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Friday, March 4, 2011

The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

This book isn't a self help book, but it can make your life a lot better. We've all done it. Made a bad choice and suffered the consequences. Life is really more than a series of choices, however. Each choice you make leads to a "path" and that path has a destination. The path is the basis of every part of life - relationships, finances, careers, etc. The author does an excellent job of exploring the obvious - all paths/choices have consequences and much of the time, we have the ability to make the right decisions about which paths to take. Have you ever thought to yourself? Why didn't I do it differently? Such as retirement - why didn't I save more? Or, you married someone who is not right for you. You ignored your reservations hoping it will all work out, but it doesn't.

The book is biblically based with stories and verses from the Bible. The Bible is truly a road map of human nature with wisdom to live life to the fullest. The author uses King David and King Solomon as some of the excellent examples of the Principle of the Path. Moreover, the author does not lecture, but rather takes a conversational approach to this subject. The author understands and explores other factors that cloud the decision of which path to take. The author acknowledges that it is not always easy to choose the right path and provides useful advice in an effort to help the reader learn to use tools that will give better insight of the destination of each path.

One excellent example of the depth of this book is the explanation for the verse: In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Prov. 3:6) In my opinion, that verse could easily be interpreted as no matter what choice you make, even when things get bad, acknowledge God and everything will work out. No, that is not what that verse means. The author provides an insightful explanation, but in short it means that when you acknowledge God, he will make the best path obvious. As the author contends, direction, not intention, determines our destination.

This is a must read for everyone in high school or college. I highly recommend it to everyone, though. I believe everyone, regardless of what stage in life they are at, will gain a lot from this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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