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 A purpose-driven author speaks his piece


The Rev. Rick Warren said Tuesday that he prays and reads the Bible daily over the phone with Ashley Smith, the Atlanta woman who says his inspirational handbook The Purpose-Driven Life helped her persuade the murder suspect who held her hostage to let her go.

"As soon as I heard about this, we were in touch by e-mail, and now we are in regular pastoral conversation," Warren said. "We talk every day about verses of the Bible and pray together, and I encourage her." (Related excerpt: The Purpose-Driven Life)

Tuesday was the first time the headliner pastor, possibly the best-known evangelical in the nation after the Rev. Billy Graham, has spoken with media since the incident 10 days ago. The Purpose-Driven Life was the top-selling book in the nation in 2003 and 2004, according to Publishers Weekly, and Thursday it will be listed as No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.

But Warren steered any credit back to God and the Bible. "There's not a single new thought in Purpose-Driven Life that hasn't been said in historic Christianity or Judaism. I'm just a communicator for the 21st century."

Warren also said that the courts should order a feeding tube restored to Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose parents and husband are battling over whether she should be allowed to die. "She's alive and breathing, so God wants her to live for a purpose, even if that purpose is lived out through other people."

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