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The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  167,691 Ratings  ·  2,673 Reviews
Available for the first time, Rick Warren's#1 New York Times bestseller now includes forty unique QR Codes that link to exclusive videos of Rick Warren. These QR Code and video-based enhancements provide a cutting-edge, interactive experience to help you live out God's purpose for your life: reducing your stress, focusing your energy, simplifying your decisions, giving mea ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published May 7th 2011 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mar 09, 2007 J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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 scripture.

This 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 (besi
Natalie Vellacott
Jun 23, 2015 Natalie Vellacott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Simply put....there is no worldly method to achieving a closer walk with God. It will take time reading God's Word and praying. There is no short-cut to spirituality. The Purpose Driven Life and other similar series attempt to provide a short-cut and may encourage new believers to think that once they have achieved the twelve steps they can cease striving after God. I gave up on this book half way through and threw it away as I felt as if it was a deception. I have since read many concerning thi ...more
"It's not about you."

Changed my life.

I took Warren's challenge and found that I was not where I should have been. Paradoxically, I was at that time employed by a Christian ministry highly regarded by many (and vilified by some), but I knew--I knew--that wasn't where I was supposed to be. So, I quit my job and sought a new direction.

Not there yet by a long shot, but thanks to Rick Warren I'm on my way.
Dec 30, 2007 Tucker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Shelves: finished
"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. 64)

This worldview quickly becomes incoherent. Consider these two statements, made side-by-side: "You are free to choose what you surrender to, but you ar
Aug 01, 2011 Jack rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a disgusting book. The goal of this book is to make you a slave. Don't take my word for it I'll just read straight from the book: "Worship isn't for you. It's for God p.66, God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly, You have no right to argue with your Creator. You are merely a clay pot shaped by a potter p.75 " Or the chapters titles "Thinking like a Servant " and "How Real Servants Act".

For me, the most revolting thing about the book came on p.80 and this theme was repeated throughout
John Jeffcoat iii
Sep 24, 2012 John Jeffcoat iii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Warren was a customer of mine ( - The Bible Museum) before he released this best-selling and now extremely famous book. I find it curious that so many of my Christian friends are quick to criticize this book as being a "primer" of "Christianity 101" or an introduction to the Christian Faith and Life... and they feel it does not go deep enough theologically. That is not a valid criticism of this book in my opinion, because this book does not represent itself to be a seminary-lev ...more
Benjamin Kittleson
Oct 04, 2008 Benjamin Kittleson added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I don't even know where to begin with this book... It has been suggested that the information provided within is "Christian" in its delivery... Though, I would suggest to you that everything in this world that refers to itself as Christian is not necessarily so...

Simply because a book includes Bible verses does not mean that those verses have anything to do with what the Word of God is commanding of those who would follow Him... Marilyn Manson's song lyrics contain scripture, however, no one in
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 25, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Rhoda Santos
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 an
Jalyn Arianne
Dec 24, 2011 Jalyn Arianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Mr. R.W,
Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.
For years, I’ve been battling loneliness within me, always reading some help books that didn’t really help at all. Actually, I’d read your book when I was in high school and maybe I’m too young at that time or not interested at all that’s why I didn’t took it seriously. And then, one day, I just woke up and decided that I don’t want to live my life like this anymore; a life with no purpose, a life full of regrets, worry, mediocrity and anx
May 12, 2011 Khim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe, this book was written to change the life of the reader, it gives answers to every questions you're asking to GOD, telling you your purpose and that is to live for GOD. It clarifies everything. This is really an amazing book. Life-changing! :)
Apr 27, 2008 ☆Brittany☆ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to ☆Brittany☆ by: My mom
I am reading the hard cover copy but I couldn't find it on GoodReads.

I am starting this book today. I am also going to do what it suggests - only read one chapter a day for 40 days. So that means, I will finish this book in a little over a month.

The whole point of the book is to supposedly show you *why* you are on this Earth.

