I recently finished reading The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? ( Expanded Edition) by Rick Warren and I have to say, it is a great read. It is meant to be read a chapter a day for around 40 days. Now, before you flip out because you are asked to read a chapter a day, understand that the chapters are small. This book is meant to be read one chapter (usually 4-5 pages in length) everyday so you can let the ideas marinate and sink in before jumping into the next one. With the newest version, pictured above, there is also a QR code at the beginning of each chapter. You to scan the QR code with your smart phone and watch a video of Rick Warren talking more in detail about that chapter.
One thing that I think is essential is reading this book in a small group format. Yes, it could be read by yourself, but the real growth, the real grit is when you get into a small group and discuss the book and how it impacted you (and it will impact you). In the small group I attended, everyone read a chapter a day and talked with an accountability partner throughout the week. Once a week, the whole small group would meet, watch a video, and go over some discussion questions. I’m not big on small groups, but I did find that my small group brought up some interesting discussion during the 9 weeks that we met for this book.
If a small group is not your cup of tea, you may want to get a close friend or spouse and read this book together. The thought provoking ideas found within The Purpose Driven Life will encourage you to discuss it with someone. If you really don’t want to talk with anyone, the videos mentioned above will help you dig a little deeper.
Whether you are a reading this by yourself, with a partner, or in a small group, this book does a great job of providing some amazing ways to have a closer walk with God.