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Translated into over 50 languages, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey that has transformed millions of lives. Once you take this journey, you'll never be the same again.

This new, expanded edition of The Purpose Driven Life, created for a new generation of reader, includes:

  • Video introductions by Rick Warren to chapters 1-42
  • An audio Bible study at the end of each chapter, with over 30 additional hours of teaching by Rick Warren.
  • Two new bonus chapters on the most common barriers to living a purpose driven life.
  • Access to an online community where you can discuss your journey to purpose, get feedback, and receive support.

On your journey you'll find the answers to 3 of life's most important questions:

The Question of Existence:
Why am I alive?

The Question of Significance:
Does my life matter?

The Question of Purpose:
What on earth am I here for?

Transform your life. Start your journey today.

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In 40 brief chapters (each of which can read as a daily devotional), Rick Warren answers the age-old questions: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Asserting that our responses to those quandaries must start with God, he explains how we can achieve fulfillment by enacting His plan.
Publishers Weekly
Pastor of Saddleback Church, a Southern Baptist mega-church in southern California with weekly attendance of more than 15,000, Warren now applies his highly successful "purpose-driven" framework, developed in the best-seller The Purpose-Driven Church, to individual experience. The same principles Warren has taught to thousands of pastors to help churches be healthy and effective can also drive lives, he says. The book argues that discerning and living five God-ordained purposes-worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism-is key to effective living. His 40 short chapters are intended to be read over 40 days' time, giving readers small pieces of his purpose-discovering program to chew on. Warren certainly knows his Bible. Of 800-plus footnotes, only 18 don't refer to Christian Scripture. He deliberately works with 15 different Bible translations, leaning heavily on contemporary translations and paraphrases, as an interesting way of plumbing biblical text. The almost exclusively biblical frame of reference stakes out the audience niche for this manual for Christian living. It's practical yet paradoxically abstract, lacking the kind of real-life examples and stories that life-application books usually provide in abundance. The book has flaws editing might have fixed. People are quoted without being identified, and subheads simply repeat lines of text, which tends to make the prose sound too simple. This book is not for all, but for those needing a certain kind of scriptural rock, it is solid. (Oct.) Forecast: Warren's The Purpose-Driven Church has sold more than a million copies for Zondervan, and has spawned a whole ministry as churches try to implement its principles for growth. Expect high sales for this long-awaited follow-up, which has an initial print run of just over 500,000 copies. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Warren is the wonder of Christian publishing—this, his most successful book, has sold over 30 million copies and applies the focus and approach of self-help to Christian audiences.
Library Journal
Warren is the wonder of Christian publishing—this, his most successful book, has sold over 30 million copies and applies the focus and approach of self-help to Christian audiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310276999
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: The Purpose Driven Life
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Warren
Dr. Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is the author of the New York Times #1 best-seller The Purpose Driven Life. With over 10 million copies sold since its release in October, 2002, the book received the ECPA 2003 Book of the Year Award. Warren also wrote the Gold Medallion Award-winner The Purpose-Driven Church, with over one million copies sold in 21 languages. Other books by Rick Warren include The Power to Change Your Life, Answers to Life's Difficult Questions, Planned for God's Pleasure, and Personal Bible Study Methods. Dr. Warren is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community which serves and mentors those in ministry and features Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox, a weekly email newsletter with 85,000 pastors subscribing. Rick and his wife, Kay, began Saddleback Church as a small group in their home in January 1980. The church now averages 17,000 in attendance each weekend, lists over 60,000 names on the church roll, and, through its numerous resources and Purpose-Driven Church seminars, is having a worldwide impact. The Warrens live in Trabuco Canyon, California. They have three children and a dog.
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It All Starts with God

For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, ... everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.

Colossians 1: 16 (Msg)

Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is meaningless.

Bertrand Russell, atheist

It's not about you.

The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.

The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That's because we typically begin at the wrong starting point--ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future? But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose. The Bible says, "It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone's life is in his power."

Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell you, you won't discover your life's meaning by looking within yourself. You've probably tried that already. You didn't create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for! If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn't know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the creator or the owner's manual could reveal its purpose.

I once got lost in the mountains. When I stopped to ask for directions to the campsite, I was told, "You can't get there from here. You must start from the other side of the mountain!" In the same way, you cannot arrive at your life's purpose by starting with a focus on yourself. You must begin with God, your Creator. You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God--and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.

Many people try to use God for their own self-actualization, but that is a reversal of nature and is doomed to failure. You were made for God, not vice versa, and life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not your using him for your own purpose. The Bible says, "Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life."

I have read many books that suggest ways to discover the purpose of my life. All of them could be classified as "self-help" books because they approach the subject from a self-centered viewpoint. Self-help books, even Christian ones, usually offer the same predictable steps to finding your life's purpose: Consider your dreams. Clarify your values. Set some goals. Figure out what you are good at. Aim high. Go for it! Be disciplined. Believe you can achieve your goals. Involve others. Never give up.

Of course, these recommendations often lead to great success. You can usually succeed in reaching a goal if you put your mind to it. But being successful and fulfilling your life's purpose are not at all the same issue! You could reach all your personal goals, becoming a raving success by the world's standard, and still miss the purposes for which God created you. You need more than self-help advice. The Bible says, "Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self." 3

This is not a self-help book. It is not about finding the right career, achieving your dreams, or planning your life. It is not about how to cram more activities into an overloaded schedule. Actually, it will teach you how to do less in life--by focusing on what matters most. It is about becoming what God created you to be.

How, then, do you discover the purpose you were created for? You have only two options. Your first option is speculation. This is what most people choose. They conjecture, they guess, they theorize. When people say, "I've always thought life is . . .," they mean, "This is the best guess I can come up with."

For thousands of years, brilliant philosophers have discussed and speculated about the meaning of life. Philosophy is an important subject and has its uses, but when it comes to determining the purpose of life, even the wisest philosophers are just guessing.

Dr. Hugh Moorhead, a philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University, once wrote to 250 of the best-known philosophers, scientists, writers, and intellectuals in the world, asking them, "What is the meaning of life?" He then published their responses in a book. Some offered their best guesses, some admitted that they just made up a purpose for life, and others were honest enough to say they were clueless. In fact, a number of famous intellectuals asked Professor Moorhead to write back and tell them if he discovered the purpose of life!

Fortunately, there is an alternative to speculation about the meaning and purpose of life. It's revelation. We can turn to what God has revealed about life in his Word. The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of it. The same is true for discovering your life's purpose: Ask God.

God has not left us in the dark to wonder and guess. He has clearly revealed his five purposes for our lives through the Bible. It is our Owner's Manual, explaining why we are alive, how life works, what to avoid, and what to expect in the future. It explains what no self-help or philosophy book could know. The Bible says, "God's wisdom . . . goes deep into the interior of his purposes. . . . It's not the latest message, but more like the oldest--what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us." 5

God is not just the starting point of your life; he is the source of it. To discover your purpose in life you must turn to God's Word, not the world's wisdom. You must build your life on eternal truths, not pop psychology, success-motivation, or inspirational stories. The Bible says, "It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone." 6 This verse gives us three insights into your purpose.

1. You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you don't have such a relationship, I will later explain how to begin one.

2. God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about him. His purpose for your life predates your conception. He planned it before you existed, without your input! You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don't get to choose your purpose.

3. The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity. That's what this book is about.

Andrei Bitov, a Russian novelist, grew up under an atheistic Communist regime. But God got his attention one dreary day. He recalls, "In my twenty-seventh year, while riding the metro in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) I was overcome with a despair so great that life seemed to stop at once, preempting the future entirely, let alone any meaning. Suddenly, all by itself, a phrase appeared: Without God life makes no sense. Repeating it in astonishment, I rode the phrase up like a moving staircase, got out of the metro and walked into God's light."

You may have felt in the dark about your purpose in life. Congratulations, you're about to walk into the light.

