I've read it by myself, but it's great to have accountability partners while you are reading the book, so you can constantly check on you and remind you to keep reading the book daily on your 40-day journey, in case you get lazy or you forgot to read it. That works for me :)
I read it by myself first time, then I lead the womens group at my church , through this book. I will go back time and again to refresh
I read it by myself, and I usually read more than one chapter in a day, so I finished much quicker than 40 days. Though I enjoyed the book, I didn't find it particularly challenging (spritiually or intellectually), so I didn't really feel the need for an accountability partner or anything like that. However, I've read other things (most notably, the Old Testament) with other people and have found it very helpful to have someone to discuss things with as I go and to hold me accountable.
I read it by myself. Great book. Really helps you to better understand you and the world around you.
Interesting you said the Old Testament. I have been reading Genesis this month and studing the life of Abraham. I have read it before but I am getting a fresh understanding once again!
I read it with a group at church, but didn't quite keep up. I don't think I finished the very end either. Parts of it were good and parts of it just didn't speak to me. I gues it depends on what you need, when you need it.
With a group of 3 other people. It was great to be able to discuss some of the topics that were brought up. I would definately recommend reading it with a small group of people.
I actually read this with my whole church! Our pastor would delve further into the scriptures and meanings. It was a very good experience.
Our church read and studied the book in small groups. We also shared the reading with our teenagers. There was much growth and changes that happened to all. I hope you get a copy and read it . It's more fun with someone to share it and discuss the thoughts it inspires.
I read it in a home Bible study type setting. It is nice to share with others. Our Pastor's sermons went along with the chapters in the book and then we would meet evenings to read and discuss them.
I'm currently reading it by myself. Got it from my mom and she read it by herself as well.
I read it first by myself and then with a couple of girls at work.
I enjoyed it very much both times.
I read it with a small group through church. I kept my own copy so I read it on my own as well. I still have the book and use it to reflect back on.
I read it by myself at first, and later with my then-boyfriend. I really enjoyed it both times. Really made me take a hard look at myself and the way I live my life.
i read it by myself but discussed it with others who had already read it informally several times
I read it with a small group from church. Like someone else said, parts were not very challenging, but other parts really made you think. It led to some great discussion.
I read this book by myself. Most of my friends had already read it so I discussed many of the chapters with them. Almost daily I quote the first sentence to my teenager.
I've read it twice; once by myself and again as part of a church group. This book has its detractors, and some of these criticisms are valid, but reading it helped me to become more disciplined and motivated in my Christian walk.
I read this book with my entire church. It was neat. I had a small group of friends who would meet and discuss it. It is very interesting. It really makes you think about things. It is not a book that is going to tell you what you should be doing as far as a career but will help you realize that God put you here for a reason and things are not always about what you want or just you in general.....your life is about the bigger picture for God's plan.
Did you read it by yourself or with someone?
I've heard great things about it but i've yet to read it.
This is a great book. If you have questions as to why you are here and what God holds in store for you if you follow his word, this is the book to read.
this book is different from others. you really want to keep turning the pages but its a one chapter a day reading. It makes you think really deep to find that person inside you that wants to come out and share with others the ephinany you discovered.
A life changing Book
A life changing Book
I just discovered my purpose...What about you? the book is your story...Am inviting all to read the book.
Not yet. I find myself rereading or skimming the book sometimes
this book is a treasure.. if you read this, i'm sure you will love it and will change the way you think, love and live.. and somehow won't keep it to yourself.. you'll share it with your family, friends, workmates or simply just the person next to you.. God Bless to all..
This book is good for building a personal relaationship with God.
I'm on my day six of reading this inspiring book and beginning to love it...
I recommend this book to everyone.
nice buk.. i've learned a lot from it.. a must-read one..
nice buk.. i've learned a lot from it.. a must-read one..
our ministry use this book as reference for our spiritual living. its a 6 weeks sessions and 40 days study. i've almost finished reading it by my own. now am starting it again with a guide from a leader of a church together with some members. its great coz most of our lives questions can be answer by this book.like what the author said that this book will transform your life the next 40days.....
We are who we are for a reason...
i have not read it in Korean!! I'd like to put the English translation on my shelf.
The Purpose Driven Life is a very enriching book and gives one a fresh perspective of life and how God centered it should be. A must read for all.
A Life-saving book. tells u the real purpose of life.....i'm telling u, u'll find u'r real world!!!
For those of you who have read this book what made you really think WOW! about this author and book?
The book has changed everything about my reasoning,it has helped me alot,i recommend this one book for everybody,it will help make living in this world alot easier
We would love for you to join us in discussing "The Purpose Driven Life" on the group Christian Beliefs.
I feel this is a very good book to read.If you are going through somethings in your life and at a down point. This book will change your way of thinking"
is a book i am recommending for every one.so great
is a book i am recommending for every one.so great
as a recover'n alky thus book is the most powerfull of books i maintain and i read a open'n chapter everyday b4 i start work,it gives me a woderfull insite to my new day that i stay sober.......,get thus book and pass it on to as many people as you can.................
