This book has transformed millions of lives. Are you ready for a change?
Since its release, The Purpose Driven Life has been translated into eighty-five different languages and has become the “Bestselling non-fiction hardback book in history” according to Publisher’s Weekly, all because of the Christ-centered approach the book takes to answering life’s most fundamental question: What on earth am I here for?
This new hardcover edition is reimagined for a new generation, with four new features including:
Video introductions by Rick Warren to chapters 1-42 An audio lesson at the end of each chapter, with more than thirty additional hours of teaching by Rick Warren Two new bonus chapters on the most common barriers to living a purpose-driven life Access to an online community where you can discuss your journey to purpose, get feedback, and receive support
On your journey you’ll find the answers to three of life’s most important questions: The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?, The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?, The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?
Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance—the life you were meant to live.
The Purpose Driven Life (2002) is a devotional book written by Christian author Rick Warren and published by Zondervan. The book topped the Wall Street Journal best seller charts as well as Publishers Weekly charts with over 30 million copies sold by 2007. The Purpose Driven Life was also on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 90 weeks.
The book offers readers a 40-day personal spiritual journey and presents what Warren says are God‘s five purposes for human life on Earth and describes itself as “a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st Century […] using about 350 references to the Bible, maybe this amounts to over 1200 Biblical verses and quotes to challenge the conventional definitions of Christian Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Christian Ministry and Evangelism.”
The book is intended to be read as a daily inspiration, with each of the 40 short chapters read on consecutive days. Each chapter contains a personal application section at the end with a “point to ponder,” a verse to remember, and a question to consider over the course of that day. Rick Warren described his book as an “anti-self-help book.” The first sentence of the book reads, “It’s not about you,” and the remainder of the chapter goes on to explain how the quest for personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and meaning can only be found in understanding and doing what God placed you on Earth to do. The book’s 40 chapters are divided into six major sections, with the following titles:
- What on Earth Am I Here For?
- Purpose #1: You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure (Worship)
- Purpose #2: You Were Formed for God’s Family (Fellowship)
- Purpose #3: You Were Created to Become Like Christ (Discipleship)
- Purpose #4: You Were Shaped for Serving God (Ministry)
- Purpose #5: You Were Made for a Mission (Mission)
In later versions of the book, 2 additional chapters were added about the 2 biggest reasons why Christians don’t live purpose driven lives, envy and “people pleasing.”
A May 2005 survey of American pastors and ministers conducted by George Barna asked Christian leaders to identify what books were the most influential on their lives and ministries. The Purpose Driven Life was the most frequent response. The Purpose Driven Church, Warren’s second book, was the second most frequent response. Billy Graham described the book as one that would “guide you to greatness—through living the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus.” NFL legend Ray Lewis gave the book to 23 time Olympic goal medalist Michael Phelps when he went to rehab. Phelps read the book daily while in rehab.