Helpful for opening ones mind to a higher power. The author informs the reader to be aware that our lives on earth are a "gift" not to be taken lightly. Earthly possessions are just that. Your Soul is the only thing you will take with you when you die. So your Soul needs to be straight with the Almighty God in order to enter the Gates of Heaven, which should be everyone's ultimate goal.
I think this book is exceptional in that it presents spiritual attitudes that the mature Christian should posses or be striving for. I think it captures the spirit of Christianity and goes beyond just the mechanics of it. Personally I use it in a substance abuse relapse prevention group. We read a chapter each week and discuss it. I also benefit greatly from it. For example, last week we read chapter 26 entitled, "Growing through temptation. I am frequently tempted by pornography and often succumb to that temptation. The very first sentence of that chapter is "Every temptation is an opportunity to do good." That hit me like a ton of bricks. When temptation hits I can adjust my attitude and even welcome it because if gives me an opportunity to grow. I only have to make the right choice. That is just one small example out of many in the book. This book is not meant to be just read or even studied. It is meant to be applied in your life!!
The sections and flow of what I'd describe as a spiritual journey are very well organized. Each day feeds into the next and I encourage you to keep a log so you can reflect back on the journey throughout. Great scripture and quotes throughout. There is a lot to gain from this regardless of who you are, but as a recent college grad I felt this especially fit well with my perspective moving into the real world.
The purpose driven life was one of the most relevant books that I have ever read. It helps us to understand the God's purposes for our life and enables us to make the most out of it. When we get to know the purposes of our lives we start living a meaningful life.
I couldn't say thank you enough Pastor Rick Warren for being God’s instrument by writing such meaningful, encouraging and inspirating book.