Principle of the Path Review

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Princple of the Path by Andy Stanley review

"Princple of the Path" by Andy Stanley review

The last book that I read by Andy Stanley was “the best question ever
You might be wondering what is the best question ever? Honestly I could not tell you because I never finished the book. But I took full opportunity and the responsibility of reading and writing a review to heart and have finished Principle of the Path.

I would give Principle of the Path a 2 out of 5 “CS Lewis’s” (see my grading scale).
And here is why:

What I liked:
Though it was a very simple principle, “the path we take leads to our destiny”, Stanley did a good job of breathing new life into this idea.
He caught my attention with a quote on page 11, “Wouldn’t it be great if there were a yellow brick road that led to wherever it is you want to go in life?” As simple as that sounds, I found myself answering with a yes. I would love to know where I am going in life and I am sure you feel the same way. And though we know that there is no yellow brick road that appears in life, Stanley does his best to help us see a path that we can take. He suggests several methods to find this path: scripture, friends, and common sense is just a couple of recommendations that are found outlined in each chapter.
According to Stanley, “Direction-not intention-determines our path.” This was obvious to me, but was helpful to read it again. What impacted me the most was his use of story and scripture to illustrate this idea of the path. Solomon was the main example used in scripture to illustrate wise decisions.
It is amazing to see in scripture that these men and women were no different than me, and that they made foolish decisions and took paths that led them no where. This was my favorite part of the book.

One of my favorite chapters was chapter 5, entitled “The Heart of the Matter.”
In this chapter Stanley references his coffee buying habits and his justification for spending the money and the feeling that coffee brings him. It reminds me of my post on coffee. This chapter talks about the justification that we go through to make ourselves feel better about decisions we make. The chapter ends with these questions:
1) Why do I do what I do?
2) Do I justify things?
3) Do I lie to myself?
4) Why do I do what I do?
5) What would I advise someone else to do?

This chapter is the best chapter of the book and helps put something’s in perspective.
It gets to the heart of the matter and tears away the excuses we make and the justification of our decisions. Definitely worth reading this book for this chapter.

What I didn’t like:
What I did not like about this book was that it took a very big idea and principle and made it seem obvious. Like it was a very easy thing, and if you made these decisions and followed this principle life would be great. It seemed like he was talking down to you and not with you. I do not feel like he was saying he had it all figured out, but it seemed like he had made it, like he was talking at you and not with you.

Overall this book is highly recommended. It is a quick and easy read. It flows very well and Stanley does a good job of taking some personal experiences, scripture, and practical advise to share a very huge principle, the principle of the path.

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
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