DAY ONE

THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE

Point to Ponder: It's not about me.

Verse to Remember: "Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him." Colossians 1: 16b (Msg)

Question to Consider: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?

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Table of Contents

A Journey with Purpose 9
My Covenant 13
WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
Day 1 It All Starts with God 17
Day 2 You Are Not an Accident 22
Day 3 What Drives Your Life? 27
Day 4 Made to Last Forever 36
Day 5 Seeing Life from God 's View 41
Day 6 Life Is a Temporary Assignment 47
Day 7 The Reason for Everything 53
PURPOSE #1:You Were Planned for God 's Pleasure Day 8 Planned for God 's Pleasure 63
Day 9 What Makes God Smile?69
Day 10 The Heart of Worship 77
Day 11 Becoming Best Friends with God 85
Day 12 Developing Your Friendship with God 92
Day 13 Worship That Pleases God 100
Day 14 When God Seems Distant 107
PURPOSE #2:You Were Formed for God 's Family Day 15 Formed for God 's Family 117
Day 16 What Matters Most 123
Day 17 A Place to Belong 130

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First Chapter

It All Starts with God It's not about you.
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That's because we typically begin at the wrong starting point— ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like, 'What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future?'
But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose. The Bible says, 'It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone's life is in his power.'
Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell you, you won't discover your life's meaning by looking within yourself. You've probably tried that already. You didn't create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for! If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn't know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the creator or the owner's manual could reveal its purpose.
I once got lost in the mountains. When I stopped to ask for directions to the campsite, I was told, 'You can't get there from here. You must start from the other side of the mountain!' In the same way, you cannot arrive at your life's purpose by starting with a focus on yourself. You must begin with God, your Creator. You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God—and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.
Many people try to use God for their own self-actualization. They want God to be a personal 'genie' who serves their self-centered desires. But that is a reversal of nature and is doomed to failure. You were made for God, not vice versa, and life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not your using him for your own purposes. The Bible says, 'Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.'
I've read many books that suggest ways to discover the purpose of my life. All of them could be classified as 'self-help' books because they approach the subject from a self-centered viewpoint. Self-help books usually offer the same predictable steps to finding your life's purpose: Consider your dreams. Figure out what you are good at. Clarify your values. Set some goals. Aim high. Believe you can achieve it. Be disciplined. Never give up.
Of course, these recommendations are all good and often lead to great success. You can usually succeed in reaching a goal if you put your mind to it. But being successful and fulfilling your life's purpose are not at all the same issue! You could reach all your personal goals, becoming a raving success by the world's standard, and still miss the purposes for which God created you. You need more than self-help advice. Jesus Christ once said, 'Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.'
This booklet is not about finding the right career, achieving your dreams, or planning your life. It is not about how to cram more activities into an overloaded schedule. Actually, knowing your purpose will allow you to do less in life—by focusing on what matters most. It is about becoming what God created you to be.
How, then, do you discover the purpose you were created for? You have only two options. Your first option is speculation. This is where most people are. They just guess or speculate or theorize about the purpose of life. When someone says, 'I've always thought the purpose of life is . . . ,' they're really saying, 'This is the best guess I can come up with.'
For thousands of years brilliant philosophers have discussed and speculated about the meaning of life. Philosophy is an important subject and has its uses, but when it comes to determining the purpose of life, even the wisest philosophers are just guessing.
Dr. Hugh Moorhead, a philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University, once wrote to 250 of the best-known philosophers, scientists, writers, and intellectuals in the world and asked each person 'What is the meaning of life?' He then published their responses—which were quite discouraging—in a book. Some of these famous thinkers offered their best guesses, some admitted that they just made up a purpose for life, and others were honest enough to say they were clueless. In fact, a number of these intellectuals asked Professor Moorhead to write back and tell them if he discovered the purpose of life!
Fortunately, there is a better alternative to speculation about the meaning and purpose of life. The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator to explain it. The same method works for discovering your life's purpose. You can find what God, your creator, has revealed about life in his Word, the Bible. Revelation beats speculation any day.
God has not left us in the dark to wonder and guess. He has clearly revealed his five purposes for our lives through the Bible. It is our Owner's Manual, explaining why we are alive, how life works, what to avoid, and what to expect in the future. It explains what no selfhelp or philosophy book could know. 'God's wisdom . . . goes deep into the interior of his purposes. . . . It's not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us.'
God is not just the starting point of your life; he is the source of it. To discover your purpose in life you must turn to God's Word, not the world's best guesses. You must build your life on unchanging, eternal truths, not the everchanging opinions of talk shows, pop psychology fads, or success-motivation seminars. The Bible says, 'It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.' This verse gives us three insights into your purpose.
First, you discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you don't have such a relationship, I'll explain later how you can begin one.
Second, God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about him. His purpose for your life predates your conception. He planned it before you existed, without your input! You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don't get to choose your purpose.
Third, the purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity. That's what this booklet is about.
Andrei Bitov, a Russian novelist, grew up under a government that denied the existence of God. But God got his attention one dreary day. He recalls, 'In my twenty-seventh year, while riding the metro in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) I was overcome with a despair so great that life seemed to stop at once, preempting the future entirely, let alone any meaning. Suddenly, all by itself, a phrase appeared: Without God life makes no sense. Repeating it in astonishment, I rode the phrase up like a moving staircase, got out of the metro and walked into God's light.'7
You may have felt in the dark about your purpose in life. Congratulations, you're about to walk into the light. Just keep reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    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 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.

