The Purpose Driven Life

What on Earth Am I Here For?
Narrated by: Rick Warren
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times #1 bestselling book by Pastor Rick Warren that helps you understand the purpose of your life.

As one of the best-selling nonfiction books in history, with more than 34 million copies sold, and more than 70 translations available, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just an audiobook; it's the roadmap for your spiritual journey. A journey that will transform your life.

"Movie stars and political leaders aren't the only ones turning to Rick Warren for spiritual guidance. Millions of people - from NBA and LPGA players to corporate executives to high school students to prison inmates - meet regularly to discuss The Purpose Driven Life.” -Time

In The Purpose Driven Life 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 survival or success to a life of significance - the life you were meant to live.

You will discover the five benefits of knowing your purpose:

  1. It will explain the meaning of your life.
  2. It will simplify your life.
  3. It will focus your life.
  4. It will increase your motivation.
  5. It will prepare you for eternity.

The Purpose Driven Life is designed to be listened to in 42 short chapters that will inspire you to stop and realize how God uniquely designed you for a purpose only you can fulfill. It also includes links to 3-minute video introductions to each chapter and a 30 to 40-minute audio Bible study message for each chapter. There are also appendixes including questions for further study and additional resources.

Before you were born, God already planned your life. God longs for you to discover the life he created you to live - here on earth, and forever in eternity. Let The Purpose Driven Life show you how.

The Purpose Driven Life is available in audiobook, ebook, softcover, and hardcover editions. Also available: The Purpose Driven Life video study and study guide, journal, devotional, book for kids, book for churches, Spanish edition, Large Print edition, and more.

©1997 Rick Warren (P)2012 Zondervan

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It has commercials in between chapters - ICK

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, if they are Christian. I love the author and his style. I listen to his podcasts regularly. he makes Christianity, well, not so "offensive" as I remember it from childhood. He makes it OK and understandable. Now, if I could just get past my doubts I have about the translation of the Bible.
And, if they would remove the commercials in between the chapters read by the lady with the sickening voice, it would be far better!

Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Warren? Why or why not?

Yes. I like his style. He is down to earth and humorous.

What does Rick Warren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His delivery is pretty darn awesome. He sounds like the kind of guy you's want to have a beer with - to be your neighbor - to be your friend.

Could you see The Purpose Driven Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No - it is not a story.

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LOSE THE DARN COMMERCIALS IN BETWEEN THE CHAPTERS! The sappy voice of the lady that reads these makes me want to vomit.

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Very well reasoned and contagiuos, with big bias

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The preaches are very nicely achived, and very well founded. The narrative and the passion of Rick is contagious. But I didn't like that at certain point of the book, little by little, it hints that the purpose of everyone's life is to live in the church, by the church and for the church. The book doesn't show a way to find your purpose, it tries to convince you that everyone 's purpose is the church.

Did The Purpose Driven Life inspire you to do anything?

The book inspires to take action and fix several flaws you may have in your path for a more spiritual christian life.

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It will change your life.

What did you love best about The Purpose Driven Life?

It is practical and easy to apply in my life.

What other book might you compare The Purpose Driven Life to and why?

The 7 habit's but more down to earth.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was very emotional. I changed the way i think.

Any additional comments?

Please read this book.

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Answers THAT question you always wanted to ask!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It IS very much based on the Bible, but then, if you are looking at this book, you know Rick is a Pastor. As someone that had bad experiences in several churches growing up, and not a fan of God's "fan clubs" (what I call organized religious groups) - I REALLY enjoy Rick's books, podcasts and overall style. Even if you are not a believer in God, there are so many things in this book that are worth hearing and learning. We have to live with 7 billion others on this planet - there are so many gems in this book that are helpful to any human being.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Purpose Driven Life?

Too many to list....I am listening to it again in fact....

What about Rick Warren’s performance did you like?

I just LOVE his story-telling style - I think that is my favorite part - he makes learning FUN! He is humorous and down-to-earth. He's the kind of guy you would wanna sit on the porch with a drink a glass of iced tea. Not at all a typical "preacher."

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Purpose Driven Life?

Gosh, way too many to list. Way too many. So many good quotes (not just biblical either) and so many good insights based on common sense...I think that it made me see that life s worth living...which I didn't think it was before.

Any additional comments?

Give it a listen! Well worth your time!

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Short chapters

What did you love best about The Purpose Driven Life?

I've enjoyed listening to this book because while it is intended to be read/listened to in 40 days, it's easy to pick back up if you break the pattern. Rick Warren does a good job of explaining his ideas with analogies and short sayings that are easy to remember.

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Eye Opening for me

What made the experience of listening to The Purpose Driven Life the most enjoyable?

