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Friday, May 27, 2011

"The Principle of the Path" by Andy Stanley

The principle of the path is this: Direction, not intention, determines the path you pursue. We can intend on traveling down a particular road, whether it be relational, vocational, or financial, and find ourselves completely off course because we did not hold a proper view of the direction our choices were taking us.

Andy Stanley points out two different types of people in this world:

1. Those who live today like it has no connection whatsoever to tomorrow and
2. Those who live today as if it is connected to the future.

If you view today as having little to no impact on what is yet to come, you will find yourself traveling a very different path then the one you intended. Whether you believe it or not, every decision has an impact down the road. 

That big purchase you cannot afford right now may show up later when you are drowning in credit card debt. The lack of exercise and constant junk food binges may give you health problems as you advance in age. Maybe you think you think you are the exception to the rule, but Andy makes one thing very clear - there are no exceptions. Remember, direction, not intention, determines the path you pursue.

So how do we pursue the right path? This book will show you:
  • Divine direction first begins with unconditional submission, (Prov. 3:5,6)
  • Tips for seeking advice from those who have traveled the path before you, and
  • How to avoid distractions on the road.
This book also includes a study guide.

I truly enjoyed reading through "The Principle of the Path", especially since I am still "defining" my own direction and goals for my life. Andy's writing was very easy to follow and I liked his non-condescending, yet still convicting view. I often came across statements that had me thinking, "I wish I someone had told me that when I was a teenager!" Would I have listened? Probably not, but it's nice to think so. :)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are completely my own. Product link is an affiliate link.


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