Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Principle of the Path - By Andy Stanley

How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

What if there is a single unifying principle that governs what happens not only on the highway but in every area of life? Andy Stanley calls it the "principle of the path". He also claims that embracing the principle of the path is the key to avoiding regret. This is really a very simple principle, and yet it is what I would consider un-common sense. Direction - not intention- determines your destination. The choices that we make all lead to consequences. Andy Stanly relates this to being on a path and reaching your destination based on the direction of the path. If you want to reach a certain goal or destination you need to be on the right "path" by making choices to support your goal. I originally thought this was a self-help book, but in Chapter 1 Andy Stanly clearly states, "This is not a self-help book. I'm not offering you a formula. I'm not going to provide you with seven steps. My intention is to bring your attention to a dynamic that is operating in the background of your life." This book was good, and this principle is true! I wish I had followed this principle earlier in my own life. Divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and most other heartaches are the result of a consistent pattern of bad choices. If you want to change your direction read this book. The Principle of the Path also includes a 25 page study guide at the end of the book for group study or individual reflection.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers 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.

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