Rick Warren of Saddleback Church (30,000 members) is best known for his book, The Purpose Driven Life, but this 2012 updated version of his “purpose” philosophy is also an excellent, helpful read. Warren deals with questions we all have asked ourselves: “Why am I alive? Does My Life Matter? What is my purpose in life?” This last question is perhaps one of the most important questions that will drive our introspections. Warren states that we should discover our purpose because it will…

…explain the meaning of your life.

…simplify your life.

…increase your motivation.

…prepare you for eternity.

This book deals with the “purpose issue” of The Purpose Driven Life, but includes the little phone “thingies” to scan as well as http://www.whateever.com to go to for each day. Where The Purpose Driven Life was a “40 day spiritual journey,” this one is set up for 42 days as it presents an in-depth examination of the question, “What am I Here for”? Many different translations of the Bible are used, but all answers and suggestions are scripturally based.

I ingested this book, a chapter a day for the whole 42 days, meditating on each chapter’s message throughout the day, and I often came up with my own answers to “So what”? and “What’s it to me”? (I was fortunate our church librarian was generous about due dates and the number of times she allowed me to renew the book!)

This is a book I highly recommend to anyone wishing to add purpose and meaning to their daily Christian walk.


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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