Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

We read this book in our Friday morning Life Group.  The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley is a book I think that every young person should read before they turn 18.  We all know that the choices we make today affect us tomorrow.  But do you ever stop and think that the choices you make today are going to affect you 5-10-15-20 years from now?  That is what this book causes you to do.

I like how the book made me stop and think about the choices I've made in my life.  And then he gives us a road map for getting where we would like to be.

Some highlights are:
* "To get from where we don't want to be to where we do want to be requires two things: time and a change of direction."
* "Direction-not intentions, hopes, dreams, prayers, beliefs, intellect, or education-determines destination."
* "We should break the habit of drawing a circle around individual decisions and events and dismissing them as isolated occurrences. These are steps. Steps that lead somewhere."
* "Prudent people look as far down the road as possible when making decisions."
* "Christians start talking about forgiveness as if somehow forgiveness serves as an escape hatch from the outcome of bad decisions."
* "When happiness points in one direction while wisdom, truth, integrity, and common sense point in another, that's when really smart people start doing really stupid things."
* "The choices are now. The outcomes are later. The decisions you make today have ramifications down the road."
* "One never accomplishes the will of God by breaking the law of God, violating the principles of God, or ignoring the wisdom of God."
* "I am constantly amazed at how resistant folks are to take their cues from people who are where they want to be."

This is one book I will make sure to have my girls read when they enter high school.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

Happy Reading! 

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