Tuesday, March 15, 2005

"Purpose Driven Life" author Rick Warren releases statement on hostage ordeal

The author of "The Purpose Driven Life," Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, has released a statement saying he's "humbled" that his book was a help to hostage Ashley Smith during her ordeal.

Smith told reporters she shared the Bible and "The Purpose Driven Life" with Atlanta courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols.

Warren says he was "humbled to learn that hostage Ashley Smith found strength and encouragement in its pages during her seven-hour ordeal.

"I understand Ms. Smith shared a portion from the chapter on 'Servanthood' with Mr. Nichols, which seemed to have a positive impact on his life. Jesus sometimes calls us in some of the most difficult situations to be an advocate for Him and the message He represented while on this earth."

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