for several years. As a "professional Christian," I was skeptical that Warren's seemingly simplistic approach had much to offer.
But when the church I attended did a Purpose-Driven campaign, I dutifully agreed to read a chapter a day. I was immediately hooked by Warren's unassuming voice and clear, biblical message. I read the entire book in two days and was highly motivated to re-engage in the practice of spiritual disciplines and ministry.
Since then I've used the book as the basis of a small-goup study on two occasions. This material continues to connect with basic questions people have about how to live a meaningful life.
Now Zondervan has released an anniversary edition in an attempt to reach a new generation of readers.
The expanded edition includes two additional chapters, plus online supplemental resources: a one-minute video introduction of each chapter, and a roughly 60-minute audio recording of a Sunday sermon by Warren to accompany each of the 42 chapters.
The bonus materials don't add much value to the book, however. The chapters really don't need an introduction, and I can't imagine anyone listening to 42 hour-long sermons in addition to doing a six-week group study of the book.
Purpose-Driven has been criticized by some for being too simplistic about spiritual matters and for Warren's hopscotch approach to using Scripture when supporting his points. Even so, the material is useful.
Here are six reasons I still recommend The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?
1. It makes basic Christian concepts accessible to just about everyone.
2. It's a surprisingly inspiring read.
3. It makes a good text for a new converts class.
4. It's an easy choice for a six-week small group study.
5. It is a versatile resource for one-on-one discipleship or mentoring groups.
6. Though the book has some shortcomings, they are outweighed by strengths.
No book is perfect, and Purpose-Driven is no exception. Yet for a decade it has been a value to pastors, small group leaders, and every-day Christians get in touch with God and themselves.
I couldn't say thank you enough Pastor Rick Warren for being God’s instrument by writing such meaningful, encouraging and inspirating book.
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