    40 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Excellent message for everyone!

    Rick Warren's, 'A Purpose Driven Life,' will certainly make you ponder and reflect on the life you're leading. From the very beginning of the book, I found myself drawn into his beliefs. People often question, 'What in the world are we on this Earth for?' or 'What is our purpose?' 'Does life make sense?' Of course, no one alive knows the true answer. It is in our own belief system. Some criticize his views. However, he has a right to his own belief system. I found myself connecting with him from page one. Having gone through medical adversities in life within my family, I understand what he is trying to convey to the reader. When bad things happen to people they ask the question, 'WHY ME, WHY NOW? However, WHY NOT ME? My belief system is that God does have a master plan that we will never understand. Many people do believe that we are here for a purpose and everything happens for a reason. I've had that experience many times in my life. The right person will enter my life to help me or a family member through a difficult adversity. Or a book will show up on the store bookshelf that will suggest the perfect solution to my problem. I believe that certain things 'good and bad' happen for a reason. Otherwise, this unpredictable world wouldn't make sense. Since I have experienced adversity 'as we all have', and have found some joy out of the difficult situations in life, I agree with Rick Warren about God's plan for us. It gives me solace and peace knowing that God does have a plan for our lives. People think they can escape adversity. But no where in the Bible does it say that life will be all sunshine. There will surely be rainy days. It reinforced my own belief system and I highly recommend this book just to wake people up to let them know that life has meaning. We are here for a purpose. Let us not forget what our purpose is in this life.If we all acted with more compassion and acceptance, our world would be a much better place to live in. Nancy A. Draper Author of 'A Burden of Silence: My Mother's Battle with AIDS'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    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 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.

    20 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Roadmap for a Purpose Driven Life

    I read A Purpose Driven Life by Rev. Rick Warren two years ago. I came away frustrated because after nine months of struggling with the forty day program, I still didn't feel I had a purpose in life. The fault didn't lie in Rev. Warren's book; it was in my thought process.I thought the book was all about finding the perfect job. I hoped God would speak when I opened the book (like one of those musical Hallmark cards) and that He would name my perfect career. Not so. Practically speaking, career assesment tests do a much better job. God kept pretty quiet as to whether I would make a better secretary or bellhop.What I did find after reading The Purpose Driven Life was a deeper relationship with God. This relationship opened the door to understanding (eventually) what my life purpose is. I finally realized that my life's purpose is unique to me. It's not a job, per se, but a calling to do God's will.When I discerned my purpose, mission, calling - I realized that as long as I centered my work in God's will then it didn't matter if I was a cabdriver, a barista at Starbucks, a grade school librarian, or a life coach. I can (and should) serve God in my unique way at work, at home, no matter where I am.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    The Best Book You'll Never Want To Put Down