I read this book so far and lost interest. Though he has some good points if you use the King James bible the quotes used take on a far deeper meaning. Would have been better if he did this rather than quotes from various sources.
Decided it wasn't for me as he played a lot on original sin, and I found him quite degrading of women. Maybe someone I know will have better luck. So went back to my Wayne Dyer book and felt it suited me far batter, yet still covered the same ground as Rick Warren.
Great book, one that will change your life, give you purpose and direction.
I shared this book to a friend one time and his question caught me off track. He said, "how can he (Rick Warren) knows what God wants? how can he so simply and with full confidence tell us our purpose? who is he to tell us this?"
I did this book while in sunday school and it was interesting but that is as far as it goes. U are right about the fact that he is trying to tell us what our purpose is. we have to find that out oourselves and he cannot do it for us. the dvd's that go with this book are bettrer than the book but we still come back to the same thing that he is trying to tell us what to do.
I agree that he is degrading to women. I got a book from my sister last year that "Why not women?" I can't think of the author off hand, but it is very good and every one women should read it and some of my fellow men should read it too. women have always been second class citizens ever since I can remember and that is not how I see it should be.
I read the book but saw several places where Scripture is misused. It seems to want us to center on ourselves and doesn't focus very much on New Testament salvation or Christ. Warren is one of the people who is focusing on all religions coming together. While that sounds good I think it's wrong.
dtbrents - I couldn't but help but notice your comment about this book. I specifically remember one of the first points Rick Warren made was that our relationship with God is NOT about us, but only about God instead. In fact, I remember that being the one thing I took away from reading this book the most. Where specifically did I miss Warren's pointing to a people-centered faith as you have implied?
My perspective of A Purpose Driven Life was quite different. I did not think he was telling me my purpose. Your friend was correct. How could he? What gives him that authority? I, however, used it as a tool to help ME define my own purpose; as a guide to help me seek out, from MY Creator, my own purpose. Being one to try to look at the good and the positive in situation, I can usually find good. During the days where I was more of a pesimist, I usually found something negative and made it my focus. Thank God for a new me!
Have you come across thinking what is your real purpose in life? You may answer it quickly, but is it really your purpose? have you tried digging deeper? Much deeper?
See my book comment.
I have read the book several times and would like to reccomend it to anyone who wants to grow!
It's just so weird how some people have negative comments on this book. This book is actually great! It shows us the basics of Christianity. Rick isn't speaking for himself. Every point he made in the book was based on scripture, and he surely did not do it out of context. To contradict such would also mean to question the scripture. Well, I think it's just pride and a defense mechanism for some people who can't accept truth. Rick writing and sharing this book certainly brought people to rethink about life, and that it is all about His story.
Actually, I used to be a big fan of Rick Warren. I'm not anymore. And yes, I'm still a Christian who fervently embraces the scripture as the authoritative, inerrant Word of God. What changed? It's called doctrine... And Warren's doctrine is empty, unfortunately. My conviction is that the fulfilled Christian life is focused on what Christ did (and continues to do) for us. Warren (like many of his contemporaries) focus considerably WAY TOO MUCH on what *we do* (or are supposed to do). The problem is, we cannot (ever!) do it to God's standards, which is perfection. Does Warren direct us to forgiveness Christ offers each and every day? Sadly, no. This is what those of us who are "confessional" Christians refer to as "mixing Law and Gospel". It is a flawed doctrine of "giving God glory" in all you do. Good intentions? You bet! Does it work? No. Not if you're completely honest with yourself. Compared to God's standard of perfection, what do our best efforts amount to? Filthy rags!!
So do I question the absolute authority of Scripture? Absolutely not. I do not question Warren's sincerity and good motives, but his doctrine is flat out wrong.
I know...I spent 20+ years in evangelicalism. Doctrinally, I found it to be a dead end road. (Not to hell, mind you...just endless frustration.)
I have to say I didn't think much of this book. If you read it quickly and don't pay a lot of attention to the verses, it's okay. For the most part, though, it takes many, many Scriptures out of context and quotes them in translations that make them say what they don't say in the original text. It's unfortunate, because I think the concept is good.
I do think it's fitting that the group "Christian Fiction" has it on their shelf. : )
I started this books not to long ago and its already completely life changing, it alters the way you view yourself and other things. It makes you think, and it made me realize all that I take for granted. Whether you have a realtionship with God or not this book is a great starting point, or in my case something to make your relationship grow even stronger. I believe this book will "set you in the right direction." I would recommend it to everyone!
i love this book alot... i've learned alot from it, i really love this book... i want to thank God for using Rick Warren To wrote this book.... Living for God's glory is the grestest achievement we can accomplish w/ our lives... Praise God!!!!
that's right!!! praise God!!!
I did enjoy this book a lot, it teaches us that our real purpose in life is to please God. The only negative I had though was the book was used a lot like a commercial for Rick Warren's other books.
i'm currently reading the book for me it's a very good book i will recommend it to anyone who wants to grow spiritually.some of the charpters when i'm reading it's like wow .
I love this book :) I owned this [3 It gives me more inspirations to live life to the fullest! I would recommend this book to any ages.!