'Purpose Driven Life' marks 10th anniversary


FOREST, Calif. — Rick Warren's bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?" will have continued life as Zondervan releases a 10th anniversary edition Nov. 6.

Warren is adding two chapters to the book that has remained for 10 unprecedented years the bestselling nonfiction hardback in history. Two new chapters, "The Envy Trap —I must be like you to be happy" and "The People-Pleaser Trap —I must be liked by you to be happy," refashion the book from a 40-day to a six-week individual or small group study.

In addition, the book will provide a video introduction and a 30-minute audio message by Warren for each chapter as well as access to an online community, according to Zondervan.

"There is an entire generation who was too young to read 'The Purpose Driven Life' 10 years ago but are now asking the critical question of 'what on earth am I here for?'" said Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. "This anniversary edition represents a new approach for a new generation incorporating a new understanding of barriers that keep people from finding their purpose, based on thousands of readers' letters I have received."

Since its publication, The Purpose Driven Life has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide in 50 languages including Afrikaans, Arabic, Farsi, Rwandan, Sango, Swahili and Zulu, according to Zondervan. The book released simultaneously at the top of the four major bestseller lists, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publishers Weekly.

The hardback edition won the 2003 and 2004 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian Book of the Year Award.

"Millions of people —from NFL (National Football League) and LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) players to corporate executives to high school students to prison inmates —meet regularly to discuss 'The Purpose Driven Life,'" according to Time magazine.

In 2005, three years after the book's original release, Atlanta hostage Ashley Smith recounted persuading a captor to release her by reading portions of book. That same year, Starbucks, in its "The Way I See It" campaign, used a quote from the book, mentioning God on Starbucks cups.

— BP