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  • What on Earth Am I Here For?
  • By: Rick Warren
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  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (258 ratings)

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By: Rick Warren
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Summary

Discover and fulfill your God-given purpose by joining the more than 35 million others who have embarked on a spiritual journey that started with this number one New York Times best-selling book by Pastor Rick Warren.

Before you were born, God knew what your life had in store for you. His hope for you is to discover the life he created just for you - both here on Earth, and forever in eternity. Let Rick Warren guide you as you learn to live out your true purpose.

The Purpose Driven Life is more than a book; it's a road map for your spiritual journey. Combining thoughtful verses from scripture with timely stories and perspectives from Warren's own life, The Purpose Driven Life will help you discover the answer to one of life's most important questions: What on Earth am I here for?

Throughout The Purpose Driven Life, Warren will teach you to spend time getting to know yourself and your creator in order to live your life to the fullest. Unlocking your true purpose will also reduce your stress, simplify your decisions, increase your satisfaction, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.

Designed to be listened over the course of 42 days, The Purpose Driven Life will help you see the big picture, giving you a fresh perspective on the way that the pieces of your life fit together. Every section of The Purpose Driven Life provides a daily meditation and practical steps to help you uncover and live out your purpose, starting with exploring three essential questions:

  • The question of existence: Why am I alive?
  • The question of significance: Does my life matter?
  • The question of purpose: What on Earth am I here for?

Each copy of The Purpose Driven Life also includes thoughtful discussion questions, audio Bible studies that go along with every section and access to a supportive online community, giving you the opportunity to dive even deeper into each life-changing lesson.

©1997 Rick Warren (P)2012 Zondervan

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  • 03-02-13

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On the down-side this book sounds like a very long-winded sermon. It's very black and white and Rick often states opinion as fact...which he tries so very hard to justify by continually saying 'the bible says...' and in all honesty there were a fair few times when I felt instead like throwing the bible squarely back at Rick. In a nutshell, when Rick is on form he is undeniably correct and you wil find yourself at the very least actively nodding in agreement.On the other side, Rick can be infuriating to listen to. When he's right he's spot on...otherwide he's totally off the mark. There's no inbetween or grey. For example Rick states that we are 'slaves to God'..on number of occasions his use of language frustrated and even offended. Three stars though because there is a lot of good in this book....best taken in small doses.

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Brilliant!

Thank you for such an eye opening book. It really helps understand what we are on earth for.
I recommend this book to all.

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It will change your life!

A must read for everyone, it has changed my life in ways I could not have imagined. 🎉

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Religious Rhetoric

What would have made The Purpose Driven Life better?

Less god and more practical advice

Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Warren again?

No way

Did Rick Warren do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

It's not a charater driven story with a narative.

Unless you count God as a 1 dimenstional character

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Depressing,

The advice was nonsense delivered by sad sound voices. Intercut with sad music every 5-10 which sounds like the sad hulk music

Any additional comments?

Depressing, disappointing , I have subscribed to a book a month since 2007 and this is the only book I didn't want to finish. I wish I could have had that months credit refunded.

I would recommend seth godin , malcolm gladwell, psycho-cybernetics or the power of habbit over this tripe

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just what I needed right now! !

If you are going through the valley. .or if you need spiritual strength with honest tell it as it is scripture then listen to this. ..hard to hear at times but it's the truth! !

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faith building

I can only recommend this book, it is wonderful that the author is the Narrator

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Amazing!

I have learned so much from this book. I am going to listen to it again and make notes. I have recommended it to all my friends!

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Every Christian believer should hear this.

This book is a life changer. I should have read this earlier in my life.

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Enjoyed it

A must read this book. One if the best books I've read or listened to. Definitely going to buy a hard copy or kindle version for reference. one of those books you keep reading again. Great book

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Can't recommend it enough

This is a great book. It's an essential read for every thinking person. I have listened to it several times.

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  • Alberto
  • 03-03-13

Very well reasoned and contagiuos, with big bias

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The preaches are very nicely achived, and very well founded. The narrative and the passion of Rick is contagious. But I didn't like that at certain point of the book, little by little, it hints that the purpose of everyone's life is to live in the church, by the church and for the church. The book doesn't show a way to find your purpose, it tries to convince you that everyone 's purpose is the church.

Did The Purpose Driven Life inspire you to do anything?

The book inspires to take action and fix several flaws you may have in your path for a more spiritual christian life.

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  • Kurt Schneider
  • 19-02-14

Answers THAT question you always wanted to ask!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It IS very much based on the Bible, but then, if you are looking at this book, you know Rick is a Pastor. As someone that had bad experiences in several churches growing up, and not a fan of God's "fan clubs" (what I call organized religious groups) - I REALLY enjoy Rick's books, podcasts and overall style. Even if you are not a believer in God, there are so many things in this book that are worth hearing and learning. We have to live with 7 billion others on this planet - there are so many gems in this book that are helpful to any human being.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Purpose Driven Life?

Too many to list....I am listening to it again in fact....

