What on Earth Am I Here For? Purpose Driven Life [NOOK Book]

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An evangelistic booklet based on the first three chapters of The Purpose DrivenĀ® Life.
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Overview

An evangelistic booklet based on the first three chapters of The Purpose DrivenĀ® Life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310794776
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 11,795
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rick Warren

Rick Warren es pastor, estratega global, teologo y filantropo. Los medios le llaman 'El lider espiritual mas influyente de America' y 'El pastor de America'. el y su esposa, Kay, fundaron la Iglesia Saddleback en California, una propiedad de 120 acres con mas de 300 ministerios comunitarios de ayuda a prisioneros, adictos y padres solteros, entre otros. Como estratega global, el Dr. Warren asesora a lideres en sectores publicos, privados y religiosos en temas de pobreza, salud, educacion, la fe en la cultura y desarrollo de liderazgo. Es invitado a dictar conferencias en congresos y agencias estatales como las Naciones Unidas y es catedratico en diferentes universidades. El Dr. Warren es autor de varios libros, incluyendo el exito de ventas Vida con Proposito.

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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 February 15, 2012

    Purpose Driven Life

    It is NOT the complete book.
    I'm not happy.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Great additional read.

    Was looking for something to add to my morning meditation. What a great find in this book. Easy to read and follow with questions that make you look inward for insight. Thought provoking. Made me also look into the daily aspirations book that accompanies this. Will re read again and will share and or lend.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    This nook version only contains the first 7 of 42 days of readin

    This nook version only contains the first 7 of 42 days of readings. I think the description should have reflected this more clearly.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

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    I thought I was getting the whole book. I feel like I was ripped off. Very dissapointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Good read

    Be ready to face your life in an atmosphere love and acceptance

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    If your ready to find meaning in your life, this book if for you.
    It will answer most of your questions and give thought of your life. I really like the video with each chapter. I have the hard copy as well and don't see anything different between the two with the exception of touching the link for the video on my Nook.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Not What I expected?

    It was not the complete book just like a small review. I was disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    You will want to read this.

    I think everyone would benefit from this book.

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    Posted January 23, 2012

    Why is this in the education section....

    I mean for real...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THIS ONE!!!

    For anyone questioning a purpose for their life, this is the book for

    you!

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    Posted April 17, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Don't Buy This!!!

    I thought I was getting a good deal. However, this is just a small piece based on the real book.

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    Posted April 1, 2013

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    Omg this book is great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Thornheart

    *he purrs.* You might want to freshen up a little first. Go to the last result on our territory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Beautiful!

    A truly life changing book for everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Im diffrent

    This is a great book for me. Its age appropite and my opionion its a good fit book for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Disappointed

    I was really dis appointed in this purchase i assumed i was buying the small phamplet but i only received only the first 6 samplepages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

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    Ok guys first of if you were even smart of enough to read the discription it say a BOOKLET( meaning a short;small book), also just be glad it was free. :/

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    Very interesting !

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