In The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren discussed the importance of living a life that brings glory to God. We have to focus on God’s purposes for our life not our own. This book is a journey of 42 days to lead readers to reach their God given purpose for their lives. This book is a new edition for a new generation and it has been ten years since the first edition was released. The book contains new QR Codes for readers to scan with their smart phones. They can watch videos to assist them in their study for purpose. A critical concept that we must learn to understand is that we exist because God wanted us to be born for his purposes. No one is a mistake or an accident God loves each one of us. Rick made an interesting point about how parents love their children and they don’t have to even do anything. They enjoy them at each stage of their lives. God is the same way he loves us where we currently are. This doesn’t mean we don’t need to strive for becoming a mature Christian. It just means accepting God’s unlimited amount of love. Rick Warren goes on to explain that this is only our temporary home there is so much more awaiting for us in Heaven. The book covered the need of belonging to a local church where believers can grow to become like Christ. Many of us take the road of thinking we can be isolated and become disciples without other believers but this is a false idea.
I would recommend this magnificent book to anyone who is struggling with discovering God’s purpose for their lives. I haven’t read the first edition so this was completely new for me. Rick Warren has an excellent way of clarifying your SHAPE-Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience. The experience point was very helpful because he expressed that you must look back at what you have been through. It’s important to remember that God will use your bad experiences for your good. This brought me great comfort that nothing in my life will be wasted. I especially enjoyed the last two chapters that Rick Warren added in the new edition. One of the chapters was warning readers against becoming envy of others. This chapter opened my eyes about not being jealous about others appearances, gifts, talents, money, relationships, and children. The last two are really tough for me seeing everyone you know getting married and having children and you’re praying to be blessed in that way and still waiting. Yes, I’m only twenty-two but I still want it and dream of leading and loving my future wife and kids. This book taught me that I must celebrate what God has bought together for my family and friends. This book will guide you to figure out what His special purposes are for your life. You will be encouraged and I strongly recommend it!
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