Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Review - The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For?

Ten years ago, The Purpose Driven Life was released and became the bestselling nonfiction hardback of all time. It still holds that distinction. So why release a new edition? According to author and pastor, Rick Warren, this book is for the new generation, those who were too young to read the original book.

But the message is the same and as timeless as ever: “It’s not about you,” Warren writes. He goes on to explain that because we were made for God’s purpose, we must “begin with God.” And until we realize this, we will never discover our life’s purpose. Upfront, Warren points out 5 biblical verses that spell out what our purposes are. He then presents a 42 day spiritual practice that, if you follow it (reading one short chapter a day), you will discover why you were born and what your mission on this earth is.

Warren’s writing is fresh, instructive, and inspirational. I believe that one of the reasons this book may transform your life, as it has transformed so many others’, is that it forces you to really think about and investigate your purpose. You have 42 days of immersion in biblical principles to do it, each chapter building upon the previous one. 

This new edition of The Purpose Driven Life includes two new chapters. There are also links to a 40-50 minute audio message at the end of each chapter that really help to drive home the teachings of each section. If you want to discover your purpose and transform you life, I highly recommend this book. If you want to help transform someone else’s life, give them a copy of The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For?

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Review: Lifesigns

Lifesigns: Tapping the Power of Synchronicity, Serendipity and Miracles, Alex Marcoux, Littleton, CO: Jenness, 2012, 224 pp

In her new book, Lifesigns, Tapping the Power of Synchronicity, Serendipity and Miracles, Alex Marcoux tackles a mysterious, intriguing, and sometimes frustrating topic. All of us have experienced signs from the Universe – although many people choose to call them, “coincidences” – but interpreting these experiences is another matter. Ms. Marcoux, however, suggests that we can do just that, developing a sort of two-way communication with the Universe that will guide us every step of the way.

In the introduction of Lifesigns, the author writes:

“What if we knew the Universe was giving us messages through synchronistic, serendipitous, or even unexplainable events? What if all we needed to do was develop a language with the Universe to interpret what Source is telling us? Wouldn’t we pay more attention and view life with awe and wonder if we could identify the signs as they emerge in our lives? Wouldn’t life become easier and richer?”

Yes, indeed, life would become easier and richer if we could converse with the Universe, and my life has also become richer for reading this excellent book. In Lifesigns, Ms. Marcoux tells us not only how to interpret these signs from the Universe, but how to call for the signs. By doing this, you truly become part of the process. There have been so many times in my life when I’ve been overwhelmed by synchronicities, with no way to interpret them, that I felt I was going crazy. Next time that happens, I will refer to this book.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I highly recommend Lifesigns: Tapping the Power of Synchronicity, Serendipity and Miracles. This is the best book about interpreting synchronicities that I have ever read!