A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren Book Review
Getting the Most from the A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This is more than a book; it is a guide to a 40-day spiritual journey that will enable you to discover the answer to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for? By the end of this journey you will know God’s purpose for your life and will understand the big picture-how all the pieces of your life fit together. Having this perspective will reduce your stress, simplify your decisions, increase your satisfaction, and, most important, prepare you for eternity.
YOUR NEXT 40 DAYS
Today the average life span is 25,550 days. That’s how long you will live if you are typical.
Don’t you think it would be a wise use of time to set aside 40 of those days to figure out what God wants you to do with the rest of them? The Bible is clear that God considers 40 days a spiritually significant time period.
Whenever God wanted to prepare someone for his purposes, he took 40 days:
• Noah’s life was transformed by 40 days of rain.
• Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai.
• The spies were transformed by 40 days in the Promised Land.
• David was transformed by Goliath’s 40-day challenge.
• Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from a single meal.
• The entire city of Nineveh was transformed when God gave the people 40 days to change.
• Jesus was empowered by 40 days in the wilderness.
• The disciples were transformed by 40 days with Jesus after his resurrection.
The next 40 days will transform your life.
This book is divided into 40 brief chapters. I strongly urge you to read only one chapter a
day, so you will have time to think about the implications for your life. The Bible says, “Let
God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do.”
One reason most books don’t transform us is that we are so eager to read the next chapter,
we don’t pause and take the time to seriously consider what we have just read. We rush to the next truth without reflecting on what we have learned.
Don’t just read this book. Interact with it. Underline it. Write your own thoughts in the margins. Make it your book. Personalize it! The books that have helped me most are the ones that I reacted to, not just read.
FOUR FEATURES TO HELP YOU
At the end of each chapter is a section called “Thinking about My Purpose.” There you will
• A Point to Ponder. This is a nugget of truth that summarizes a principle of purpose-driven
living that you can reflect on throughout your day. Paul told Timothy, “Reflect on what I
am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”
• A Verse to Remember. This is a Bible verse that teaches a truth from that chapter. If you
really want to improve your life, memorizing Scripture may be the most important habit
you can begin. You can either copy these verses onto small cards to carry with you, or
purchase a Purpose-Driven Life Scripture Keeper Plus.
• A Question to Consider. These questions will help you think about the implications of
what you have read and how it applies to you personally. Let me encourage you to write
your answers in the margin of this book or in a notebook, or obtain a copy of The Purpose Driven Life journal, a companion book designed for this purpose. Writing down your
thoughts is the best way to clarify them.
In appendix 1 you will find:
• Discussion Questions. I strongly urge you to get one or more friends to join you in reading
this book during the next 40 days. A journey is always better when it is shared. With a
partner or a small reading group you can discuss what you read and bounce ideas off each
other. This will help you grow stronger and deeper spiritually. Real spiritual growth is
never an isolated, individualistic pursuit. Maturity is produced through relationships and
The best way to explain God’s purpose for your life is to allow the Scripture to speak for itself,
so in this book the Bible is quoted extensively, using over a thousand different verses from
fifteen English translations and paraphrases. I have varied the versions used for several important reasons, which I explain in appendix 3.
I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU
As I wrote this book, I often prayed that you would experience the incredible sense of hope, energy, and joy that comes from discovering what God put you on this planet to do. There’s nothing quite like it. I am excited because I know all the great things that are going to happen to you. They happened to me, and I have never been the same since I discovered the purpose of my life.
Because I know the benefits, I want to challenge you to stick with this spiritual journey for
the next 40 days, not missing a single daily reading. Your life is worth taking the time to think about it. Make it a daily appointment on your schedule. If you will commit to this, let’s sign a covenant together. There is something significant about signing your name to a commitment. If you get a partner to read through this with you, have him or her sign it, too. Let’s get started together!