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The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Scritto da Andy Stanley

Narrato da Jon Gauger


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The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Scritto da Andy Stanley

Narrato da Jon Gauger

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Mar 31, 2009
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9781608145409
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Why is it that so many people start out with a clear mental picture of where they want to be relationally, financially, and professionally and yet years later find themselves far from their desired destination? Why do our expectations about our own future often go unmet? What if you knew the answer to those questions? What if there was one simple idea that explained why so many people get lost along the way?

There is.

It's called The Principle of the Path. And not only does it explain the disappointment and regret that characterize the lives of so many, but it also provides a way for you to be the exception. As you are about to discover, the principle of the path is at work in your life every single day. Once embraced, this compelling principle will empower you to identify and follow the path that leads to your desired destination. And this same principle will enable you to avoid life-wasting detours along the way.

©2009 Andy Stanley; (P)2009 Oasis Audio

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Andy Stanley, like his father, Charles Stanley, carries on a tradition of excellence in ministry. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the founding pastor of North Point Community Church, Andy serves as keynote speaker for the Big Stuf Student Camps in Panama City, Florida, each summer. Stuart Hall serves as the director of training for XP3 Students and also leads DASH INC, an organization he founded in 2000 to develop spiritually influential students that engage culture. He has co-authored three books: The Seven Checkpoints: Seven Principles Every Teenager Needs to Know, MAX Q: Developing Students of Influence with Andy Stanley, and the leadership edition of Wired: For a Life of Worship with Louie Giglio. In his spare time, he serves as a community varsity girls basketball coach for the two-time defending state champion Buford Lady Wolves. summer.


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  • (2/5)
    A review copy of this book was provided by Book Sneeze.The message in this book was a great one. Good choices and intentions are not all that lead a person to where they want to be. Not being a very spiritual person (in the sense that I don't go to church) I sometimes forget that if I do not let God into my life then my choices aren't what God wants me to choose. And even though I'm not spiritual I do realize that if I block God from my life than my life will not take the path I am supposed to be on.Having said that I have to say that this one took me forever to read (literally I think I've had this for a year and a half). It has a good message, I didn't feel it as being "preachy", and I agreed with most of what the author was saying. The problem was that I got so bored with reading it. It wasn't stimulating enough to keep my interest very long. I would read a few pages, set it down and dread coming back to it. The other day I realized I only had 50 or so pages left so I made myself set down and finally finish it, and even 50 pages took me forever.Again, I liked the message I just didn't connect with the writing.
  • (5/5)
    It really seems like a no-brainer: if you don't like where you're headed, get off that path. If you stick to a path, you'll end up where it leads. And in the physical world, it is a no-brainer.But spiritually, financially, and many other ways, people ignore this simple premise. They continue to do the same things, thinking that it will give them different results, and then wonder why things turned out the way that they did. Andy Stanley's book really does tell you "how to get from where you are to where you want to be."The most important lesson in this book, I think, is that intention doesn't matter. Sincerity doesn't matter. Direction matters. You can be sincere, but if you're sincerely wrong, you will fail. This is true in business, in our interpersonal relations, and in our spiritual lives as well.The book is an easy read, and serves as an outstanding starting point for a lot of different discussions. It would make for a great book club book; in fact, there is a 20 page study guide at the end of the book that facilitates book club discussion rather well.
  • (5/5)
    "Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7)These are not new words, not to many Christians and not to Andy Stanley, Pastor of North Point Church in Alpharetta, GA.In his book, 'The Principle of the Path: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be', these words are expounded in an authentic, genuine, conversational style prompting the reader to consider many of the choices made in their lives in light of an unyielding principle.So simple and still so profound is the key message "Direction - not intention - determines your destination." With engaging and often comical recollections of his sometimes 'unwise' decisions, Pastor Stanley addresses many of the causes and effects of the decisions we make.I particularly enjoyed the reference to Shanti Feldman's book, 'For Parents Only' and the study claiming that the frontal lobe of the human brain does not fully develop until the mid twenties offering a physical cause for the 'mistakes of youth'.Bible study students will identify with the many references to Proverbs and the examination of two great Old Testament men, King David and his son Solomon.Perhaps the most resilient herald in the book is the statement that the Principle is unyielding, unforgiving, and not prejudicial. You will reach the destination of the path you are on. It is in your best interest to acknowledge and examine your what direction you are headed.Small Group LeadersAs an additional bonus, a 10 Lesson Study Guide is included in the back of the book providing those interested in delving deeper and applying the ideas presented . A great resource and compliment to the book.
  • (4/5)
    Nice book to think about current habits that need changing.
  • (5/5)
    Really loved this and was stretched in all the right places. Thanks Andy. Thanks God.
  • (5/5)
    Simply amazing!
    - It feels like we have the same thoughts... and it’s not the first book that made me feel this way.
    - I love the books with the bible references, and your books have just the right amount of them.
    - Your books seem different and I like that vibe
    - In the last few years I wondered what would I tell me if I could go back in time (exactly what you’re saying in one of the chapters). I ended up believing that it wouldn’t have been a big difference though. There are some thoughts that I’ve kept for myself and I also found them in your books, it’s just amazing.
    - Another exact thought we had, and I just realized this in the last year or so: it’s the first time we’re doing whatever we’re doing and no one knows best. Even in business (mostly start-up), it’s the first time someone is doing something, it pretty much has no idea what he’s doing, it’s his first time in this area, in this niche.