I've been doing a lot of soul-searching lately & I am hoping to gain some knowledge from reading this book.

"Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the
Dec 27, 2007 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up, to-reread
I suppose this book can be genuinely helpful to some people (Scott Peterson, Brian Nichols, Fidel Castro, for example have all apparently benefited from this book), but it was uninteresting to me from the get-go. I went into it with an open mind, and hoped to gain some spiritual insight from it. However, when the book immediately recommended The Purpose-Driving Journal, The Purpose-Driven Calendar, Daily Inspiration for the Purpose-Driven Life, not to mention The Purpose Driven Life DVD Study Gu ...more
Greyceeh Guevarra
Sep 04, 2007 Greyceeh Guevarra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all of my friends
Our life now here on earth is the warm-up act - the
dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice what we will
do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense. Life is a series of problems: Either we are in one
now, we're just coming out of one, or we're getting ready to go into another one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in
our character than our comfort. God is more interested in making our life holy than He is
Jan 22, 2013 Petula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book allows you to discover, who you are and what your purpose is.

It is a books that speaks of why, how and what. A book that has transforming pieces of ' golden nuggets. Light bulb moments, which opens your eyes to what is possible.

It does not preach to you, but talks to you with reason. Allows you to discover ' whose you really are' Without condemnation, but touches you lovingly and wants you to listen, be still and know that God is real and is just waiting for you to open your eyes to tr
Feb 12, 2008 Chriss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
A friend gave me this book when I was going through a difficult time in my life and it was more than a great gift. I felt the book was very eye-opening without being overly religious. You can be a Christian and follow what the book is saying and get a very deep meaning out of it if you allow yourself to. I read it at the right time and was very open to what it had to say and therefore feel that it changed me. I still think back to that time being one of the catalysts for where I am at today and ...more
Mar 19, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We read this in a weekly meeting at church and I was impressed with this book's simple wisdom. One can read the words easily, but taking them to heart is a different matter.
I can recall reading a handful of books in my life, only a few which were theological in nature, where I got to a certain point and I had to stop, simply because I couldn't go any farther: I could not get my head...or heart... around such a concept as was being presented and I felt that pushing through or on would have been a
Jul 31, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book thinking it would offer something deep and real about the purpose of God and the purposes of peoples in the world. But it offered little more than a worn-out run-a-round of the phrase "God has a purpose for you." I know why this book is so popular - it, like many others, offers Christians the idea that "God's purpose" for you has something to do with getting ahead in life and having more money. It's that lame "name it and claim it" mentality.

I wouldn't recommend this book to an
Aug 22, 2007 RESHMA FRANCIS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
when i thought my LIFE has no perfect meaning... that i was going on with boring days of 24/7 !! " PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE " came into my LIFE with a KICK of knowing what is GOD'S purpose in my LIFE !! i came to know that iam not a mistake but of GOD'S CHOOSEN ONE !! HE choose me from the FAREST CORNER of this world & appointed me to BEAR FRUITS.. FRUITS that will ENDURES FOREVER & EVER... AS YOU KNOW FOREVER IS A LONG TERM OF TIME !!
i would prefer you "ALL" to read "this" book to get recha
Jul 30, 2011 Judi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
I felt this was a wonderfully thought provoking book. I was surprised at the negative reviews posted below. I agree that you need more than 40 days, but I took this as a start for many to get real with how they are spending their time and are we serving where God is calling us. I have facilitated many Bible studies where we spend indepth time in scripture. We felt this was a welcome addition to our other studies and I plan to continue working on my Purpose. I would recommend to any who want to d ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Like the Shack, not bad just not great. I think all the Purpose Driven Life merchandising bothered me some to...that could be, just me though.

I am a Christian and I find that "popular" Christian books tend to have a "hard row to hoe" with me.

I'd say, know what you believe and then read this. Works flow from a person's relationship with God, they do not bring it about.

