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Kate Bowler untangles the roots of the prosperity gospel in an entertaining and informative way. She handles the topic without bias. Well done indeed. If you want to learn more about the movement , its roots and current place in American Christianity today, this book is a must read.
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Every time I'd tell people that I was reading a history of the American prosperity gospel they'd begin to ask questions and share stories. And they always asked something like "well, what does she say? Does she say it's bad?" To which I would have to respond "Well, SHE doesn't really say it's bad. She just lays out the history and the facts on the message, the different expressions of it and a bit of the stories the main characters and then let's you decide!" That's one of the things I appreciated about it - It wasn't judgemental or bitter, yet it did describe some of the more troubling events and expressions of the last 50 years.
I really enjoyed this book and felt like I was taking an extremely interesting history class that ended with me thinking about my own faith and religious history in a fresh way. Thank you Kate Bowler!
If you are curious as to what to expect - I got the audiobook after reading Kate Bowler's New York Times article called Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me - take a look at it and then get the book if you want more!
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