Pastor Rick Warren, author of the popular faith-based book The Purpose-Driven Life, as reported by USA TODAY, baptized 800 of his devoted followers at the Saddleback Church in Orange County, dipping their sizeable bodies into a pool of water. At the end of the day, he thought one thing: "Wow! Everybody's fat!"
This realization, along with his own expanding waistline, prompted Warren to consult with a few well-known doctors to create a diet plan. When he told his congregation about the new undertaking, 12,000 people signed up.
Now, three years later, Warren hopes his book The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life (Zonovan), written with help from doctors Mark Hyman and Daniel Amen, can help translate believers' religious fervor into a fervor for a more healthful lifestyle.More »