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The purpose driven life [what on earth am I here for?]
Warren, Richard, 1954-
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, [2002]

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8 audio discs (9 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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A Groundbreaking Manifesto on the Meaning of Life. The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you---both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity. This recording offers a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century---a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. Full of hope and challenge, The Purpose Driven Life will be a classic treasured by generations to come.

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Evangelical pastor Richard Duane "Rick" Warren was born in San Jose, California on January 28, 1954. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

He worked at the Texas Ranch for Christ before founding the megachurch Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California in 1980. He has written or co-written several books including The Purpose Driven Church, The Purpose Driven Life, and The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life. He has lectured as a theologian at many universities and seminaries and was chosen in 2008 by President-elect Obama to give the invocation at his inauguration ceremony.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



It All Starts with GodFor 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 lifeâ€TMs purpose is meaningless.Bertrand Russell, atheistItâ€TMs not about you.The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. Itâ€TMs 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. Thatâ€TMs because we typically begin at the wrong starting pointâ€"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 lifeâ€TMs purpose. The Bible says, “It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyoneâ€TMs life is in his power.” Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell you, you wonâ€TMt discover your lifeâ€TMs meaning by looking within yourself. Youâ€TMve probably tried that already. You didnâ€TMt 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 wouldnâ€TMt know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldnâ€TMt be able to tell you either. Only the creator or the ownerâ€TMs 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 canâ€TMt get there from here. You must start from the other side of the mountain!” In the same way, you cannot arrive at your lifeâ€TMs 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 Godâ€"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 lifeâ€TMs 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 lifeâ€TMs purpose are not at all the same issue! You could reach all your personal goals, becoming a raving success by the worldâ€TMs 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. Selfsacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.” 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 lifeâ€"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, “Iâ€TMve 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. Itâ€TMs 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 lifeâ€TMs 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 Ownerâ€TMs 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, “Godâ€TMs wisdom . . . goes deep into the interior of his purposes. . . . Itâ€TMs not the latest message, but more like the oldestâ€"what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us.” Excerpted from The Purpose Driven Life - For Commuters: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

A Journey with Purposep. 9
My Covenantp. 13
What on Earth am I here for?
Day 1 It All Starts with Godp. 17
Day 2 You Are Not an Accidentp. 22
Day 3 What Drives Your Life?p. 27
Day 4 Made to Last Foreverp. 36
Day 5 Seeing Life from God 's Viewp. 41
Day 6 Life Is a Temporary Assignmentp. 47
Day 7 The Reason for Everythingp. 53
Purpose #1:You Were Planned for God 's Pleasure
Day 8 Planned for God 's Pleasurep. 63
Day 9 What Makes God Smile?p. 69
Day 10 The Heart of Worshipp. 77
Day 11 Becoming Best Friends with Godp. 85
Day 12 Developing Your Friendship with Godp. 92
Day 13 Worship That Pleases Godp. 100
Day 14 When God Seems Distantp. 107
Purpose #2:You Were Formed for God 's Family
Day 15 Formed for God 's Familyp. 117
Day 16 What Matters Mostp. 123
Day 17 A Place to Belongp. 130