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The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? (Running Press Miniatures) Hardcover – 2 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Mini Editions; New Ed edition (2 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076241684X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762416844
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 8.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. His previous book, The Purpose-Driven Church, has sold over a million copies in 20 languages, and it was selected as one of the 100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century. www.purposedrivenlife.com


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Great book but wanted to point out there are 2 Kindle versions, one at £0.49 which is much shorter and not split into 40 days, and the full 40 day course at £6.99. It is very confusing as they have the same title and very similar covers. Had to end up buying both!
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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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If you're not a Christian, and you're interested in spiritual matters, then you'll find this book interesting. It's intelligently written by a man who's thought deeply about his subject and who writes well and in a way that can be understood by anyone. It's full of ideas that will educate, provoke and challenge you - even if you don't agree with them all.

If you're already a Christian then this book is like manna from heaven. It explains what our relationship with God is (He loves us and He has amazing plans for us if we're willing to receive His gifts and follow him); why we're here on Earth (to serve Him and to follow Christ's teachings) and how we can make ourselves fit to live in His Kingdom when we die and depart this life (by striving to develop the character of Jesus Christ by modelling our character on His, i.e. not by following worldly goals or by being self-serving).

Following this way of living is a huge challenge. But, if you believe in God and the reality of the afterlife (Heaven & Hell) then there can be nothing more rewarding.

Rick Warren has turned the complex and multi-faceted Holy Bible into a simple "how to" manual for living a God-centred life. It's an amazing book that, if you're willing to take on board the lessons, WILL lead you to living a truly worthwhile life. That doesn't mean it's a worthwhile life by worldly standards, which is so much focused on material gain and "winning" over your fellow humans, but a worthwhile life by God's standards which means you get to live a joy-filled and meaningful existence for eternity, not just your 3-score and 10 allocation in this world. That doesn't mean life will be easy (it may be far from easy) but it will be worthwhile because you'll be ready to receive the amazing inheritance he's planned for us in Heaven.
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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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I read "The Purpose Driven Life" about 5 years ago after going through a time of considerable upheaval in my life. I had lost my health and had to give up my job abroad and return to the UK. I had also been away from God for about 4 years and then returned to faith, but was still needing direction and affirmation.

This book helped me to refocus on what what is most important in serving God. After a failed stint in ministry, I was suspicious of Christian people telling me what to do or what to be, but Rick Warren avoids the temptation to pigeonhole people and instead encourages them to listen to the desires and dreams God has placed in their hearts, and to look at whom God has made them to be. For me, this was transformative: I began formulating a vision which has grown over time and has always been in line with my God-given passions rather than any kind of formula, tradition or other people's ideas. For a while, the fun had gone out of my Christian life, but what has followed my reading of this book has been exciting, fulfilling and thrilling!

In short, this book has gone a long way towards restoring me, and helped me to discover God's plan for my life. If you have had enough of being a pew-warmer or are trying to get to grips with God's plan for you, this book will help no end!
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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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