A principle is like a law that is operating all the time, such as the law of gravity, even if you don’t believe in it. The principle presented in “The Principle of the Path” by Andy Stanley is the actual path itself. Stanley believes that in order for us to truly arrive at the destination we intend it requires two things in our lives: time and change in direction. Even if we intend to end up somewhere, we will never reach that destination with out honing in on key principles on our path. Stanley’s key not on the principle of the path is that direction, not intention, determines destination. A lot of people in life do not end up where they wanted to be and they wonder why. It’s because no matter where they intended to be, they took a path that brought them somewhere else. It does not matter what your intentions are because you can’t arrive at a destination if you do not take the right path to get there.
“Direction-not intentions, hopes, dreams, prayers, beliefs, intellect, or educations-determines destination.”
I enjoyed reading and learning about “The Principle of the Path.” Although, I do not particularly enjoy reading any book, I found this to be more intriguing than other novels I have read because I felt like I was constantly being informed or taught about something new I hadn’t yet thought of. He argues that the path always wins. No matter how much to intend or pray for something to happen, the path you take is where you will end up. Also, Stanley’s writing was sometimes funny and even made me chuckle when he talks about “The Italian Job.” Stanley also does a good job of integrating God into his principle of the path. Even though, I am not a big reader, Stanley captured my interests with his book “the Principle of the path.”
“Prudent people look as far down the road as possible when making decisions.”