Book title: The Purpose Driven Life
Author: Rick WARREN
Publication year: 2002
Have you ever pondered on why you were created? Why you weren’t created a European but African? Why not Caucasian but Indian? Have you ever thought of the divine drive channelled into your making, I mean your DNA. But guess what, this is a unique book I just picked after someone I hold in high esteem recommended it for my reading. I almost wasn’t reviewing this, but if you haven’t read this book, you might just be missing a whole lot. This is Rick Warren, Listen to him.
Rick gets to unveil the divine way through which the discovery of one’s purpose is unveiled in this book of his. Going away from all other self-help books which he admits could be useful where determining one’s purpose is concerned, he reiterates that, it is the owner of a creation that can better tell what his invention is meant for. And then stating the importance of the inventor’s piece of manual which is always attached to every of his invention, – here he refers to the Bible.
Rick Warren talks about worship.
“Depending on your religious background, you may need to expand your understanding of “worship.” You may think of church services with singing, praying, and listening to a sermon.” (Pg 42.) The place of your local assembly of worship cannot be over emphasized. Here Rick talks of how much God values the services we render onto Him. This he tagged one of our purposes on earth. He reiterates that our service in our local assembly is a form of purpose we’re fulfilling, further stating that in our service to God we’re also worshipping Him. This is to correct the long-established notion that we can only worship God in our praises and singing of some solemn songs but it’s beyond that. Worshipping God according to Rick also involves the offering we give. So when someone ask you if you’ve worshipped God today and you’ve given someone a thousand naira bill, you’d better let such person know that you really Worshipped with all gladness.
I’ve heard lots of folks fault their failure on their parent, race, look, location and the likes. But Rick Warren is saying here that we were predestined whichever way we appear today. ‘God also planned where you’d be born and where you’d live for his purpose. Your race and nationality are no accident. God left no detail to chance. He planned it all for his purpose… (Pg 15)’. Rick admonishes that man wheresoever he finds himself has been made for a reason and there is the responsibility for him to discover that reason.
Reading Purpose driven life will expose your mind to some predestined divine orchestration of your life. Serving God with your skills or your service is a form of worship that touches the heart of God and in turn pays back for you. This is such a good read into the New Year. Pick it today and you will be proud you did.