Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley (Review)

Book Description

Your Direction, not Your Intention, Determines Your Destination. There is often a tension between where we want to end up in life and the path we choose to get there. We fail to see that having good intentions is never good enough. Like Charlie Brown, we wrongly believe there’s something to be said for trying hard. We need to understand why, in spite of our good intentions, we may have ended up at the wrong destination with our finances, our marriages, our careers, or a host of other dreams. So how do we get from where we are to where we truly want to be? The Principle of the Path is a road map to proper direction and discipline.

Includes Extensive Study Guide.

My Review:

 "Direction, not intention, determines destination."

This is the main theme of The Principle of the Path. I loved this book and will keep it to reference back too. I took pages and pages of notes. I was impressed with the personal examples from his life and the bible he used to back up his points. The book is easy to read and understand. I could do a post with nothing but quotations from it. Some things that stood out to me include:

" To get from where we don't want to be to where we do want to be requires two things: time and a change of direction. " p. 11

" Your current direction will determine your destination." p. 15

" Life is short. The seasons of life pass quickly. And each season is connected to the one that follows. Today's decisions create tomorrow's experiences." p. 55

"  We eat because it makes us happy. Then one day we look in the mirror and what we see makes us sick. " p. 60

" Every path has a destination... Divine direction begins with submission. Information is not enough. Insight is not enough. We need God." p. 95

I have more but I will just say: read this book. To change your life you have embrace the principles found in it. You have to act on it. The principles will still be there happening in your life anyway. The difference is using them to improve your life. It has provided me much food for thought and some of it not pleasant. It is not easy to change or acknowledge the good and bad about our lives. Highly Recommended. :)

About the Author

Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one campus to three in the Atlanta area, and has helped plant fourteen strategic partner churches throughout the United States. Each Sunday, over 20,000 adults attend worship services at one of NPM’s three campuses. Andy’s books include It Came From Within, Communicating for a Change, Making Vision Stick, and The Next Generation Leader. Andy lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife, Sandra, and their three children.
Review copy provided by publisher through BookSneeze program.

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