The theme of The Principle of the Path is “how to get from where you are to where you want to be.” Each one of us have dreams and wishes, but in the journey of life we have to compromise some of them. But in some corner of our heart, such a dream still persists and we move on thinking that it will remain unfulfilled.
The dreams may be related to our personal lives, in the area of our jobs, relationships or marriage (or anything else of your choice). Andy Stanley wants us to reach our destination. He says that we are not able to reach our destination not because of lack of determination, but rather due to lack of direction.
This may look strange to us, because often we have heard that we must possess a lot of determination to achieve our goals. But taking the example from a very simple incident in his personal life, the author stresses that it’s direction not determination that decides our destination.
He explains that even the small decisions we take have the power to change the course of our lives. So it is important to be careful in every decision we make. We should not reach a position where we do not want to be suddenly or accidentally. We reach the point only after a series of actions we take.
God gives us signals beforehand of what is in store for us if we take the path or direction we are now following. If we ignore those signals, we will have to repent in the end. The author takes the example of various Biblical characters who yielded themselves before God and asked for His advice in their lives.
The book is well researched. The first chapter with a perfect example explains the theme of the book. But there will be points in the book where you will be forced to look at your personal lives. Sometimes, you will feel angry with the book. But you must read on, since you must have a relook into your life and decide your future course of action accordingly.
Stanley is a pastor. The biblical examples of Solomon and David taken for the context of the book help us to understand many things from our personal lives.