    Short background: I’m currently reading the bible (I’m mostly interested in its wisdom and practical side), I’m also into self-discipline and daily habits, virtues, bad habits breaking, etc...
    That’s why I said it’s not like the usual “self-help” book, it’s something new.

    This book will bring new information to you, even if you have read many books on this subject.
  • (5/5)
    This book helps one to understand how to navigate life's journey and make regret free decisions.
  • (5/5)

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    Phenomenal, life changing, simple truths from the WORD of GOD, and from life's lessons of living either on the Path or trying to get there. This is a book that should remain close to the reader and pulled out often. Especially before making a possible Path-Altering decision. A must read!

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  • (5/5)
    This book doesn’t mince words, the author tells it like it is and sometimes that’s a hard thing to hear. But if you are somewhere you don’t want to be, then you need this book. He’s not just talking spiritually, he’s talking everything.Are you having financial, relationship, personal, and/or employment problems? If so, you need to stop and figure out what you need to change and how to do it. The author offers Bible and personal stories from his ministry to help you find the right direction. He gives you questions to ask yourself and explains how to tell yourself the truth, instead of the lies that got you in the mess in the first place. Honesty is the best policy, even to ourselves. Everyone else sees through the lies we tell them and us, so save yourself the trouble and don’t lie in the first place.His next section made me really think. Attention determines direction, so where is your attention? What are you spending your time doing? That will be the direction you are going. Do you really want to go that way? Do you want to get out of debt, but you need to buy the latest gadget no matter what the cost? Do you want to marry someone you respect and adore, but you troll bars where the less then desirable members of society hang out? Do you want a promotion, but you arrive late and leave early whenever its convenient(more often than not?) These are tough questions, but direction determines your destination and many of us start out on the wrong road and years later wonder what happened. Decide where you want to be and get started going that direction and doing the things that will get you there.I saw myself in this book. I’ve taken the easy way out more times than not and then wondered why I ended up without the job, education, or finances I really wanted. Where I am now is from the attention I placed on things in the past. I really can’t complain too much, but maybe a different major in college would have been a good idea, and if we had read Dave Ramsey years ago we would be better off financially now. Read this book and you will see yourself and maybe, like me, you will have the desire to make a course correction and get on the right path again.Everything you do determines where you end up in life. Think about it and I bet you can see times you took the wrong path. What’s amazing is, that it’s not always your parents fault.I enjoyed this book, maybe not the fact that I now realize how many times I've screwed up and lost my direction, but it was well worth reading. It is short and to the point, take a few hours and discover a thing or two about yourself.
  • (3/5)