I'm not saying that this book claims they do, I'm just saying fit the contemporary read (any contemporary work)into grounded Chri
Oct 05, 2011 Cade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped
As many reviewers here and elsewhere have pointed out, this book and its approach are theologically suspect, and based much more on marketing hype and good feelings than any real substance. You're much better off reading C.S. Lewis or John Piper any day.

I personally find it difficult to read the book at all. Even when I agree with some of Rick Warren's overall conclusions, he frequently supports those conclusions via logical fallacies, false analogies, and Bible verses quoted out of context (and
Drew J
Mar 02, 2008 Drew J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: immature Christians
Recommended to Drew by: everyone and their mama
I think I'm the only one in the world who hated this book. It annoyed the crap out of me. It lays out a canned formula to live. Turn-off for me.
Jun 25, 2010 Divadoll123 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for a book group my friend was leading. I totally hated it. Totally. Hated. It.

A. I don't like any book that purports to speak on behalf of God and/or dictate what God thinks. Unless God is sitting there in the room with us and saying, "Yup, I totally agree with Rick on that point", Rick Warren has no right to speak on God's behalf.

B. It reeks of feel-good, pop-psychology-driven Christianity. "God loves you no matter how wickedly terrible you are and how many puppies you drowned and
Harold Cameron
Jan 31, 2013 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“What on Earth Am I Here For?”

“10 years ago, Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life, which became the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history, and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible. PDL has inspired and changed tens of millions of lives … more than any modern book.

NOW, Rick has updated and expanded the book with new chapters on the greatest barriers to living your purpose, plus 42 video introductions to each chapter theme, and 42 additional audio messag
Lynn Tolson
I chose to review this book because I couldn't resist a best seller. The Purpose Driven Life has sold over 20 million copies. The book has won the Book of the Year Award from the Evangelical Christian Publisher Association 2 years in a row. The back book jacket calls the book "A GROUNDBREAKING MANIFESTO ON THE MEANING OF LIFE." Given the popularity of this best seller, I had to see what Warren wrote to demand the attention of readers who buy multiple copies to give to friends, neighbors, and rel ...more
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
Jan 11, 2013 Charissa Sophia de la Rosa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Charissa Sophia by: My Mom
I've heard a lot of things about this book especially from my mom who made this her most favorite. It intrigued me to know if what the people around me said was true. And now, thanks to a friend of my mom's, gave me a hardcover format of this book (which I'm very thankful for I think it deserves to be bought a copy).
I've read the preface and some introductory notes from the author recommending I shall read a chapter per day and join him in a journey of 40 days of finding purpose.
I already sign
Jan 02, 2009 booklady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to booklady by: Jan and Sandy
Seeing Cassie's listing of this reminded me to add it to my books even though I never finished it. I did read over 3/4th of it.

When I finished Retreat in Daily Life the St. Ignatian Spiritual Exercises I was looking for something to fill the gap and a few of the ladies who had been in my group were going to read this so I thought I'd join them in it. None of us ever finished it; it was such a weak follow-up. Maybe I would have liked it better or gotten more out of it at another time or under di
Donna Remoo
Mar 01, 2014 Donna Remoo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf
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Jan 23, 2012 Bloodshy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Happy-go-lucky Christians
Unfortunately for anyone who actually has need of reading a book like The Purpose Driven Life, the book is not for them. The ideas portrayed are too simplistic to be educational or helpful. It certainly won't tell you what your purpose in life is.

As with most people who have read this book, I was encouraged by someone in my church to give it a go. My depression was hitting me hard, and this was the only thing my fellow Christian thought would help. I read it and shared opinions on it weekly over
L.L. Helland
Jul 27, 2012 L.L. Helland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Warren's book is excellent, but I always have just a bit of a hard time with a man of the clothe telling us we all need to do more for the missions, fellowships, and ministry. I beleive that everyone will have a purpose in life if they put everything they have into following God-. We all can't be missionarys, and don't worry about bills and a job. We all can't be as lucky as the author and give God what he's asking for. If we could then we'd all be ministers, priests and pastors-there would ...more
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