New York Times bestselling author of The Purpose- Driven Life, Rick Warren, is set to embark on a celebration tour surrounding the two-year anniversary of the book's release.
"No one is more amazed than I am that this book has been so widely received and continues to sell," said Warren. "It's both astonishing and humbling."
The Purpose-Driven Life has sold an average of nearly 800,000 copies a month since its release 24 months ago.
During the tour, the West Coast author will speak to a variety of East Coast audiences in 16 events over 12 days. Warren will speak about "the renewal of purpose happening in America-the grassroots spiritual awakening that has been reported in dozens of national newspapers."
"I believe that we are possibly on the verge of a New Reformation in Christianity and another Great Awakening in our nation," said Warren. "The signs are everywhere, including the popularity of this book."
Warren's strategy is to use the tour to speak to different groups of what he calls "cultural influencers," including people involved in media and entertainment (New York City), military and government officials (Washington, D.C.), business leaders and philanthropists (Atlanta), psychologists (Orlando), religious leaders (Chattanooga, Tenn.), university students (Virginia) and mothers at the national convention for Mothers of Preschoolers (Nashville, Tenn.). The tour kicks off the next 40 Days of Purpose campaign, involving over 10,000 churches worldwide. Nearly 20,000 churches have already completed the program.
The Purpose-Driven Celebration Tour schedule is as follows:
Sept. 17 - Washington, D.C. The Pentagon, multiple events
Sept. 18 - Orlando National Convention of Counselors
Sept. 19 - West Point, NY U.S. Military Academy
Sept. 19-21 - New York City Multiple events, NBC's Today Show
Sept. 22 - Atlanta Multiple events
Sept. 23 - Chattanooga Kick off city-wide 40 Days of Purpose
Sept. 24-25 -Nashville MOPS National Convention-with the release of three children's purpose-driven books.
Warren, who is often referred to as one of "America's most influential ministers" (Time magazine), is scheduled to appear on NBC's Today show on Sept. 20 to discuss the growing purpose-driven movement and will also be featured in an upcoming edition of NBC's Dateline.
About The Purpose-Driven Life
The Purpose-Driven Life is the bestselling hardback nonfiction book in history and has been a mainstay on numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today, Publishers Weekly and The New York Times, where it has remained for more than 87 consecutive weeks, hitting the No.1 spot over 20 times. It has been named Book of the Year twice, in both 2003 and 2004, by the Christian Booksellers Association. New Man magazine readers voted it Book of the Decade. Warren is well known as a spiritual and social entrepreneur. Peter Drucker has called him "the inventor of perpetual revival," and Forbes magazine has written, "If Warren's church was a business it would be compared with Dell, Google or Starbucks."
About Rick Warren
Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and best-known churches. He started Pastors.com, a global Internet community and one of the first Christian websites on the Internet. He also began the purpose-driven movement in 1985, which has trained over 300,000 pastors worldwide and spread to 122 countries. His previous book, The Purpose-Driven Church, won the Christian Booksellers Association Gold Medallion Award and was named one of the 100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century. He is the publisher of Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox, a weekly newsletter for ministers that has 136,000 subscribers.
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