    This book was given to my husband by his mother as a Christmas gift. For the longest time it just sat on our book case collecting dust until I got curious and flipped open the first page. The author outines a 40 day inspirational quest to finding the readers God given Purpose on earth. Every section includes thought provoking questions and motivational and inspirational biblical verses. It really doesn't matter what off shoot of Christianity the reader ascribes to it is truly for every Christian. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a new believer in God and more so for the those who are looking for a deeper more fulfilling way to serve God. Don't wonder, Don't waiver, Don't wait get this book its really great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    THIS BOOK DEMEANS GOD AND EXALTS MAN

    2 Timothy 4:3-5 says, 'For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.' This book is humanistic Christian self-help at its craftiest. It draws our focus away from the essentials of salvation such as the Absolute Holiness of God, the total depravity of man, and Faith Alone by Grace Alone in Christ Alone as the true means of God's intentions for the chosen. I would strongly encourage anyone considering this book to Google and read the following article: 'The Adulation of Man in The Purpose Driven Life' by Richard Bennett. My prayers for all who are seeking God and desiring to return to the purity, simplicity and power of the Saving Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    15 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    Don't bother

    Have we wandered so far from the truth that we are blinded by watered-down and incorrect teaching? We must not be longing 'for the pure milk of the Word' (I Peter 2:2) or else we would be more concerned with the teaching of God's Word (the Bible) than the works of a money-driven pastor. The principles taught in this book are overly simplistic. Warren does not use scholarly or even well-known and respected translations of the Bible. He often takes verses out of context to prove his point. Warren opens the book by stating, 'It's not about you,' however he uses the word 'you' and 'your' over 12 times in the first paragraph and the word 'God' once. This is a common element throughout the book. For a book that is supposedly Christ-centered, it sure comes aross as all about ME. If you are looking for your purpose on earth, start with the Bible. People have been reading it for thousands of years, and I'm sure they were able to figure out their purpose by reading God's Word, rather than reading Warren's newest best-seller. Just a warning: if you are looking for sugar-coated truths or are afraid of acknowledging you are a sinner, then stick with PDL. It will make you feel good, without convicting you. But if you ask me, we all could use a little more conviction in our lives.

    13 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2004

    This Book's Purpose is to MAKE MONEY

    As a long-time member (now former member) of Saddleback, this book is nothing but another attempt to make money off of God's real Word. Rick Warren intentionally twists and distorts God's Word by using an endless number of Bible 'versions' to fit them to what Warren wants to say and not what God really said. In many cases, these quotes are taken entirely out of context. I left Saddleback Church because of the constant bombardment of commercials for this book. Every week Rick Warren announces the latest sales statistics. Want to know how Warren helped promoted this book - he gave away tens of thousands of these FREE. Great way to push a book to the top of the 'sales' charts. Just take a look at the huge number of 'Purpose-Driven Life' spin-offs. This is not about God, it's about making money. If you really want something with supstance, read the Bible, and not this drivel.

    12 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Disappointed

    I found The Purpose Driven Life to be patronizing, redundant and simple-minded. The few good points it held, were obscured by the condescending and boring writing style of its author.

    10 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    What on Earth

    I am a Christian who enjoys reading books like the Chicken Soup series. However, this book is not like those at all. Each chapter starts off with a quote from the Bible which is then twisted and analyzed. Warren writes as if he is writing through divine inspiration and his word is fact. While he does give some good advice, in most of the passages the meaning is either overt in what he is 'explaining,' or purely opinion with no real support other than other Bible passages quoted out of context. Also, he constantly mentions that he founded Saddleback church which becomes annoyingly vain as he talks about the importance of being humble. Ultimately, the question the book asks is never even answered. Read the Bible instead of readings quotes from it that are explained poorly.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    The Purpose Driven Life

    Geared for the Christian who wants to live a life for God as well as the person who is seeking direction and guidance in life. Well-written, inspiring, God-glorifying book that is Christ-centered. No wonder it has been a best-seller. Stellar.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Life's most thought provoking question simply answered here albeit with some flaws.

