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Book Watch by Travel Man: The Purpose-Driven Life and One Day at a Time

Updated on May 10, 2012

Searching for the two books

The summer of 2012 saw me cleaning the closet of my friend, as she requested last Holy Week (April 2-6), being the lone occupant of the boarding house as they went to our province in Bicol, Philippines.

I had to get rid of rat's dry feces, remains of dead cockroaches, spider webs amid the boxes of papers and books.

Books? I don't always throw books, even its covers are worn out already. Since my elementary days, I've been collecting story books (fiction or non-fiction) and used to read voraciously until the wee hours of the night with just a gas lamp illuminating my room.

Three decades after, I lost count of the books I treasured and stored at my personal library at home. Some were lost during typhoons but those that were salvaged to safety (sun-dried and all) are all kept in my personal plastic closet.

As long as my eyesight never fails me to read valuable books, I'll continue sharing it here on Hubpages.

You'll ask why my Book Watch series often feature two books, ain't it better to have two coffee books at one setting.

My reading regimen includes book-hopping at the same time. At least I can compare the works of two authors with same theme, like what I'm going to feature here.

Read on, I will not keep you guessing.

Book cover of The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Photo by Travel Man)
Book cover of The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Photo by Travel Man)

What on Earth am I here for?

The existence of a MAN is often coupled with questions, such as:

  1. "Who am I?"
  2. "What on Earth am I here for?"

The first question can be answered by a thought-provoking essay, that I did during my college entrance examination in the 90s. Knowing myself, through the answers from the Bible is the best I can write on that yellow pad paper. I did received a passing grade of 99 but still, there's a vacuum-feeling that only half-truths were written and dictated by my mind in order to pass the test.

The second question is always the "hot issue" of the people of this world. Many of us will always ask why we exist if we don't have a purpose in life.

Rick Warren's devotional book titled 'The Purpose-Driven Life' allows the reader to have a spiritual journey for 40 days.

With the passages and viable lessons collated from the Bible, you and I will learn how to renew our goals and see the results as we start our journey from the first up to the last page of this book.

Rick Warren, the author

Richard Duane "Rick" Warren (born January 28, 1954) is an American evangelical Christian minister and author.

He's a New York Times bestselling author, since the publication of The Purpose Driven Life.

His popularity reached the White House when US President Barak Obama requested him to give the invocation during his presidential inauguration.

Book cover of One Day at a Time by Francis Kong (Photo by Travel Man)
Book cover of One Day at a Time by Francis Kong (Photo by Travel Man)

Moments of Greatness

Motivational speaker Francis Kong of the Philippines authored series of this book, One Day at a Time, wherein I had my copy of the Book 3.

It features stories of successes and failures, about personality development, inspirations from other people's achievements and struggles of human beings than can be seen in our daily existence.

Every pages of this book will move you as it enthralls readers to submit himself/herself to the communion with God, His teachings through Jesus Christ's dwellings here on Earth and affirmed by the Holy Bible.

Little did we know that those most famous people have their own peculiarities in life that they died poor; much poorer that those mendicants asking for meals through begging on the streets.

The bottom-line of this book is that: Success can never be measured by money.

You'll have to find out further, if you can grab a copy of this at the nearest bookstore.

Note: It's not available at the Amazon eStore. I hope it will be in the future because Mr. Kong's books are receiving awards and hot reviews here in the Philippines.

Francis Kong, a motivational speaker and author

Francis Kong is one of the few Filipinos to date that is gifted in inspiring his fellowmen through public speaking. A well-known businessmen and motivational speaker, he recorded his experiences through his inspirational books, like, One Day a a Time.


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Di Chrystelle: These are books with definite purpose, if you want to attain success in life. We can learn lots of ideas from those who already experienced it.

      I combined reading these books because I felt the continuity of my search for life's contentment and able to practice what I've learned from it.

      Thanks for taking your time here at my hub. :D

    • Di Chrystelle profile image

      Di Chrystelle 

      6 years ago

      You've got lovely taste in literature. I quite enjoyed The Purpose Driven Life myself. Kudos!

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: You're right. You didn't have to use batteries or charge your gadget anymore.

      It's because, you're still holding the old fashioned, hardbound books that you'll just close , if you'll get tired of reading.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Denise Handlon: Hi, Ms. D! Thanks for expounding on the importance of books, even how tangible or bulky it is. :D

      It will always trigger my imagination as I peruse the pages of the book I'm reading.

      Unlike those with metal screen (as in Kindle, laptop, etc.). it can harm my eyes with the radiation that it will emit.

    • earthbound1974 profile image


      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Books still stir my imagination about the stories I'm reading.

      Unlike, when you're reading online at the computer, I still prefer the feel of the pages and smell of the book I'm perusing.

      I will never get tired of reading books.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a wonderful hub about the importance of, not just specific books, as you have mentioned here, but in books in general. I agree-as long as I can see I most certainly will have books. I enjoy the feel of them, holding them in my hands, as opposed to a metal screen. I enjoy the smell of the pages. I enjoy reading (children's books) aloud. I enjoy hearing my grandchildren read aloud. Thanks for promoting BOOKS!

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Angelme566: I am doing what you've done reading the book of Sir Richard Kong or even that of Sir Rick Warren's.

      Although, the first one is inspiring me due to the true stories being shared by the Mr. Kong, Mr. Warren's technique is to keep you reading his book due to its devotional content for 40 days.

    • Angelme566 profile image


      6 years ago

      I have this kind of book...and have read but i keep on jumping from one p[age to other..depends on my mood.


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