I love this book – The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. About 14 years ago, a friend lent me his copy and said, “I think you’ll like this book.” The copy he gave me came with a journal. Not being the journaling type, he said I could keep the journal, but he wanted his book back when I was done. So I read the book, worked through the journal, and I did, indeed, like it. I liked it very much.
The reasons I like this book are myriad. However, most of what I love about this book can be expressed in just one word: simple. Its simple, easy-to-understand theology does not take a Doctorate of Divinity to understand. Just the word “theology” conjures up all sorts of connotations, some of which may be negative. A simple definition of theology is a study of God and God’s relation to the world. Sometimes theology is expressed by theologians in words and thoughts that are difficult for everyday people to understand. But in The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren presents the teachings of the Bible and ideas about God in ways that everyone can understand. He simplifies the message of the Bible without sacrificing the truth found there.
The Purpose Driven Life is a wonderful book for people new to the Christian faith as well as people who are seeking meaning and purpose in their lives. It is written in simple, down to earth language and explains basic doctrines of the Bible in a way that anyone can understand. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever asked the question, “What on earth am I here for?” I also recommend it to those who may not struggle with this question but who are interested in helping others find a meaningful answer to it.
I have given this book to people searching for meaning in life. I have given it to new Christians. I have given it to people are grieving the loss of a family member. My mom gives it to inmates she meets in her jail ministry. I give this book away so much that I am constantly on the lookout for copies in thrift shops and used book stores.
I have heard much criticism of Pastor Warren over the years, and to be honest, I don’t know how much traction those criticisms actually have. All I can tell you is that this book, Pastor Warren’s first I think, is biblical and has been an extremely valuable spiritual tool for me. I encourage you to read it and see if it is a tool that you could keep in your spiritual toolbox to share with someone when the opportunity arises. It is certainly worth a read to see.
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