From Publishers Weekly
It seems hard to believe that anyone would want to take on Pastor Rick Warren and his purpose-driven life agenda, but Ellingsen, associate professor of church history at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta does just that in this brief but persuasive volume. Steeped in the pietistic leanings of American religion, Warren, the author insists, has promoted an agenda that focuses too much on personal development and not enough on the larger issue of man's utter sinfulness. Can a Christian separate his sinful condition from the works that he does? Luther, and Paul the apostle, would insist that while every bit of our lives is sinful and needs to be redeemed, we can overcome the tension... between being 100 percent a sinner and 100 percent a fully forgiven saint of God. The author convincingly and passionately argues that Warren's emphasis on personal transformation is indicative of the narcissism of the early Puritan divines from whom Warren draws his inspiration. Instead, Christians should be in the business of transforming society, not merely themselves. (May)
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"The author believes that Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life is too focued on the self to combat the rampant narcissim of a me-driven culture in modern America...Ellingsen offers important critiques of Warren's purpose-driven faith."
-David C. Drebes