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The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

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42 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

It's not about you

When I first read The Purpose Driven Life, I was a born-again Christian. I don't like tags but that is the best description I can give. I had attended church most of my life but drifted away. In my mid-40s, I began searching. I felt empty. When a friend recommended Warr...
When I first read The Purpose Driven Life, I was a born-again Christian. I don't like tags but that is the best description I can give. I had attended church most of my life but drifted away. In my mid-40s, I began searching. I felt empty. When a friend recommended Warren's book, I read it, following the 40-day journey plan. I have recommended and bought copies for people. It is not the Bible but it helped me to understand many things not only about God but myself and my relationship with Him. Some may not find it enlightening but I believe that if you read it with an open mind, you will learn more about God and your relationship with Him. The book is easy to follow. I have gone through it four times. Each time I read it, I find something new to think about.

posted by Anonymous on September 17, 2006

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20 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

Consumer Driven Christianity

The Purpose Driven Life is 'Christianity-Lite.' Tastes great, goes down easy, but has zero nourishment for the human soul. There are so many other good books on the spiritual life, that it amazes me that this is the one that has made it to the top of the bestseller list...
The Purpose Driven Life is 'Christianity-Lite.' Tastes great, goes down easy, but has zero nourishment for the human soul. There are so many other good books on the spiritual life, that it amazes me that this is the one that has made it to the top of the bestseller lists. I was very disappointed. I am presently rereading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, which was for centuries the number one best-seller after the Bible. It remains one of the greatest spirtual classics ever written. Warren's book cannot be compared to such classics and will not stand the test of time. If you want to read some recent books that examine the weaknesses of Warren's 'seeker-senstive' style of Christianity, try: 'The Market-Driven Church: The Worldly Influence of Modern Culture on the Church in America,' by Udo W. Middelmann, 'Dining with the Devil: The Megachurch Movement Flirts with Modernity,' by Os Guinness, and John MacArthur's 'Ashamed of the Gospel.' 'A Time of Departing' by Ray Youngen has a chapter on Rick Warren.

posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    It didn't change anything for me

    With all of the hipe, I thought there was going to be some huge revelation that I could carry with me. Unfortunately, I belive that real faith goes far beyond what this book offers. It was more of a marketing tool for churches to increase their congregations. It was rather disappointing when I realized that mega churches from coast to coast were all having bible study for the forty days because it was the new hip thing to do because this book. Like they say, 'It is not what you know, it is who you know'. I found a fantastic new book that defines our real purpose and how we have taken major detours from it. I recommend it below.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Too pricy

    Books such as this should not cost this much. It is shameful to make profits from Jesus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    A Simple Gospel Message

    This book contains a simple gospel message with the emphasis on simple. It reads like it was written for a ten year old. Now the ideals behind the book are honorable and necessary but I have a hard time recommending it to friends because I'm afraid it might insult their intelligence. A friend of mine at work described it as a 'little too Barney'. It is a fititng description. This might be a good book for someone who has never read a Christian book and has only rudimentary knowledge of Christian principles, but is WAY too basic for anyone else. One thing that also bothers me is the amount of garbage now marketed under the 'Purpose-Driven Life' trademark. I think it would certainly give God more glory to produce quality products in His name rather than junk made in a Communist country that doesn't allow religious freedom (China). There are many far better Christian titles available or you can just enjoy reading your Bible. Pass on this one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    Very Disappointing - Maybe it was all the hype...

    This book fell FAR short...I think it was directed at those few people who have had their heads stuck in the sand. If you're over 20 and haven't yet learned the very basics presented in this book, you're probaby amongst the few - at least I would hope. The book is bland, repetitive, drawn out and is not worth the money for most of the readers out there. So many books are being published that profess to have all the roads that will lead us directly to God's graces and so few have anything to really say! It would be very interesting to see how the authors of these types of books live...the home, the cars, etc. It's somewhat sad to think that this book has sold so many copies and has received so much applause. Go figure!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Feathery

    The Purpose Drive Life has reached an overwhelming popularity like the book, Prayer of Jabez. Both of these books are popular because they are read by babes and weak Christians who have not come to a knowing and personal relationship with Christ. An aged Christian can see through the unmerited pages. However, I must say that if it can draw sinners to repentance, then this is a 'purpose driven book.' God will let you hear, but if you're serious about your salvation, then He will lead you to His truth.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    disappointed

    I thought the book was insightful. Over rated in the media. Not Christ centered, still all about ME. Scripture has been twisted and bent, various bible versions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Umm okay, but not great

    It was ok. A good resource for Sunday school or Bible studies

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