I went into this book based on a recommendation from a friend so I was unsure what to expect. I'm a Christian in every sense of the word and I wanted to find a way to better live my life. After listening to this book my eyes are as the title of my review suggests: Wide open. So many questions I've had were answered and by listening I realized that while I strive to be a good person, I do fall very far from hitting the perfect mark.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rick does a great job of talking to you and not preaching to you. I think if you have someone telling you what you should do, how you should do it, and then back it all up with Scripture really goes a long way at helping people understand why something should be done. For me it was tithing. My parents did, I know lots of other people who do it, but I never really saw the reason to struggle even more financially by tithing. How wrong I have been.

What about Rick Warren’s performance did you like?

He has a nice tone and very easy to listen to.

What did you learn from The Purpose Driven Life that you would use in your daily life?

I think the big take away for me is knowing that even though I may not be perfect, I'm not really expected to be. I've learned that worship is very different from what I was taught worship was.

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Full of religious stuff. I want my money back.

Full of religious stuff. I want my money back. i i i i i i

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A MUST READ FOR CHRISTIANS

I started this book as a kickstart to the new year. Thte first couple of chapters are a little slow but I'm so hsappy that I stuck with it. By the middle of the book, I could hardly put itt down. I really liked the points to ponder and thet reflection questions. This book helped me realign my life with what God wants for it and heped me focus on the important work of building my life around eternity rather than the here and now. GREAT READ!

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

people who need to be told what to do

Has The Purpose Driven Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

absolutely

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

none that I found

Any additional comments?

What a waste of a credit

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amazing

love this book. I read it a few years ago and listened as audio book this time around. this is a book I will revisit often.

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  • 02-03-13

Up and Down

On the down-side this book sounds like a very long-winded sermon. It's very black and white and Rick often states opinion as fact...which he tries so very hard to justify by continually saying 'the bible says...' and in all honesty there were a fair few times when I felt instead like throwing the bible squarely back at Rick. In a nutshell, when Rick is on form he is undeniably correct and you wil find yourself at the very least actively nodding in agreement.On the other side, Rick can be infuriating to listen to. When he's right he's spot on...otherwide he's totally off the mark. There's no inbetween or grey. For example Rick states that we are 'slaves to God'..on number of occasions his use of language frustrated and even offended. Three stars though because there is a lot of good in this book....best taken in small doses.

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  • celine tretou
  • 01-26-15

Brilliant!

Thank you for such an eye opening book. It really helps understand what we are on earth for.
I recommend this book to all.

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  • Jonny Sampson
  • 08-13-16

It will change your life!

A must read for everyone, it has changed my life in ways I could not have imagined. 🎉

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  • Mrs S :-)
  • 07-22-16

just what I needed right now! !

If you are going through the valley. .or if you need spiritual strength with honest tell it as it is scripture then listen to this. ..hard to hear at times but it's the truth! !

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  • Juls
  • 05-19-16

faith building

I can only recommend this book, it is wonderful that the author is the Narrator

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  • Charlene
  • 07-26-20

Amazing!

I have learned so much from this book. I am going to listen to it again and make notes. I have recommended it to all my friends!

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  • Pauline T
  • 11-06-16

Every Christian believer should hear this.

This book is a life changer. I should have read this earlier in my life.

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  • Ms. Y. Ngosa
  • 04-24-16

Enjoyed it

A must read this book. One if the best books I've read or listened to. Definitely going to buy a hard copy or kindle version for reference. one of those books you keep reading again. Great book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-30-20

Absolutely powerful!

I really enjoyed listening to this wonderful book. It really delves into some really important and existential discussions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-20

Amazing book for daily reflection

Amazing daily reflection. The thing to ponder about was a nice closer leading to reflection and conversation of our life.

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  • Sitiveni
  • 09-24-18

Very inspiring

Very inspiring book about God’s purpose for our lives with a focus on serving others. Rick Warren has tremendous amounts of character and that shines through in this audiobook. An excellent book, not my favourite but definitely a fantastic book

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  • Brenton
  • 05-28-20

Could've been great but not as described.

So I turned this off after listening to a minute or two of it. It isn't narrated by Rick Warren and has a loud piano drowning out any message that is trying to be conveyed by it. Story rated 3 stars as was unable to listen to all of it. I chose this solely because I was hoping to hear the author narrate this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-20

Brilliant!

Extremely moving, thought - provoking, godly book. One of the best books I've ever read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-20

Purpose driven life

Great book to listen to for all Christians , study this book and apply it to your life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-19

Thought provoking & Simple to understand

Loved it so much I now own a physical & audio copy :) Thought provoking & Simple to understand. It's such a GREAT biblical based teaching that I share it with friends & family all the time. We often underestimate ourselves & our talents. Pastor Rick Warren lovingly reminds us of our created purpose. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-19

Great book really insightful.

Did over love the beginning and end to each chapter the ladies voice was a little frustrating. but the book and content was fantastic. I will definitely be recommending it to others.

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  • Nina
  • 02-23-17

Sound quality not great

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The final section of this book was not as strong in sound quality as the rest of the book.

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  • Emily
  • 05-24-15

Biblical based

I must have overlooked the section warning me this was biblically based. I tried to persevere and find some key learnings but was unable to.

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