Bizweni Reading List: Andy Stanley - The Principle of the Path

Reviewed by Justus Swart

All of us, at some point in our lives, have been told that our time on earth is something of a journey. Some might refer to it as a road, others a path; but suffice it to say that the idea that we are moving from one point to another is essentially undeniable. The only question then is: where does your path lead?

Many of us bravely stepped into adolescence ready to take on the journey armed with all the best intentions of arriving at our intended destination. Yet somehow, we manage to end up at the wrong place. Despite our best efforts to get where we want to be, we end up getting lost and wasting precious time, only to get back to where we started.

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In his book, The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley unpacks and explains why this is such a common occurrence, even for the smartest of people. He carefully dismantles the kind of thinking which suggests that we have the power to make decisions today that have no effect on tomorrow. He reminds us that we are all affected by one simple principle that, if ignored, could lead us astray, but if recognized, could be leveraged for our benefit.

“This is not a self-help book. I’m not offering a formula. I’m not going to provide you with seven steps. My intention is to bring to your attention a dynamic that is operating in the background of your life.” – Andy Stanley

With great insight, and a dash of humour, Stanley walks us through one particular principle by relating it to his own life experiences as a pastor in Georgia, USA. For many of us the journey may be complex and our destination barred by numerous obstacles. Here, in The Principle of the Path, Stanley equips us to deal with these challenges by unpacking wisdom and practical guidance from many fascinating Bible stories. If you know where you want to be but need help in knowing how to get there, I highly recommend that you read this book!

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