Book Review: What on Earth am I Here For?
by Rick Warren
My Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)
Why Did I Read?
I read this 63-page booklet because our church was giving them away. I read The Purpose Driven Life many years ago, also by Rick Warren, and I loved that one so I thought I would read this, too.
Summary (from the back of the book)
You can live the life you were meant to live.
This small booklet answers life’s three biggest 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?
Knowing your purpose in life will:
- Give your life meaning
- Simplify your life
- Focus your life
- Increase your motivation
- Prepare you for eternity
Discover the principles that have transformed millions of lives around the world. Excerpted from The Purpose Driven Life: “The bestselling non-fiction hardback in history.” – Publishers Weekly
What Did I Think/Recommendation:
I loved Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life. This booklet seemed to be a condensed version of The Purpose Driven Life.
I love that this booklet is a very quick and easy read at only 63 pages. It is filled with lots of wisdom and ideas, but I could not give this 5 stars because I was really turned off by the line on the first page, written in bold: “you won’t discover your life’s meaning by looking within yourself.” Honestly, I stopped right there and put the book away for a few weeks before I decided to continue on with it. As the author of a book about self-love and someone who did find God and my life’s purpose by looking within myself, it was hard for me to get past that line. I believe there are as many paths to God as there are people, and it is a turnoff to me when someone thinks that their way is the only right way. I’m glad I did eventually pick the book back up and continue with it because there is a lot of good content in the book. I certainly don’t agree with everything he says, but the parts that I do agree with and accept as truth are very comforting. Regardless of your beliefs, it does make you think about life.