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The Purpose Driven Life
Written by Chan Weng Seng   

The Purpose Driven Life

 

Book Title: The Purpose Driven Life

Writer: Rick Warren

Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Review of Book by: Chan Weng Seng

SUMMARY OF BOOK

This book was written to answer life’s most perplexing question human beings have asked throughout history. What on earth am I on planet earth for? Rightfully using the Bible as his main source of inspiration, Rick Warren guides the reader through a 40 day spiritual journey to answer this life’s most important question. Each day the reader is encouraged to read only one chapter and interact with its contents as he or she reflects on the implications for living. For those who intend to stick with the author on this 40 day spiritual journey, they are encouraged to sign a covenant before they begin.

The 40 answers Rick Warren provides are arranged under 6 chapters and developed under 5 purposes for living. Scrutiny of the chapter titles; the headings of each daily readings and examination of the ‘point to ponder’ and ‘verse to remember’ found at the end of each day’s reading concisely summarize what this book is all about.

CHAPTER 1: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?

Day 1 It All Starts With God: It’s not about me. (Col 1: 16b)

Day 2 You Are Not An Accident: I am not an accident. (Isa 44:2 )

Day 3 What Drives Your Life?: Living on purpose is the path to peace. (Isa 26:3 )

Day 4 Made To Last Forever: There is more to life than just here and now. (1Jn 2:17)

Day 5 Seeing Life From God’s View: Life is a test and trust. (Lk 16:10a)

Day 6 Life Is A Temporary Assignment: This world is not my home. (2 Cor 4:18 )

Day 7 The Reason For Everything: It’s all for Him. (Rom 11:36 )

CHAPTER 2: YOU WERE PLANNED FOR GOD’S PLEASURE

Day 8 Planned For God’s Pleasure: I was planned for God’s pleasure (Ps 149:4a)

Day 9 What Makes God Smile?: God smiles when I trust Him. (Ps 147:11)

Day 10 The Heart of Worship: The heart of worship is surrender (Rom 6: 13b)

Day 11 Becoming Best Friends With God: God wants to be my best friend (Ps 25:14a)

Day 12 Developing Your Friendship With God: I’m as close to God as I choose to be.

Day 13 Worship That Pleases God: God wants all of me (Mk 12:30)

Day 14 When God Seems Distant: God is real, no matter how I feel (Heb 13:5 )

 

CHAPTER 3: YOU WERE FORMED FOR GOD’S FAMILY

Day 15 Formed For God’s Family: I was formed for God’s family (Eph 1: 5a)

Day 16 What Matters Most: Life is all about love. (Gal 5:14 )

Day 17 A Place To Belong: I am called to belong, not just believe (Ro 12:5)

Day 18 Experiencing Life Together: I need others in my life (Gal 6:2 )

Day 19 Cultivating Community: Community requires commitment

Day 20 Restoring Broken Fellowship: Relationships are always worth restoring

Day 21 Protecting Your Church: It’s my responsibility to protect the unity

of my church (Rom 14:19 )

 

CHAPTER 4: YOU WERE CREATED TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST

Day 22 Created to Become Like Christ: I was created to become like Christ

Day 23 How We Grow: It is never too late to start growing (Rom 12: 2b)

Day 24 Transformed By Truth: The truth transforms me. (Jn 8:31-32 )

Day 25 Transformed By Trouble: There’s a purpose behind every problem. Rom 8:28

Day 26 Growing Through Temptation: Every temptation is an opportunity to do good

Day 27 Defeating Temptation: There is always a way out. ( 1 Cor 10: 13b)

Day 28 It Takes Time: There are no shortcuts to maturity (Phil 1:6 )


CHAPTER 5: YOU WERE SHAPED FOR SERVING GOD

Day 29 Accepting Your Assignment: Service is not optional (Eph 2:10 )

Day 30 Shaped For Serving God: I was shaped for serving God (1Cor 12:6)

Day 31 Understanding Your Shape: Nobody else can be me (1 Pet 4:10 )

Day 32 Using What God Gave You: God deserves my best (2 Tim 2:15 )

Day 33 How Real Servants Act: I serve God by serving others (Matt 10:42 )

Day 34 Thinking Like A Servant: To be a servant I must think like a servant. Phil 2:5

Day 35 God’s Power in Your Weakness: God works best when I admit my weakness

 

CHAPTER 6: YOU WERE MADE FOR A MISSION

Day 36 Made For A Mission: I was made for a mission (Matt 28:19- 20_

Day 37 Sharing Your Life Message: God wants to say something to the world

through me (1 Pet 3:15- 16a)

Day 38 Becoming A World-Class Christian: The Great Commission is my mission

Day 39 Balancing Your Life: Blessed are the balanced (Eph 5:15 )

Day 40 Living With Purpose: Living with purpose is the only way to really live.


REFLECTION ON BOOK


In his earlier book “The Purpose Driven Church’ the church was his focus. In this book, the focus is on the individual. It is a logical sequel to his earlier book. He builds on what has been written; explaining what is required to live a purpose-driven life. In both books Rick Warren emphasized the same 5 purposes centering on worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and mission.

This book answered many of the questions I had asked when I was reading his earlier book. Compelling and life-transforming; this book is a priceless gift to be shared with others. The author excels in explaining profound truths in simple ways. I personally have benefited much from reading this book. It has compelled me to seek God so as to be able to write my personal life mission statement. I thank the Board of Ministry for recommending this book for local preachers.

 

 

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