Megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s weight loss book The Daniel Plan: 40 days to a healthier life, co-written with doctors Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman, was named the Christian Book of the Year at an award ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee last night.
The award was announced at the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s (ECPA) annual banquet. The Christian Book Awards are among the most prestigious and long-standing in religious publishing.
Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life who leads Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, started the plan in 2011 when he noticed that many in his congregation were overweight. Around 15,000 church members took up the challenge and together they lost a total of 250,000 pounds in weight in the first year.