Ever since I was a child, I would always see the book entitled “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren on our book shelf. And as I was growing up, people I’ve encountered would always mention this book. But it was in my third year of college when I met someone who was currently reading the book together with a friend. That moment actually piqued my interests into reading the book. It was only until this year on the 14th of February that I decided to read the book together with my boyfriend.
I decided to read this book on the 14th of February this year because it coincides with Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season. I thought it’s a nice opportunity to spend this season with one day of reflection and prayer. Also, I already knew that the book consists of 40 chapters that represents 40 days. Therefore, the last chapter of the book would lead to the start of the Holy Week.
Facts about the book
The title is The Purpose Driven Life with the subtitle What on Earth Am I Here For?. It was written by Rick Warren in 2002 and published by Zondervan. The book has been reprinted in 2003 twenty times and in 2004 nine times. The book I got was published in the Philippines by OMF Literature Inc. with the edition issued by special arrangement with Zondervan. It has sold over 11 million copies world wide. It also got awarded as ECPA Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association which is an international non-profit organization. The organization also gave it The Gold Medallion Book Award in recognition of excellence in Evangelical Christian Literature.
Why I like this book
Well, the book starts with an introduction of what the book is about. According to the author, it is not even a book but a guide to a 40-day spiritual journey that enables the reader to find and discover his/her purpose in life. The author urges the reader to read one chapter a day and reflect. At the end of every chapter/day, there is a section where you can find the following:
- Points to Ponder – These are statements which basically summarizes the whole chapter and can be used as the reader’s reflection for the day.
- A Verse to Remember – There is a specific bible verse for every chapter. I like it because it helps me remember one bible verse a day. It was also mentioned in the book that memorizing the scriptures is a good habit that every Christian should have.
- A Question to Consider – At the end of every chapter, the author asks the reader to answer the questions that can allow the reader to reflect and apply what she/he has learned. There is a companion book to this which is the The Purpose-Driven Life Journal.
First of all, I was a bit skeptical while I was reading this. It is mainly because I consider myself as someone who is not that religious. I believed that what matters most is my relationship with God. But as I was reading this book, I realized that it is important to also value our relationship with our neighbors and the community.
Although this book may be considered as part of the self-help category, it is not. It is not about us. It is about God and how we live this life according to His purposes. The author also shared 5 purposes and these are the following:
- Purpose #1: You Were Planned for God’s Family
- Purpose #2: You Were Formed for God’s Family
- Purpose #3: You Were Created to Become Like Christ
- Purpose #4: You Were Shaped for Serving God
- Purpose #5: You Were Made for a Mission
And with this 5 purposes, I think it summarizes how our life should be in this world.