    Have you ever wondered how you ended up here? Is your reality a far cry from your dreams? Are you a young adult in the midst of life’s important questions about marriage, career and fulfillment? Andy Stanley offers a refreshing look at ancient wisdom about our chosen roads in “The Principle of the Path”. Using an incredibly powerful analogy – modern-day driving – this little gem reminds its readers over and over that “what captures our attention influences our direction. Attention, direction, destination…and as your attention goes, so goes your life.”Stanley begins his study with an explanation of a principle, which is much different that a law or a rule one follows. Principles operate in the background of our lives, whether we are aware of them or not. They remain true, even if we dispute their existence. And the Principle of the Path impacts our destinations, even if we don’t know about it or choose to leverage it in our lives. “Just as there are physical paths that lead to predictable physical locations, there are other kinds of paths that are equally predictable.” Through careful scrutiny of the lives of Kings Saul, David, Solomon and Reheboam in the Old Testament the author demonstrates this principle in action. He first asks us to examine our own hearts, where “the problem stems from the fact that we are not on a truth quest”. Indeed, he convincingly argues, most of us are on a “happiness quest”, which more often than not ultimately leads us to unhappiness.Throughout this book, Stanley asks tough questions that forced me to “pull over” and search my heart’s true desires and God’s call for my life. “Why do I hesitate to give God full access to every part of my life? How does God describe the human heart? How does this truth complicate things for [me]?” Stanley points us to God’s Truth by way of Israel’s great kings: David obediently following God’s path instead of conventional wisdom when he had the opportunity to kill King Saul in a cave; King Solomon’s happiness quest in accumulating seven hundred wives - many of whom worshiped foreign gods; and Rehoboam’s foolish choice to follow his peers’ direction over that of his father’s advisors.Initially, “The Principle of the Path” seemed to smack of “prosperity gospel”, a step-by-step guide to “attain the life and lifestyle [you] have always dreamed of.” I felt oddly uncomfortable as I read the first few chapters in which the author encourages his readers with the promise that the Principle of the Path’s power is available to anyone who is willing to leverage it.” By the end of the third chapter, I found myself caught myself being overly critical of Stanley’s message about our “destinations”. After all, Jesus calls us to much more than power and success in life.I am glad, however, that I kept reading. By the fourth chapter, “The Heart of the Matter” Mr. Stanley takes us through an in-depth look at wisdom, truth, integrity and common sense. The reminders from the Bible to take refuge from danger, to seek out advice from those older and wiser, and to pay attention to things that matter were quite practically helpful. Nonetheless, this author still seemed to miss God’s ultimate desire for each of us – to embody and personify His Love as we journey through life.After an incredibly difficult year for me personally, this book’s true redemption was Mr. Stanley’s compassion for those inevitable times when all of us receive “information that serves as a stake through the heart of our dreams” – lost chances, a loved one’s death, a friend’s betrayal, and the point in time when we realize “that dream isn’t coming true.” This author doesn’t simply offer a clear and biblical road map for leaning on God to get us where we want to go. In his chapter “Road Closed” he also offers God’s healing balm of love and mercy for those of us faced with a destination not of our own choosing as we continue to trust the One who has led us here.With a wonderfully probing study guide and relevant stories, Stanley’s work would make a great ten-week Bible study for any individual or small group that wants to understand the discrepancy between our hearts and our choices. Stanley captures the importance of living now – with an eye on the future – while offering hope for a change in direction when we find ourselves drifting from God’s clear guidance. Andy Stanley’s ability to show us God’s wisdom in such practical ways makes this book a must-read for Christians at any point on the “road of life”, whether you are a high school senior just pulling onto life’s entrance ramp or a grandparent whose own destination may be clearly in sight.