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The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,094 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Not where you want to be? Wondering how to get there?
Why is it that smart people with admirable life goals often end up far from where they intended to be? Why is it that so many people start out with a clear mental picture of where they want to be relationally, financially, and professionally and yet years laterfind themselves far from their desired destination? Why do ou
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2009)
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It’s deceptively simple.

Truly, there is nothing in Andy Stanley’s book, The Principle of the Path, that you don’t already know, or that you wouldn’t figure out if you put your mind to it.

But, therein lies the rub…very few of us stop and actually think about this simple life principle.

In a nutshell, this ultra simple yet grossly overlooked principle states this: the path you are on determines where you are going.

Geographically, no one would argue with this point. If you want to go to New York Ci
Jul 15, 2012 Jake rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: faith
Prior to this book, I had never read an Andy Stanley book. But, since I'm a part of a church that partners with his church, I figured I'd best check him out. I'm glad I chose this book as my first Stanley read cause it was both relevant and convicting to me.

Stanley writes similarly to Dave Ramsey (whom I love). He is logical, humorous, and oftentimes makes very obvious realities seem fresh and unique in the way that he presents them.

The "principle of the path" is all about how, in life, we make
Keiki Hendrix
"Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7)

These are not new words, not to many Christians and not to Andy Stanley, Pastor of North Point Church in Alpharetta, GA.

In his book, 'The Principle of the Path: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be', these words are expounded in an authentic, genuine, conversational style prompting the reader to consider many of the choices made in their lives in light of an unyieldin
John Ausmus
The book takes a very simple truth and drives it home page after page. It is that your current direction will determine your destination.

We look for solutions to problems that we brought on ourselves. It is not that we are not intelligent but there is a huge disconnect. We don’t realize that our direction is determining our destination.

The first step in choosing the right path is not a problem of information but one of submission.

We need to acknowledge God in all of our ways and decisions.

Our em
A very practical book on spirituality... or a very spiritual book on practical living - take your pick. Written with the usual charm & warmth evidenced by Andy Stanley (my guess is that this began life as a sermon series), he does a great job of encouraging wisdom in life choices based on Biblical principles.

For those who like their Christian books filled with Scripture references, this is going to be a frustrating read, however - while he uses Bible verses & stories to establish & u
Donovan Martin
I thoroughly enjoyed, if that can be said of a book that seriously challenges a person to consider their every step, Andy Stanley's book. Stanley presents in a well written manner life principles that are consistant across the ages. If a person does one thing consistently, certain outcomes are consistently the result. He applies biblical principles to the book of course but also concludes that these principles are faithful even outside the community of faith. A short and easy book to read but a ...more
I heart Andy Stanley. He has years of experience as a pastor and follower of Jesus, and somehow still has the knack of writing like he's penning a self-help book. I mean that in the best way possible. Stanley lays out biblical truths in an extremely palatable, "duh" way, and then backs it all up with Scripture. Instead of leading with "Trust the Lord with all your heart", which don't get me wrong, I love, but it might befuddle or turn off a spiritual seeker, he starts with concrete principles, i ...more
Mandi Friedman
Andy Stanley is such a phenomenal communicator. All his teachings are practical. And in his explanations, he relates as if we were having a conversation. He tells me what I'm probably thinking (and it normally is), addresses issues I would have asked him about, and confronts the problems you will face in applying these principles. In this book, his main message is that direction determines destiny, not intentions. Whatever path you are taking currently is where you will end up. It's a principle ...more
1. Why am I doing this?
2. If someone in my circumstances came to me for advice what course of action would I recommend?
3. In light of my past experience, my future hopes, and my dreams, what is the wise thing to do?

your decision-making environments are not emotionally neutral

In emotionally charged decision-making environments, we often assume cause-and-effect relationship that done't really exist.

Successful people are successful bc they were willing to apply the lessons they learned from othe
Rachel Blom
Another great book from Andy Stanley. First of all, I love his writing style. He's a master storyteller, he's funny without trying so hard and he writes in an engaging, conversational style. The core message of this book was also great and he delivers it well. The book is just long enough, unlike many other writers Andy stops writing when he's done and I love that. Great book for those who want to know why some people are successful in life and other aren't and who want to be more intentional ab ...more
Pamela Jordan
great book, I really enjoyed it.
Bart Breen
Subtle and Somewhat Predictable

Andy Stanley is the son of Charles Stanley. As such he is a second generation leader but one who has gone on to establish his own "path" apart from his Father and has been successful in church planting and ministry expansion to where his voice is more his own than what you might expect.

I was somewhat impressed, that while Andy does refer to his famous father there's not the usually continued name dropping and anecdotal appeals within the book that would be somewhat
All of us want to arrive at the right destination. The key is in choosing the right path.

That, in a single sentence, is the message of this book. The one thing you must focus on in life to achieve any goal, to arrive at any destination, is to choose the right path.

At first I thought, is that worth reading a whole book about? I found out, yes, most definitely it's worth reading, if it's written by the right teacher. Andy Stanley has done a masterful job of taking this one theme, and leading us
Jennifer Defoy
A review copy of this book was provided by Book Sneeze.

The message in this book was a great one. Good choices and intentions are not all that lead a person to where they want to be. Not being a very spiritual person (in the sense that I don't go to church) I sometimes forget that if I do not let God into my life then my choices aren't what God wants me to choose. And even though I'm not spiritual I do realize that if I block God from my life than my life will not take the path I am supposed to b
Oct 07, 2011 Ciara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Specifically relevant to young (twenty-something) readers, but a good read for anyone
Recommended to Ciara by: Shane Fookes
I read this book on a recommendation from the pastor of our church- it is not the kind of book I would usually pick up. Keeping that in mind, I tried to be open-minded about the message as I went through it.

