The Purpose-driven Life

The Purpose-driven Life

What on Earth Am I Here For?

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Baker & Taylor
Offers spiritual fulfillment through an understanding of God's plan for a meaningful life.

Zondervan House
Another Landmark Book by Rick Warren.You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever!Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.This book 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.The Purpose Driven Life is 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. This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come.
The #1 international bestseller! This 40-day spiritual journey will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you both now and for eternity. Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award and Christian Book of the Year Award.'Excellent for Homeschool Use'

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The author of The Purpose-Driven Church explains that readers can best identify a life's purpose by understanding God's intentions, describing God's five purposes for everybody and how to fulfill them.

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2002
ISBN: 9780310205715
0310205719
9780310276999
0310276993
Branch Call Number: 248.4 W
Characteristics: 334 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm

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tj_is_cool
Jun 21, 2016

Very well written book. Key quotes from the book:
- You were put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.
- This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever. 1 John 2:17
- Character is both developed and revealed by tests and all of life is a test.
- Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship.
- This is the secret to a lifestyle of worship - doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus.
- What God wants most from you is a relationship.
- Trusting God completely means having faith that he knows what is best for your life.
- God does not owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do.
- There are 3 barriers that block our total surrender to God: fear, pride and confusion.
- Surrender is not the best way to live, it is the only way to live. Nothing else works.
- Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life experiences with Him.
- He wants to be included in every activity, every conversation, every problem and even every thought.
- Praying without ceasing.
- You can't love God unless you know Him, and you can't know Him without knowing His word.
-Prayer lets you speak to God; meditation lets God speak to you.
- What you think about God's word over and over in your mind, that's meditation.
- Until we are mature enough to understand that God uses everything for good in our lives, we harbor resentment towards God over our appearance, background, unanswered prayers and past hurts.
- Bitterness is the greatest barrier to friendship with God.
- Your problems are not punishment; they are wake-up calls from a loving God.
- Tell God exactly how you feel. Pour out your heart to God. Unload every emotion that you are feeling.
- Did you know that admitting your hopelessness to God can be a statement of faith?
- For God has said: "I will never leave you, I will never abandon you" Heb 13:5
- The essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others but how much we give of ourselves.
- The greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
- We need more than the bible in order to grow, we need other believers.
- If someone hurts your repeatedly, you are commanded by God to forgive them instantly but you are not expected to trust them immediately and you are not expected to continue allowing them to hurt you.
- Real fellowship whether in a marriage, a friendship, or your church depends on frankness.
- Frankness is not a license to say anything you want, wherever and whenever you want.
- Always take the initiative. It does not matter whether you are the offender or the offended: God expects you to make the first move.
- People who gossip to you will also gossip about you. They cannot be trusted.
- Word provides the truth we need to grow, God's people provide the support we need to grow, and circumstances provide the environment we need to practice Christ likeness.
- Anytime you feel your are not learning anything from a sermon or bible teacher, you should check your attitude, especially pride because God can speak through even the most boring teacher when your are humble and receptive.
- It is during suffering that we learn to pray our most authentic, heartfelt, honest-to- God prayers.
- Problems force us to look to God and depend on him instead of ourselves.
- God knows what is best for you and has your best interest at heart. God told Jeremiah, 'The plans for you are plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
- There is no growth without change, no change without fear or loss and no loss without pain.
- If I have no love for others, no desire to serve others, I should question whether Christ is really in my life.
- When you are doing what you love to do, no one has to motivate you.
- For God to use your painful experiences, you must be willing to share them.

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Stacie_111
May 28, 2016

I read a comment, said Inspiring, yet may not be for everyone. So Sad. Cause God is for everyone. John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only begotten Son to whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. This book helps us to understand that God made us to have a relationship with Him and the building blocks and tools to form one. God loves you and I.

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MillieBT
Feb 03, 2016

Inspiring...it may not be for everyone

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naturalist
Dec 30, 2015

The author in the news:
“The Right’s Dangerous Duo: Robert P. George & Rick Warren”
See more at: http://www.politicalresearch.org/2015/04/30/the-rights-dangerous-duo-robert-p-george-rick-warren/#sthash.nY1xNvFd.dpuf

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naturalist
Oct 09, 2015

“Theocracy: Imposing Faith into Politics in the US and Abroad” . . . December 4, 2009 from:
http://shadowproof.com/2009/12/04/theocracy-imposing-faith-into-politics-in-the-us-and-abroad/ . . .
and . . .
“Profiles on the Right: Rick Warren” from:
http://www.politicalresearch.org/profiles-on-the-right-rick-warren/#sthash.jK3Mibr0.dpbs
and . . .
Right Wing Watch Rick Warren Posts Archive:
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/rick-warren . . .
and . . .
famously entry #403 in the Encyclopedia of American Loons . . .
http://americanloons.blogspot.ca/2013/02/403-rick-warren.html

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naturalist
Oct 07, 2015

“Dominionism Disguised as Aid: Rick Warren’s Expanding Influence in Rwanda” . . .
See more at: http://www.politicalresearch.org/2014/07/31/dominionism-disguised-as-aid/#sthash.0LrlRf4Y.dpuf

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ilovelibrary_0
Jun 27, 2015

Wow, this book is amazing! I absolutely love it! Discovering God's purpose for my life and that my identity comes through him. Highly recommend it whether a Christian or not:)

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kevina9
Jun 28, 2014

Finding your direction.

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sassyreader
Sep 30, 2013

This book is phenomenal as it challenges the reader to really think about their purpose on earth.

lscipio43 Feb 04, 2013

I never checked this book out....

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PimaLib_BeverlyH May 06, 2015

“Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.”

Sam_I_Am Aug 19, 2011

"Give yourselves to God . . . Surrender your whole being to Him to be used for righteous purposes." Romans 6:13 (TEV)

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