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Rick Warren: The purpose-driven pastor on his son’s battle with depression

December 1, 2018

For more than three decades Rick Warren has been an incredibly influential Christian leader in the USA. Saddleback Church, planted from scratch by a 26-year-old Warren and his wife Kay in 1980, quickly grew in size as the fledgling pastor’s down-to-earth sermons drew increasingly large crowds. Today more than 20,000 people attend weekend services at the multi-site church in Orange County, California. Warren is also the author of the best-selling Christian book. Ever. The Purpose Driven Life has sold more than 30 million copies since its publication in 2002 and is the second most translated book in the world after the Bible. But in 2013 tragedy struck the Warren household as the couple's son Matthew, who had long battled depression, took his own life. In this interview with Premier's Justin Brierley, Warren opens up about how these events have impacted his faith.

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