Thursday, August 14, 2008

Michael Phelps, Rick Warren Partner on New Book Project

Lake Forest, CA--

Reverend Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church, announced a new book project with famed Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. The book, titled The Purpose Driven Greatest Olympian of All Time, will be published later this fall by Zondervan.

The book, which details a forty day program helping Michael Phelps be the best Michael Phelps he can be, has already shot to the top of the bestseller list, on the strength on pre-sales alone.

Asked about the limited focus his book seemed to have, Warren noted that "Phelps is the hot thing right now, and people like following the hot thing. I am encouraging churches to have Michael Phelps Sundays, where Phelps's accomplishments are celebrated. Jesus may have died for our sins, but Michael Phelps swims for our hearts."

Phelps, asked to comment, opened his mouth wide, appeared to spend several seconds breathing hard, raised one finger in the air, and blinked as if his goggles had been full of water.

(Photo: Pastor Rick Warren announces his new book project with Michael Phelps at Saddleback Church)

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