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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Stream Press; 2nd edition (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966707133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966707137
  • ASIN: 0976349205
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The testimony of a former New Ager and how he sees a connection between Purpose-Driven Life and the New Age!It is clear that Robert Schuller is tied in with New Age leaders and philosophies - now the question is, is Rick Warren connected to Robert Schuller? We believe he is, and that puts the majority of the Christian church at risk!

From the Author

I was not that surprised that Robert Schuller would use a New Age leader to make a sermon point about hope. But Rick Warren? Bernie Siegel's New Age hope is a false hope and no hope at all. Was it Schuller's obvious high regard for Bernie Siegel, and Rick Warren's high regard for Robert Schuller that prompted Rick Warren to make this reference to Siegel in The Purpose Driven Life.

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Warren Smith (B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W. Tulane University) A free lance writer and community social worker who was formerly involved in the New Age movement. He has served as a program coordinator for people with special needs, directed several homeless programs, and has worked most recently as a Hospice social worker in New Orleans and on the California coast. He has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception and has been widely interviewed on radio and television.

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I only read the first 2-3 chapters of either book and put them away.
R. Lacy
In this book Warren Smith shows that the roots of this great movement in the church growth movement started by Rick Warren are not what they seem.
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This is a very informative and eye opening book that every Christian should read.
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160 of 190 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Deceived On Purpose is probably the most important contribution in the ongoing discussion about Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life and all things Purpose Driven. It is one of only a couple of book-length treatments of the subject and the one that brings the most to the table. The author, Warren Smith, is a former New Ager who, after being saved, researched and has written extensively on the topic of spiritual deception. Having been immersed in the New Age movement for many years, he is sensitive to the inroads of New Age beliefs into Christianity. He says "Because of my New Age background, I have written this book Deceived on Purpose to specifically address some of the New Age implications of these purposes [for the church]." His discussion of the New Age implications of The Purpose Driven Life merits consideration by all concerned believers.

The author is clear from the beginning that this book is not a mix of positives and negatives. He believes that Rick Warren is leading the church astray and will mince no words in defending the Body of Christ. Leafing through the book, the reader might be surprised to see how much of the book is dedicated to a discussion of Robert Schuller. As a matter of fact, I suspect the book has more references to Schuller than to Warren. Why this apparently misplaced emphasis? Smith contends that many of Warren's ideas and beliefs were shaped by Schuller. Hence to learn about Schuller is to learn about Warren.

Smith leaves no stone unturned in exposing Robert Schuller as a major player in the New Age movement. Schuller has often invited New Age teachers to appear on his show and preach from his pulpit.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Theophilus on June 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Deceived on Purpose addresses a very important issue in the church today, namely the infiltration of New Age beliefs and practices into evangelical churches. Warren Smith knows what he is talking about. He has first hand knowledge of the New Age movement, having been a devotee himself. He is more sensitive than the rest of us to the use of New Age terms and ideas. Whereas most of us would skip right over Rick Warren saying that "God is in everything," Smith legitimately sees this as a New Age concept. Smith reads "as above, so below" in Eugene Peterson's translation of the Lord's Prayer in The Message, and red lights go off in this mind. This is New Age language! We need to listen carefully to people like Warren Smith. He is the canary in the mine.

But I believe that he sometimes overstates his case. Some of the connections he sees between Warren and New Age thinkers appear to be stretched. I am reminded of the concept of "six degrees of separation," the idea that everyone on earth is connected to everyone else through a chain of acquaintances with no more than five persons. Warren's connection to most of the New Age people seems to be little more than six degrees of seperation. He would have done better to focus on the obvious dangers in The Purpose Driven Life, like its advocation of "contemplative prayer" which is nothing more than Eastern meditation in western garb.

Yet for all its faults, this is a book that needs to be read by everyone who believes in Purpose Driven Christianity. It will open your eyes. Other newer books, which I think do an even better job at critiquing the Purpose Driven phenomenon, are: More Than a Purpose by Marshall Davis, and Redefining Christianity by Bob DeWaay.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Walker on November 15, 2006
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If you're concerned about the way the 'evangelical' church is headed, if you have questions that no one can answer with sufficient Biblical authority, if you question the paraphrased "hippie" style version of the Bible that many are using, quoting, and embracing; then this book is a must.

Warren Smith exposes the Purpose Driven 'phenomenon' back to its source with carefully detailed, indisputable facts. Just because 'everyone' is doing it, doesn't mean it's right or of God. THINK CHRISTIAN, THINK!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bosco on February 27, 2011
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It seems people react to this book and to Rick Warren's book with extremes. Rick Warren is either an angel from God or a demon from hell. l'd like to point out that even Peter was reprimanded by Christ right after he was "complimented" by Christ. That is to say, a person can be used by God and in Christ, but still be used by the evil one at times. An unfortunate truth that all believers wish wasn't so. That being said, I think it's perfectly possible that Rick Warren is a Godly man who has simply allowed some deceptive teaching to creep in. We can condemn the deceptive teaching without butchering the man. This book is great because it helps us to put on the armor of God by making us aware of this deception. Hopefully, through this book, even pastor Rick Warren will notice the dangerous connections and steer clear of them in the future. Warren Smith's approach is what makes him so legitimate. He doesn't call these people names or passionately condemn them. He simply presents the connections and the dangers of the connections.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By D. Carlstrom on March 1, 2005
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After loosing my church to the Purpose Driven Apostasy, and witnessing the pain & confusion of a dear friend, and his encounter with the same cancer. I'm so fortunate to have happened across this book! Warren Smith 'NAILS' the truth of the PDC/CGM paradigm right where it lives...New Age Heresy!! Before you start to read this book...Get Comfortable, lock your doors, take the phone off the hook, and provide yourself with nourishment within arms reach...you wont put this one down!
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