The Power of Habit

by

Charles Duhigg

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Rick Warren Character Analysis

Rick Warren is the influential pastor and founder of Saddleback Church. Duhigg describes how Warren spread his message and built a congregation by appealing to people’s habits. For instance, he accommodated people’s existing habits by letting them wear whatever they wanted to church, and he helped them build effective new ones by having them meet in the same small groups every week for Bible study. Duhigg views Warren’s success as evidence of how collective habits can be the foundation for social movements and communities.

Rick Warren Quotes in The Power of Habit

The The Power of Habit quotes below are all either spoken by Rick Warren or refer to Rick Warren . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Power of Habit published in 2014.
Chapter 8 Quotes

This is the third aspect of how social habits drive movements: For an idea to grow beyond a community, it must become self-propelling. And the surest way to achieve that is to give people new habits that help them figure out where to go on their own.

Page Number: 239
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Rick Warren Character Timeline in The Power of Habit

The timeline below shows where the character Rick Warren appears in The Power of Habit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Saddleback Church and the Montgomery Bus Boycott: How Movements Happen
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In 1979, the Baptist pastor Rick Warren was planning to build a new congregation. But he didn’t know where. He spent months... (full context)
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Rick Warren’s worldview is based on turning faith into a social habit. People complained about boring sermons,... (full context)
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Warren decided to have his congregants meet weekly, in small groups. This made church a key... (full context)