I think Stanley offers a lot of practical advice on how to get from where you are in life to where you want to be. Namely, that if you want to get somewhere in life: be a spiritual leader, a great parent, or have a fulfilling marriage- you can't expect these things to crop up on their own. Y
Book Him Danno
This book doesn’t mince words, the author tells it like it is and sometimes that’s a hard thing to hear. But if you are somewhere you don’t want to be, then you need this book. He’s not just talking spiritually, he’s talking everything.

Are you having financial, relationship, personal, and/or employment problems? If so, you need to stop and figure out what you need to change and how to do it. The author offers Bible and personal stories from his ministry to help you find the right direction. He g
Michael Brown
“The Principle of the Path: How to get from where you are to where you want to be” by Andy Stanley was a better book than I expected it to be. What is not earth shattering new is or can be a swift boot to the head – in a good way. Andy calls us to see that our choices of paths are not an isolated choice that doesn’t affect tomorrow or our next decisions. He uses the Life of David and Solomon to illustrate it and a major section of Scripture he uses is Proverbs 7 – which is a very good scripture ...more

1. My Swamp Ride
a. Embracing the principle of the path will empower you to identify the paths that lead to the destinations you desire, while avoiding regret
i. You can leverage the principle of the path for your benefit or ignore it and repeat a harvest of regret
ii. The principle impacts your life every day
iii. The principle follows you. It is not a law. You can break a law. But the principle of the path has the power to break you.
iv. Ps 16:1
v. Ps 119:105
Melissa Roach
“The Principle of the Path” written by Andy Stanley, is a self-help book. A simple message. The choices you make along your path determine where you will end up. Hence the principle of “the path”. Unless of course, something or someone interferes with the choices you make, in which case, you can end up somewhere else. While the advice offered in this book is relevant for anyone, it is primarily for Christian readers because it relies heavily on biblical references and includes some d
This book is about what Stanley calls "The Principle of the Path." Basically the principle he sets out in the book is that the decisions you make determine your destination. He goes on to explain the more intricate details of this principle such as the fact that we tend to sway towards the things that grab our attention and that in order to be where we want to be in our lives, we need to make the decisions that will get us there not just think about what we need to do to get there.

So I know this
Melysah Bunting
My latest review for Thomas Nelson (BookSneeze) is The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley. It's a book based on where you are in life and where you want to be. The premise of the path is direction-not intention-determines our destination.

King Solomon's story is used to teach people how to use the principle of the path to their benefit. In essence, it teaches people how to make good decisions by using a highway as life. It answers how do I get from A to D, and what are the consequences of taki
This is a great book with a simple message: where you're heading is where you'll end up. Realigning your desires with the reality of your decisions will help you get on the path that leads to the future you want. This book is also good for figuring out what to do when you get derailed--when dreams get broken and time runs out, what should you do? Submitting to God's will is the path that leads to hope in spite of the circumstances. Great, quick read.
Listened to this book on cd on the recommendation of a friend. Felt convicted so I picked up The Best Yes to read. The Best Yes quotes this book. My husband listened to it twice and told our teenage son he had to listen to it.

Became a fan of Andy Stanley after his Guardrails study. This book is so simple. So very basic simple. But so excellently laid out you just can't stop thinking on it or seeing it in your life.
Jason Mccutcheon
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Kris Sellers
Great read. Reminder of the timeless principle that there are always good and / or bad consequences to every decision. Stanley addresses our need to pay attention to our influences, why we choose the decisions (and overall way of thinking) that we do, and suggests methods to redirect. A fast read that teaches much.
Mason Waters
I go to Browns Bridge Church and hear Andy Stanley speak weekly. This book is everything you'd expect from Pastor Stanley, which most people expect only amazing work from him. I definitely recommend it, especially for younger people.
John Semchenko
Jan 11, 2010 John Semchenko rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to John by: keith loy
Shelves: 2010-book-list
Keith gave the entire staff a copy of this book for Christmas-what a cool gift, Thanks Keith!
Great book! The idea is incredibly simple which is what makes it so powerful. Stanley unwraps episodes from Solomon and David.
The destinations you find yourself arriving at are due soley to the decisions and directions you have chosen. Maps helps us which road to travel to our destination. Roads lead to where the lead.
Every step is taking you somewhere.
This is a very powerful read for anyone who has ever
Jonathan Brooker
The concept of this book is so simple that it almost seems a waste to read an entire book that deals with how the actions you're involved in now are shaping your future destinations in life. In fact, Stanley even mentions a couple times in his book that he hesitated writing sections or the book as a whole for this reason. And yet, I can't escape the fact that I found the book riveting. It was an incredibly challenging message delivered in the easily-accessible style of Andy Stanley. He walks you ...more
Mar 17, 2010 Janice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
My Pastor at church did a series based on this book, which peaked my interest. Andy Stanley has a way wtih words: very down to earth, story telling style, but makes perfect sense in a very sequential manner. I really appreciate that, as it make it easier for me to remember.

What I learned: the choices and decisions we make will often affect us for the rest of our lives. We need to be wise when we make these choices, but we often think that the laws of human nature don't apply to us. We must stay
Chuck Engelhardt
Like most of Andy Stanley's books, The Principle of the Path is worthy of your time. I will carry with me the quote "Direction - not intention - determines our destination." The guidance is very practical and I do recommend it for both casual reading for personal development and as a group study. If you happen to be very familiar with other Andy Stanley materials, you may find that some of the book is a repetition of information covered in other studies. Because I have read other Andy Stanley bo ...more
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Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and Browns Bridge Community Church. He also founded North Point Ministries, which is a worldwide Christian organization.
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