The Gift

Growing up, I considered myself a Christian. I didn’t have a relationship with Christ, never prayed, and never read my Bible, but all my friends were Christians, so I was definitely one too.  And if something bad happened to someone, I probably told them I would pray for them. And maybe I really did pray for people who were having a hard time, I can’t remember.

When I was in college, I had a really hard time figuring out who I was and what I was supposed to be doing with my life.  During that time, I gave my life to Christ. After I became a Christian, I needed guidance.  I had not gone to church regularly in years.  I had no idea what my next steps should be, but I knew that I really wanted to change my life.  My sister knew what was going on, and she gifted me a book.  The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.  I know you are probably rolling your eyes because it’s the Purpose Driven Life, but to this day, this is one of the most impactful and life-changing gifts I have ever received.

The book was to be read with a friend.  You are to read one chapter a day for 40 days.  None of my friends would read it with me, so I read it by myself every night on the balcony of my college apartment. Reading through that book each night, I gained a little understanding of what it means to have a relationship with Christ and how that should look in my life.  For the first time, I started praying. I started longing for other Christian friends.  Christian friends who were pursuing God. After I read this book, I started looking for a church. I called one of my friends from high school and asked him for guidance on finding a church. He went with me to a our local college ministry to see if it was a good fit for me, and it was. It was perfect for me.  This was where I started my Purpose Driven Life journey.

Books are gifts. They can be life-changing.

If you have never read the Purpose Driven Life, I would love to encourage you to find a friend and read it.  It really is a special book. If you know someone new to the faith, there is no better gift you can give them.  And ask them if they would like for you to read it with them.

“I have come so that you may have abundant life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Our life is most abundant and full when we are living our purpose God has for us.

Have you ever read Purpose Driven Life?  What is the best gift you have ever received?


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  1. I love that you started a blog, Kristin! I’m looking forward to more entries! Like you, I grew up a Christian but it really didn’t hold any meaning until I was 27. It was the year that God really drew me close to Him in many different ways. I remember having the hunger to get to know Him more but I was thoroughly intimated by the Bible. I’m a bookworm and so I wanted to get a book that had a healthy amount of godly insight and biblical references. I got myself a copy of The Purpose Driven Life and it was THE book that helped me understand why I’m here and what I’m designed to do. I can clearly remember spending a good part of my morning just reading and reading and reading. I remember reflecting and writing down my thoughts as I finished each chapter. I can also clearly remember reading Romans at the same time and wanting to just be swallowed up by a sinkhole. LOL. It was the first time that God exposed the impurity of my heart by opening my eyes to His word. For the first time, I started getting to know Him. My copy of that book has notes and tear marks on it. I wasn’t the same person after reading it. It took me longer than 40 days because I re-read some chapters over and over again. I had given many people a copy as a gift, the most recent one was some time late last year. A friend of mine had so many questions about her life and relationship with God and so I thought it would be the perfect book for her to read.
    Another book that changed me was It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado. My recent favorite is Suprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian.

    1. That’s awesome Frances! Thanks for sharing that. I have always wanted to read It’s Not About Me. I am going to put both of those books on my book list šŸ™‚

  2. I love that you started a blog, Kristin! I’m looking forward to more entries! Like you, I grew up a Christian but it really didn’t hold any meaning until I was 27. It was the year that God really drew me close to Him in many different ways. I remember having the hunger to get to know Him more but I was thoroughly intimated by the Bible. I’m a bookworm and so I wanted to get a book that had a healthy amount of godly insight and biblical references. I got myself a copy of The Purpose Driven Life and it was THE book that helped me understand why I’m here and what I’m designed to do. I can clearly remember spending a good part of my morning just reading and reading and reading. I remember reflecting and writing down my thoughts as I finished each chapter. I can also clearly remember reading Romans at the same time and wanting to just be swallowed up by a sinkhole. LOL. It was the first time that God exposed the impurity of my heart by opening my eyes to His word. For the first time, I started getting to know Him. My copy of that book has notes and tear marks on it. I wasn’t the same person after reading it. It took me longer than 40 days because I re-read some chapters over and over again. I had given many people a copy as a gift, the most recent one was some time late last year. A friend of mine had so many questions about her life and relationship with God and so I thought it would be the perfect book for her to read.
    Another book that changed me was It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado. My recent favorite is Suprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian.

    1. That’s awesome Frances! Thanks for sharing that. I have always wanted to read It’s Not About Me. I am going to put both of those books on my book list šŸ™‚

  3. Kristin, I love this. Thank you so much for sharing. As a long time friend of yours I can completely relate. We lived in a small town, full of churches, and where you grew up as having that title of just being a christian. But what we didn’t know is the full affect of what that meant. Like you, I found my relationship with my jesus later on. It was not until I left tuscaloosa and come back to our little town did I realize what an amazing impact it was to “love” our God! I am not a reader what so ever. But i made myself read this book. And it truly changed my thinking! I have now passed it on to a friend hoping it may do the same for them.Today, I’m so thankful for your friendship even though we are miles away. So proud of who you have become and proud of you and your walk with the lord. Please keep posting. Much love to you and your sweet family!

  4. Kristin, I love this. Thank you so much for sharing. As a long time friend of yours I can completely relate. We lived in a small town, full of churches, and where you grew up as having that title of just being a christian. But what we didn’t know is the full affect of what that meant. Like you, I found my relationship with my jesus later on. It was not until I left tuscaloosa and come back to our little town did I realize what an amazing impact it was to “love” our God! I am not a reader what so ever. But i made myself read this book. And it truly changed my thinking! I have now passed it on to a friend hoping it may do the same for them.Today, I’m so thankful for your friendship even though we are miles away. So proud of who you have become and proud of you and your walk with the lord. Please keep posting. Much love to you and your sweet family!

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