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Download Book Ò The Purpose Driven Life What on Earth am I Here For ↠ Â Rick warren ã A #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God's amazing plan for you both here and now and for eternity Rick Warren will gVie stars and political leaders aren't the only ones turning to Rick Warren for spiritual guidance Millions of people from NBA and LPGA players to corporate executives to high school students to prison inmates meet regularly to discuss The Purpose Driven Lif This book teaches its reader God's five purposes for his or her life on earth He makes you a member of His family a model of His character a magnifier of His glory a minister of His grace and a messenger of His Good News to others Among those five purposes at this stage in my life the only engaging read for me was the first one There was nothing new about it really as I basically studied at several Catholic universities during my younger years However there were some bible passages and pointers that Warren reminded me of and the book had the usual positive impact to me so I still liked it It's just that pages after pages of it sounded like some of the religion teachers that I had in the past Maybe when I am in the twilight years I will read this book again and its the impact will be greater than it has on me nowThere are also many uotable uotes that were able to inspire me there past few weeks The book is designed to be read one chapter a day for the reader to digest and ponder the point that the chapter wants to convey I recently had a couple of misunderstandings with someone close to me and this book became my companion in threshing out what could be done to fix things Warren actually helped me in seeing things at that someone's points of view so saying sorry forgetting and granting forgiveness were not really that difficultWe have three copies of this book at home The first was a Christmas gift from an office mate The second was a retirement gift to my wife by another office mate The third was the book my daughter bought for herself I am not sure which one I read but since this book was first published in 2002 it has sold 25 million copies worldwide I was in a bookstore last week and the latest copy proudly bears 30 million mark Why did I not read this right away say when we received the first copy of the book at home? I dunno Just browsing the book gave me then an impression that it was saccharine sweet and was unrealistically all positive that means falsely deceptiveThat impression is not true The book is realistic and Warren presents the challenges that every Christian should work for From the first declaration of this is not about you to living with purpose is the only way to really live the book is peppered with heartfelt applications of bible passages as Warren presents the five purposes that I mentioned above My eyes did not get blurred not my heart pounded with sadness or inspiration but I felt that my spirit flew and soured while reading some of its pages A dear friend mentioned that the youngest child of Warren committed suicide this year April 5 2013 after struggling with mental illness that caused severe depression In my life I've seen several similar cases like this a successful parent losing a child possibly because the celebrity parent got too focused with fame and in the process neglected his o her own family But I do not know Warren's complete story so I'd rather keep my comments to myselfAt some point in your life you should read this book

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Nsform your answer to life's most important uestion 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 important prepare you for eternity Mo God made you so he could love you p 24 Warren tells us and the purpose that drives our lives should be loving God in return Worship is as natural as eating or breathing If we fail to worship God we always find a substitute even if it ends up being ourselves The reason God made us with this desire is that he desires worshipers p 64This worldview uickly becomes incoherent Consider these two statements made side by side You are free to choose what you surrender to but you are not free from the conseuences of that choice E Stanley Jones said 'If you don't surrender to Christ you surrender to chaos' p 82 The first sentence is a scientific worldview Actions have conseuences that should at least in principle be predictable The second sentence says that our actions have conseuences that are chaotic meaning unpredictable Being bound to conseuences and surrendering to chaos are two uite different things unless one has some uantum physics approach that reconciles themIn Warren's worldview people are pawns who unknowingly carry out a plan that is beyond their comprehension Most amazing God decided how you would be bornThey your parents had the DNA God wanted to make youMany children are unplanned by their parents but they are not unplanned by God God's purpose took into account human error and even sin p 23 Such an absolutist stance against free will is difficult to maintain For example if God creates everything about us then God must have created heterosexual attraction as he assumes here You can be attracted or even aroused without choosing to sin by lusting Many people especially Christian men feel guilty that their God given hormones are working When they automatically notice an attractive woman they assume it is lust and feel ashamed and condemned But attraction is not lust until you begin to dwell on it p 205 Warren does not comment on the uestion of whether God created homosexual attraction which would also logically follow if God creates everything Warren says Of course sincerity alone is not enough in worship; you can be sincerely wrong p 102 However he shows no recognition of his own fallibility nor even that a single sentence he has written in this book might be wrong Assuming Biblical inerrancy he advises Determine to first ask 'What does the Bible say?' when making decisions Resolve that when God says to do something you will trust God's Word and do it whether or not it makes sense or you feel like doing it p 187 But this is unacceptable behavior for anyone even a Jew Christian or Muslim who does not believe that the Bible and human interpretation of it is infallible If someone is willing to do things that do not make sense even to himself and he refuses to analyze them it is unclear how he is supposed to avoid being sincerely wrong He occasionally uses weird violent metaphors for faith You must move against it fear with the weapons of faith and love p 29 If you don't have any Bible verses memorized you've got no bullets in your gun p 215 Lane Adams once compared the process of spiritual growth to the strategy the Allies used in World War II to liberate islands in the South PacificOur pre conversion experience is Jesus saying 'Behold I stand at the door and bomb' p 218 I guess this answers the popular rhetorical witticism Who would Jesus bomb?To be fair he did not intend this book as philosophy The first half of the book assumes belief in God in the immortality of the soul and in the Christian version of the Bible The second half of the book goads committed Christians to join churches to strengthen their faith Readers who want this material will get what they paid for But skeptics and outsiders will not be persuaded of anything

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The Purpose Driven Life What on Earth am I Here For A #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God's amazing plan for you both here and now and for eternity Rick Warren will guide you through a personal forty day spiritual journey that will tra At its best this book is filled with porous theology that is modestly helpful to someone who has no knowledge of Christianity whatsoever At its worst Warren mangles scripture to fit his own agenda 40 days to find purpose in your life and promotes personal experience over the truth found in scriptureThis book is symptomatic of feel good consumerized Christianity so prevalent in America today Finding your purpose in life takes far longer than 40 days and it cannot be easily summarized besides the obvious to love and worship God The Purpose Driven Life offers nothing new and while not uite heretical it is very unsound and I cannot recommend this book to anyone The fact that Warren makes references to the other Purpose Driven branded items in his book that one can purchase pretty much sums it upI was given a free copy of this book by a friend at my church a few years ago I finished reading the book simply to say that I had read it in its entirety If you want good thoughtful Christian writers check out Links for the lazyJI Packer Knowing GodAugustine of Hippo Confessions translated by FJ Sheed City of GodCS Lewis Mere Christianity The Screwtape Letters The Problem of PainGK Chesterson Orthodoxy The Everlasting ManJohn PiperRavi ZachariasAW PinkAW Tozer no relations hahaI spent way too much time on this Hope it helps