    The premise of this book is a simple one: a 40 day journey of exploration and inner contemplation as to how to life one's life led by author Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Valley Church. The book is written in simple language that almost anybody can understand, and as a result, the pages turn at an alarming rate. However, despite the short read, the book does make clever use of Christian doctrine combined with strategic implementation with Bible passages to provide moral guidelines to the Christian life. Warren's five main points of loving God, loving others, evangelization, fellowship, and discipleship are umbrellaed under the notion that we were all created to serve God, and therefore, all have a purpose. Despite the power and simplicity of the book, it does have some flaws. Warren makes numerous assertions without backing them up entirely and as a result, it sounds like something one would hear in a Sunday School class. Most Christians know that everyone has a purpose in life, but what is the purpose of the homeless man on the street? What is the purpose of the child born with a genetic disorder that will die within a month? There is a duality to the simplicity of this book in that it makes it easier to understand while sacrificing deeper insight. As a whole, I thought this book was extremely beneficial to me. I am a firm believer of the statement that 'everything happens for a reason,' including me reading this book. I am currently graduating high school and was assigned this book as a Religion class book project, but I as I read the book, I saw it not as an assignment, but as a guide on how to interpret my future and how to plan it. As a result this book was a great read for me in this critical time of transition from high school to college. I would recommend this book to anybody with the precaution that it is not inherently perfect, there are flaws to Warren's charismatic style. Overall: 4 Stars

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    To Serve is to Live...Yes

    Well done...not rare, nor medium rare, but a little over cooked. A good read would be M Scott Peck's books like, "The Roads Less Traveled and Beyond" or even more, "The Missing Message" by G Michael Price
    It should be about the endeavor to "Think".
    And understanding the way to stay part of our Maker's ongoing creation.
    It seems purpose would follow such endeavors..in that order...lets get to the point, because time is short.
    I give The Purpose Driven Life 3 stars.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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 November 29, 2005

    Man's v. God's Wisdom

    It's appalling that so many 'Christian' people would be so readily deceived by this book. How many scripture references does Mr. Warren have to misuse before people wake up to his ways? If he will not faithfully use God's word, whose purposes is he actually serving? (See Genesis 3:1-12)

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    'Purpose-Driven'??

    Any author who uses the term 'purpose-driven' (thank you, corporate America, for the many forms of '-driven'!) in a book title doesn't deserve to be read by the seriously spiritually minded folks out there.

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    Thin Souls with Narrow Minds

    The sad state of Christian culture in the United States finds expression in this relentless dumbing down of Christian experience. Is the author of this mess of verbiage ashamed of scandal of the cross? Has he studied theology and biblical languages? What wretched people buy such drivel? Please, do not waste your money, time, and soul. Read Paul Tillich¿s The Courage to Be or Reinhold Niebuhr¿s Moral Man and Immoral Society.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    The Purpose Driven Life Expanded Edition by Rick Warren

    I had read the original version of this book and loved it,as well as The Purpose Driven Church,but I must say I really enjoyed the new expanded version better.Perhaps one of the most popular if not the most popular christian books ever published the writer breaks it down for you and shows you that there is a reason you are here,a reason you were created and how to seek out and find what you are here for.This new version has some cool things like bar-codes that can be scanned by smart phones and it will play videos from Pastor Warren about the chapter you just read plus links to go to on the internet to learn even more .I would recommend this fine piece of writing to anyone who needs to find a purpose .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Awesome! ( READ THIS)

    Say Amen if you love the LORD your father ! :)





    Told u 2 read me! ;)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Inspiring. Know where my life is going.

    Very easy 40 day read. Teaches you what you are here for in this life and the beauty of everlasting life when you pass. Stressed??? Read this!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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