Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life has become the bestselling non-fiction book of all time with more than 30 million copies sold, sparking a revolution in the modern evangelical church. In Prophet of Purpose, author and reporter Jeffery L. Sheler traces the road Warren has traveled, from growing up in Ukiah, California to megachurch pastor, bestselling author and advocate for global issues. Sheler also explores Warren's impact on the American church and evangelicalism, giving a glimpse into the potential future of Christianity in America. An inspiring read!
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Jeffery L. Sheler writes a powerful biography of one of the greatest Christian leaders of the century. Anyone who reads Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren will be challenged and inspired by the difference one life can make if its lived on purpose. Rick Warrens vision and friendship inspired me to start Woodlands Church on God s purposes." Kerry Shook, Senior Pastor of Woodlands Church and author of the New York Times best-selling book One Month to Live
"This book is a wonderful gift to all of those folks who know Rick Warren only as one of our most articulate and influential religious leaders. Jeff Sheler shows us a very human husband-father-pastor whose own very personal purpose-driven life is all the better because of doubts and set-backs experienced along the way." Richard J. Mouw, President of Fuller Theological Seminary
"Jeffery Sheler illuminates the journey Pastor Warren has taken from his childhood in Ukiah to the Saddleback Church. Sheler seamlessly tells the story not just of how Warren built his church and became a bestselling author, but how he became a moral voice on global poverty, HIV/AIDS and global climate change, issues that should call everyone from the faith community to get involved. A compelling read about a man in the middle of so many of the issues of our time." Senator John F. Kerry
"Prophet of Purpose is essential for anyone who wants to understand America's most prominent pastor and the tectonic shifts on the religious landscape he represents. Sheler's detailed account of Warren's background carries great explanatory power." David Neff, Editor-in-chief of Christianity Today
"Engaging and fair-minded … [Prophet of Purpose] allows the reader to appreciate just how remarkable Warrens rise to prominence really is." Alan Wolfe, Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College
From the Hardcover edition.