Best-selling author Rick Warren says he’s keeping in touch with the Atlanta-area woman who used his book The Purpose Driven Life to help free herself last month when she was held hostage in her apartment.
“As soon as I heard about this, we were in touch by e-mail, and now we are in regular pastoral conversation,” Warren told USA Today in an interview published March 23. “We talk every day about verses of the Bible and pray together, and I encourage her.”
Warren, appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live, said that Ashley Smith’s time with Brian Nichols, alleged murderer of four people, demonstrates “that God can use anybody.” Warren added: “She wasn’t some saint. She wasn’t some preacher or some theologian. God uses normal ordinary people in daily life. And if God only used perfect people, nothing would get done.”