About the Purpose Driven Life


The most basic question everyone faces in life is, why am I here? What is my purpose? Self help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren says the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance come from understanding and fulfilling God’s purposes for putting us on earth.

The Purpose Driven Life takes the groundbreaking message of the award-winning book, The Purpose Driven Church, and goes deeper, applying it to the lifestyle of individual Christians. This book helps readers understand God’s incredible plan for their lives. Warren enables them to see the big picture of what life is all about and begin to live the life God created them to live.

The Purpose Driven Life is a manifesto for Christian living in the 21st century . . . a lifestyle based on eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using biblical stories and letting the Bible speak for itself, Warren clearly explains God’s five purposes for each of us:

  • We were planned for God’s pleasure

    so your first purpose is to offer real worship.

  • We were formed for God’s family

    so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.

  • We were created to become like Christ,

    so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.

  • We were shaped for serving God

    so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.

  • We were made for a mission

    so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.

This 10th anniversary edition, with emphasis on the question What on Earth Am I Here For? is the life message of Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church. Written in a captivating devotional style, the book is divided into short chapters that can be read as a daily devotional, studied by small groups, and used by churches participating in the nationwide 40 Days of Purpose campaigns.

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