What on Earth Am I Here For?
This is the updated edition of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. The book’s purpose is to help you find answers to three important life questions: Why am I alive? (the question of existence), Does my life matter? (the question of significance), and What on earth am I here for? (the question of purpose).
The book is organized into a 42 day study. It comes complete with discussion questions, as it is recommended that you complete the study with one or more friends. New to this edition is a series of audio messages to accompany each days study as well as a video introduction to each chapter.
I give this book 5 stars. I will say first that I have not been able to finish the book yet – my one complaint about writing this review as part of a review opportunity is that I only had about 14 days after receiving the book before I had to write this review. For a 42 day study, that just wasn’t adequate time to read the entire book and fully absorb its teachings. I had read the original book and it revolutionized my life – and now, being at a different stage of life, I want to reread the book but be able to really do it justice by taking my time through each chapter. So, for the purposes of this review, I have read several chapters, watched several of the video introductions, and listened to several of the audio messages.
Rick Warren does a phenomenal job of presenting the scriptural responses to the three questions we often ask ourselves about life, always pointing our focus to God and His direction for our life. It is a very “heavy” study, meaning that you cannot just read through the 5-6 page chapter and be done with it for the day – in order to truly “get” it at a deeper level, you have to be prepared to spend some time in the Bible. The audio messages are a wonderful addition to the chapters – however, I will say that I feel like the messages are too long at 40-50 minutes each. If someone is truly trying to progress through this as a 42-day study, most of us simply do not have the time in every day to listen to a message that long every single day. That said, the messages are incredible and definitely a huge asset to this updated version of the book!
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