What about Rick Warren’s performance did you like?

I just LOVE his story-telling style - I think that is my favorite part - he makes learning FUN! He is humorous and down-to-earth. He's the kind of guy you would wanna sit on the porch with a drink a glass of iced tea. Not at all a typical "preacher."

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Purpose Driven Life?

Gosh, way too many to list. Way too many. So many good quotes (not just biblical either) and so many good insights based on common sense...I think that it made me see that life s worth living...which I didn't think it was before.

Any additional comments?

Give it a listen! Well worth your time!

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  • Michael
  • 04-02-13

It will change your life.

What did you love best about The Purpose Driven Life?

It is practical and easy to apply in my life.

What other book might you compare The Purpose Driven Life to and why?

The 7 habit's but more down to earth.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was very emotional. I changed the way i think.

Any additional comments?

Please read this book.

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  • AraSevera
  • 27-04-14

It has commercials in between chapters - ICK

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, if they are Christian. I love the author and his style. I listen to his podcasts regularly. he makes Christianity, well, not so "offensive" as I remember it from childhood. He makes it OK and understandable. Now, if I could just get past my doubts I have about the translation of the Bible.
And, if they would remove the commercials in between the chapters read by the lady with the sickening voice, it would be far better!

Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Warren? Why or why not?

Yes. I like his style. He is down to earth and humorous.

What does Rick Warren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His delivery is pretty darn awesome. He sounds like the kind of guy you's want to have a beer with - to be your neighbor - to be your friend.

Could you see The Purpose Driven Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No - it is not a story.

Any additional comments?

LOSE THE DARN COMMERCIALS IN BETWEEN THE CHAPTERS! The sappy voice of the lady that reads these makes me want to vomit.

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  • Valorus
  • 17-02-14

Eye Opening for me

What made the experience of listening to The Purpose Driven Life the most enjoyable?

I went into this book based on a recommendation from a friend so I was unsure what to expect. I'm a Christian in every sense of the word and I wanted to find a way to better live my life. After listening to this book my eyes are as the title of my review suggests: Wide open. So many questions I've had were answered and by listening I realized that while I strive to be a good person, I do fall very far from hitting the perfect mark.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rick does a great job of talking to you and not preaching to you. I think if you have someone telling you what you should do, how you should do it, and then back it all up with Scripture really goes a long way at helping people understand why something should be done. For me it was tithing. My parents did, I know lots of other people who do it, but I never really saw the reason to struggle even more financially by tithing. How wrong I have been.

What about Rick Warren’s performance did you like?

He has a nice tone and very easy to listen to.

What did you learn from The Purpose Driven Life that you would use in your daily life?

I think the big take away for me is knowing that even though I may not be perfect, I'm not really expected to be. I've learned that worship is very different from what I was taught worship was.

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  • Deb
  • 07-03-13

Religious content vs. Spiritual

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

NOFor me the wording and references were too Religious. It was heavy on Bible and Jesus quotes. I respect all religions. I am very spiritual but not religious. It was too difficult to get past the religious tone to hear the message.

What could Rick Warren have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I LOVED his interview with Oprah Winfrey. He kept it to a level open to people of all faiths. I was quite disappointed when I started listening to the book.

Which character – as performed by Rick Warren – was your favorite?

It was well presented .... music a bit "hokey" and sentimental

Any additional comments?

I LOVE the idea of a purpose driven life and that is my goal in my life. I have great love and appreciation for Rick Warren in the work he does. It would be of great value to present it in a form that would be accepted by a wider scope of people if he just remove the religious references.....but he IS a Preacher (Minister).Thank you!Peace

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  • Andrew
  • 30-09-14

Short chapters

What did you love best about The Purpose Driven Life?

I've enjoyed listening to this book because while it is intended to be read/listened to in 40 days, it's easy to pick back up if you break the pattern. Rick Warren does a good job of explaining his ideas with analogies and short sayings that are easy to remember.

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  • CYNDI
  • 08-06-15

A MUST READ FOR CHRISTIANS

I started this book as a kickstart to the new year. Thte first couple of chapters are a little slow but I'm so hsappy that I stuck with it. By the middle of the book, I could hardly put itt down. I really liked the points to ponder and thet reflection questions. This book helped me realign my life with what God wants for it and heped me focus on the important work of building my life around eternity rather than the here and now. GREAT READ!

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  • Ida
  • 07-10-15

Nobody told me this is a Jesus book!!

Summary doesn't mention that this book is basically just repeating the bible. I couldn't listed and starred to feel sick. For an atheist this was a mistake purchase.

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  • E. Heard
  • 20-07-13

Must stipulate that the Bible is the truth.

What would have made The Purpose Driven Life better?

I know the author and many others take the Bible at face value. I would have liked a chapter that explained why the bible should be believable.

What was most disappointing about Rick Warren’s story?

Everything was supported by quotes from different bibles. Why is there more than one? Why wasn't God clear? Is God a poor communicator?

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He assumed I believed the words in multiple bibles.

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