The Purpose Driven Life (Book Review)

No matter your circumstances, God has a purpose for you and the ability to help you achieve that purpose. One of my favorite books that teaches on how to live the Christian life is Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Life. Using Scripture as foundation, this book helps the reader find meaning in his life. It helps clarify the real meaning of why God put us on earth. It is extremely helpful to those who are experiencing difficulties in life, who are questioning if God has forgotten them, or if God even cares about them.

I think it is imperative to have your Bible and a notepad next you as you are reading. I had several “Aha!” moments as I went through the chapters. Rick makes connections to scripture and daily living that I either had never thought of or I have forgotten over the years.

The Purpose Driven Life is intended to be read over a 40 day period – one chapter per day. Each chapter takes about 15 minutes to read. I believe the short chapters encourage the reader to spend time throughout the day meditating on what he read and figuring out how it might applied to his life.

This book is for everyone. It helps Christians remember why God put them here on earth, and provides a life changing direction for those seeking answers.
I highly recommend this book. I you haven’t read it, now is the time to discover God’s purpose for your life and stop ‟floundering.”

If you have read this book, how did its message impact your way of life? Did you feel more equipt to face the challenges of day to day living? What encouragement can you give someone who hasn’t read it? Please leave a comment below.

 

(Book review) Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story

I have read nearly all Joni’s books. Her story is inspiring and encouraging. She openly tell her readers about her struggles with her disability and how her faith in God keeps her strong, even in the bad times.

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story, is the same—but different. It has all the elements of a “Joni book,”except it is written in third-person by Larry Libby, giving us another view of Joni’s life. The “untold” part of the story is Ken’s perspective — his emotional pain, depression, and continued dedication to Joni. We read about his feelings and reactions to the challenges of Joni’s condition.

It was sweet, and amusing, reading about his “introduction” to her private health issues on their first date. This account makes you love him for the love and care he has for Joni.

The book is very honest and heartfelt. Joni and Ken allow themselves to be exposed for “better and for worse.” Through the pages of this book, you will discover how they fell in love and the ups and downs they have experienced since being together. The story, though not written chronologically, is easy to follow. Going back and forth through the years, it brings new light to various part of their lives together.

I recommend this book for everyone who knows of Joni Eareckson Tada, and if you don’t know of her, this is a good way to learn about this faithful, courageous woman.