The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren

Excerpt from Chapter 14 - Evaluating Spiritual Disciplines

* Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren

One of the most popular non-fiction books of all time was Warren's The Purpose Driven Life. Essentially, this is a book about conventional Christianity. What I like most about his book is the idea that our lives do have meaning and purpose, that such purposes are not necessarily that clear and that we need to find out what such purposes might be.

I do not agree with his methods for discovering life purpose. Nor would I suggest that you be "driven" by your purpose; all too often our neurotic egos are what drive us. Also, the word "driven" is a strong word that generally implies a measure of addiction. Instead, to be mildly guided by what your soul suggests is my idea of the type of optimum relationship between your soul and your conscious ego. Overall, I suggest you pass by this book, unless it strongly "calls to you."

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