I should say that in my five-star rating system, I rated this book only 3 out of 5 stars. In my opinion, this was a good, solid read with sound teaching and practical advice that was a totally accurate representation of scripture. However, there was nothing that elevated this book beyond any of a host of other Christian living/self-help books out on the market. One of the blurbs on the back of the book said "The epicenter of a spiritual shockwave taking root across America ... It's more than a book; it has become a movement." Hmmm, seems a bit much, but if this book brings folks to know God and live for him for the right reasons, wonderful.
The book is divided into 40 chapters, meant to be digested one at a time over a period of 40 days. Each chapter tackles one kernel of truth and helps us to understand why it is important in our lives. This 40-day journey through The Purpose Driven Life is designed to help each of us know God's purpose for our lives and how we fit into God's big picture. The goal is to help us understand who we are (our identity), why we matter (our importance), and what our place in life is supposed to be (our impact). The chapters are divided into major sections that include:
- What on Earth am I Here For?
- Purpose #1: You were planned for God's pleasure.
- 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.