Americans LOVE Billy Graham…and…Rick Warren Challenges Us to “Eat Like Daniel”

Billy Graham has once again been named one of the top ten most admired men in America.

Americans picked Graham for the 57th time in an annual Gallup survey.

The pollsters at Gallup say: “Graham has appeared in the top 10 list far more often than any other man. He has never finished first, a spot typically taken by the sitting president, but has finished second on numerous occasions.”

Billy Graham recently celebrated his 95th birthday, but he’s been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks.  His daughter Ruth Bell Graham recently paid him a visit and said, “His vital signs are very good, he’s very strong, but his body is just wearing out.”

Ruth Graham is writing a book about forgiveness, lessons she says she learned from her father.

In other faith news, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California has written a new book about getting healthy and losing weight. It’s called “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.”

Pastor Warren says the keys to success are faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.

Dr. Daniel Amen co-authored the book.  He says that says faith should prompt Christians to care for their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly with supportive friends.

By the way, three years ago Pastor Warren challenged the Saddleback congregation to join him in the fitness program named after the prophet Daniel.  Rick says that Daniel “refused to eat junk food and challenged a king to a health contest.”

15,000 Saddleback members signed up, and they lost a combined 250,000 pounds.  Amazing!

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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