Some book reviews I put up are long winded, comprehensive, or thematic in nature; I do not believe that sort of review would do this text justice.
Rick Warren has been ridiculed, put under the microscope, and constantly pressured by a “lie that won’t die” (“Chrislam”), and yet remains passionate about the Gospel, consistent in his lifestyle, and committed to leaders and pastors around the U.S. and around the world.
At the end of the day, this is a book review, not a biography of the author. Purpose Driven Life (PDL) was extremely helpful for me to frame some of the Gospel truths which I’ve wrestled with over the years, and provides a straightforward, practical way of presenting the content.
One struggle I had with the text is that he consistently bounces between a great number of bible translations–which, though I don’t believe is inherently wrong, is a little difficult for me with continuity and I believe the temptation to utilize the version which best illustrates your point is greater.
This 10 year anniversary edition comes with two new chapters addressing barriers to living out our purpose. This is useful because Rick Warren is acknowledging the fluidity of our culture and seeks to maintain the relevance of the message in as precise a way as possible. In addition to the two new chapters, he has provided 42 chapter introductions and 42 audio messages to expand on the content within each chapter.
If you’ve not read PDL, do so. It may not be the most ground breaking thing you’ve ever picked up, but it definitely has that potential to be exactly what you needed.