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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; New edition (2 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310210747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310210740
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Warren is one of the most influential pastors in the world and has been referred to as such by Newsweek and Time magazine. His Purpose Driven Life has sold more than thirty million copies worldwide since its release in 2003 which, according to Publisher's Weekly, makes it the bestselling hardcover non-fiction book in history.

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A Groundbreaking Manifesto on the Meaning of Life

The Purpose-Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and God’s amazing plan for you—both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God’s purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.

This recording offers a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century—a lifestyle based on God’s eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. Full of hope and challenge, The Purpose-Driven Life will be a classic treasured by generations to come. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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92 of 103 people found the following review helpful By "sapphira_brown" on 8 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
Wow. I am almost at the end of the 40 day "journey" that this book takes you on, and it has changed my life. For the better. It's so damn practical!!! And readable, and just... AMAZING!!! Explains suffering, feeling that God is distant, how to deal with temptation and loneliness, talks about loving other people, etc etc. As the author says over and over again, THIS IS NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK! It is about living selflessly, because you are so sure of God's love for you... oh you'll just have to read it. But I swear that after one of the books chapters, about temptation, I went and told my best friend a lot of stuff that has been bugging me and that I've kept secret for a VERY long time... and I AM SO GLAD. It was just the most liberating thing! Thank you, Rick Warren, and thank you God, for making me unburden my heavy heart! (Is "unburden" a word?)
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Allan on 4 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an absolute must-read for everyone.
The forty chapters are meant to be read in a life-changing forty days; but I would advise taking it slowly - a chapter a week - and really thinking about what God is saying to you through the book.
Be warned this is pretty challenging stuff: very honest and frank and straight to the point with no hanging around. Warren's writing style is captivating and each and every line is full of meaning and provokes thought. He writes very honestly and openly and is not frightened to get right to the heart of every issue.
This book is a real life-changer and God has clearly blessed Rick Warren with tremendous faith, tremendous insight and tremendous ability to write such a book.
But remember, if your looking for a challenging and life-changing read, nothing does it better than The Bible...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Acraman on 13 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I was lent this book by my child's headteacher, but seeing it was a 40 day program, I returned it and bought a copy myself. I don't regret this purchase at all - what a book and what a read!

It totally transforms one's outlook on one's life and on our Lord God.
It puts life into persepective and explains who you are, why you are here, why things are the way they are, what your purpose for being alive is .... and I'm only half-way through yet!

Each day, I look forward to the time we have set aside to discover more, and it's almost tempting to dip into tomorrow's reading !

When I've finished, I think I'm going to read through it again to ensure I have fully understood everything because each chapter seems to blow my mind away and I'm almost delirious reading it - so I may benefit from reading each section again 40 days later when my mind has had the chance to absorb what has been thrown at it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
In the process of praying, reading the Bible, attending services, witnessing, and following the commands of the Bible, it's easy to forget to check overall on how you are doing in pursuing activities that are good for Christians. I was given this book by my son as a Christmas present and began reading it immediately. I didn't follow the format as I was instructed, but read ahead and then reread sections later.

I gained two benefits from the book that I didn't expect:

1. I became aware that I wasn't doing any small group Bible study and that such study and fellowship would be good for me.

2. I realized I hadn't tried any new ways to serve God in almost a year and a half. It's time for me to try some new things while continuing to do what I have been doing.

Like all books about Christian living, you'll get out of it what your heart is open to receiving.

Those who like to tie back everything they read to the source will find this book a little frustrating because you have to turn to the back to see the source of the Bible quotes.

Those who like short lists telling them exactly what to do will also be a little frustrated because the advice mainly consists of subject areas (pleasure for God, being part of God's family, becoming more like Jesus, serving God, and pursuing a mission) to think about and pray over.

Listen to the small, still voice of the Holy Spirit as you read this book.

May you be blessed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading The Purpose Driven Life. I read it over a 40 day period as the book suggested. I have been a Christian for more than 25 years and I found that the book phrased things in such a way that it helped clarify things for me. It is inspiring and I would recommend it. Occasionally I did find some of the Bible translations a bit lacking in substance but I can see why Rick has chosen to use them and overall I believe that most of them are a good choice.
I highly recommend this book.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Schneider on 6 Jan. 2005
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When I was reading this book I recommended it to several of my friends in church only to discover they had already read it. Apparently it is one of those widely known, respected and loved books and I never even knew about it!
It is an excellent book. Inspirational, wise and helpful to let you know why you are valuable to God and what you can do with the gifts you have. It makes me want to live every day to the full and for God.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Russ Hughes on 23 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a book for anyone who wants to make sense of their life. Yes Rick Warren is the Pastor of a large Christian church, but even if you don't profess faith this book will make a huge difference to your life. A challenge to swim in the other direction, against the current, and hey what of most of us got to lose? Most of us have tried what the world claims will makes us happy and still feel that there's something missing. He speaks with startling clarity and brings profound insight into the issues each of us face and helps the reader to understand their purpose for living, using non religious language. I challenge you to read this book and not be changed. If you thought the church was for wimps then you haven't read this book!
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