Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 8, 2011

Decisions>Direction>Destination: every first step is a step down a path

“The Principle of the Path” by Andy Stanley is a guide to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.  It is Stanley’s attempt to explain why so many people have a particular goal for their life but somehow end up lost, confused and wondering how they got so far off track.

Stanley points out that the decisions you make lead you in a particular direction when eventually takes you to your final destination whether good or bad.  If you wake up one day and wonder how you got into so much debt or why your marriage is failing, this book will help you discover the path you took to get there and, if possible, show you how to find the right path to lead you to your preferred destination.   For some, the dreams you once had are lost forever because there isn’t enough time to take a detour and get back on the right track or something unforeseen happens in your life.  The last chapter will help you deal with these situations and show you grace and mercy you can apply.

Young adults in high school and college should definitely read this book.  If they apply Stanley’s wisdom to their decision-making in their late teens and early twenties, their lives will be more successful and more fulfilling than if they make wrong choices and end up in bad relationships, deep in debt or worse.  They may relate to his anecdotes better.

I personally tired of the examples from his personal life.  I also felt like each chapter was similar to the one before it.  It almost seemed like he was trying to lead up to a climax of revealing something extraordinary when really, if we’ve lived long enough, we are able to figure it out for ourselves—the very reason I believe this book is primarily for a young audience—those who haven’t figured it out yet and who won’t listen to mom and dad but need someone wiser to tell them.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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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