Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren

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Doubleday, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 325 pages
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Rick Warren is arguably the most influential man in American religion today. Megachurch pastor, friend of world leaders, and trend-setting spiritual entrepreneur, he is widely recognized as the new public face of evangelical Christianity in America. No other modern churchman has matched his success as a leader and motivator of Christians. His book,The Purpose-Driven Life,is the bestselling nonfiction hardcover of all time, with more than 25 million copies sold. At a time when evangelicalism stands at a political and cultural crossroads, his stature continues to rise.

But who is Rick Warren? What can be learned from the story of the man behind the message? And what does his life say about the state of Christianity today?

Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren
traces the road Warren has traveled, the influences in his life, his trials and temptations, and the opposition he has encountered along the way. Honest, thorough, and insightful, it explores his spiritual coming of age during the turbulent 1960s, his principled determination to sit out the divisive battles between fundamentalists and moderates in the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 1970s, and his audacious endeavor in the 1980s to build a “church for people who hate church” in the suburbs of Los Angeles. From a handful of worshippers meeting in a tiny apartment, he grew a vibrant congregation of over 22,000 and a global network of pastors who follow his strategies for building churches and transforming lives. In this unofficial biography, Jeffery L. Sheler, who had unfettered access to Warren and those closest to him, presents an intimate portrait of Warren as a man of faith and vision but also of flesh and blood and human foibles–a pastor, communicator, philanthropist, and family man who is driven by a sense of divine purpose to complete the course his God has set before him.

Prophet of Purposebrings Warren and his mission to life and provides a provocative glimpse into the potential future of Christianity in America.

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User Review  - fmweiler - LibraryThing

After 10 minuets of reading/listening I'm hooked. So far a great book! The Author seems determined at times to give R. Warren a liberal leaning, by at times going into rant's that has little to do ... Read full review

PROPHET OF PURPOSE: The Life of Rick Warren

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Uncritical but detailed biography of one of America's most influential living religious figures.U.S. News & World Report contributing editor Sheler (Is the Bible True?, 1999) provides a needed ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

\JEFFERY L. SHELER reported for U.S. News & World Report for 24 years, including 15 years as the religion editor, and is a contributing editor for the magazine. He is the author of Is the Bible True? and Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America. He lives in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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