The purpose driven life (a review) - Chapter 7 - The reason for everything

Welcome to yet another episode in my quest to review the whole TPDL.

 

In this chapter, we are told that everything is for the glory of god. Then we are told how this is manifested. All creatures except for Man and fallen angels bring glory to god by default. We don't so we have to be saved before we can bring glory to magic sky man. I'm not sure what the poor demons have to do to bring glory to god. Learn to sing maybe?

 

Now rick tells us how to bring glory to god - you can worship him, use your gifts that he gave you, love other members of your church or tell other people about god. Rick says its very satisfying to help someone else find jesus. 

 

Then he asks how you are going to live for god. And he gives you a handy prayer that you can say to invite jesus into your heart, and welcomes you to the family of christ. This last bit is interesting, he obviously feels that he has now softened up the reader enough during the preceding 7 chapters that he can now get them to say the little spell and become a true christian (TM)  I haven't seen anything convincing in the past 7 chapters, but I suppose 15 million people can't be wrong, can they?

 

Just for fun I read the whole chapter to myself replacing the word god with "the teapot".

 

Here is a representative passage:

"None of us have given the teapot the full glory he deserves from our lives. This is the worst sin and the biggest mistake we can make. On the other hand, living for the teapot's glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives."

 

At the end he encourages the new convert to email him, and he'll send the emailer a booklet that he has written entitled "Your first steps for spiritual growth".

 

I'm thinking about emailing it, then I could see what he does with the email addresses.  I wonder how much spam I could expect back? Although I suppose it would be boring spam, so maybe not.

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