The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
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The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here Audiobook by Rick Warren is one of the all-time bestselling devotional Chrisitan books. Numerous churches have committed to leading their congregations through the forty days of purpose program. The Purpose Driven Life is claimed to be more than a book. It is a guide that will enable the readers to find the answers to the most important and critical questions of the life. The author says that the book will take the readers on a spiritual journey and will provide them the God’s five purposes for human beings on earth. The author also claims that the book is a blueprint for Chrisitan living in the modern age.
The book consists of 40 chapters and each chapter is to be read one day at a time. These forty chapters are again divided into six main parts of the book. These six parts consist of the introduction and then the five sections illustrating the five purposes of human beings on earth, which are as follows:
• Purpose 1: You were planned for God’s pleasure (Worship)
• Purpose 2: You were formed for God’s family (Fellowship)
• Purpose 3: You were created to become like Christ (Discipleship)
• Purpose 4: You were shaped for serving God (Ministry)
• Purpose 5: You were made for a mission (Mission)
The author says that after reading the book the readers will experience a reduction in their stress levels, simplify their life decisions and feel inner satisfaction. The book has Biblical references and more than 1200 quotes from the Bible.
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here Audiobook by Rick Warren was an instant bestseller and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. It was on the New York Bestselling List for more than 90 weeks. The author obviously seems God loving and God fearing and views the church as an important and beautiful institution. The book uses Biblical references throughout which enables the reader a better understanding of the subject.
However, the book has its fair share of criticism also. Many people consider that though the book has some valuable teachings, it also contains lots of false teachings. The author disregards the scriptures. He thinks that scriptures are tools which can be used based on convenience instead of seeing them as God’s holy and perfect standard which must be respected. In many places, the author also uses the Biblical passages out of context and draws false meanings from them.