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    How have millions of American Christians come to measure spiritual progress in terms of their financial status and physical well-being? How has the movement variously called Word of Faith, Health and Wealth, Name It and Claim It, or simply prosperity gospel come to dominate much of our contemporary religious landscape? Kate Bowler's Blessed is the first book to fully explore the origins, unifying themes, and major figures of a burgeoning movement that now claims millions of followers in America. Bowler traces the roots of the prosperity gospel: from the touring mesmerists, metaphysical sages, pentecostal healers, business oracles, and princely prophets of the early 20th century; through mid-century positive thinkers like Norman Vincent Peale and revivalists like Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin; to today's hugely successful prosperity preachers. Bowler focuses on such contemporary figures as Creflo Dollar, pastor of Atlanta's 30,000-member World Changers Church International; Joel Osteen, known as "the smiling preacher", with a weekly audience of seven million; T. D. Jakes, named by Time magazine one of America's most influential new religious leaders; Joyce Meyer, evangelist and women's empowerment guru; and many others. At almost any moment, day or night, the American public can tune in to these preachers - on TV, radio, podcasts, and in their megachurches - to hear the message that God desires to bless them with wealth and health. Bowler offers an interpretive framework for scholars and general listeners alike to understand the diverse expressions of Christian abundance as a cohesive movement bound by shared understandings and common goals.

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    • Jonathan Barlow
    • 25/02/2015

    Great research, fascinating information

    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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    • joel McHale
    • 04/05/2019

    Incredible

    Nobody has a better grasp and understand of new Christianity in America than Kate. Read now

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    • Paul Atwater
    • 16/01/2018

    Engrossing History of the Prosperity Gospel

    BLESSED traces the Prosperity Gospel from its earliest roots. Kate Bowler not only wrote a very thorough account but she was also easy to follow and listen to in the Audible version. One thing that amazed me is how the prosperity message has seeped into so many facets of today's church. Tracing links to New Thought philosophy and showing how these ideas were adapted over time, the book peels back the facelift that prosperity teachers keep inventing.

    Bowler's tone is not cynical or looking down on her subject, but gently questioning, wanting to see the best and going to where the facts lead. This made her account compelling and engrossing in the way her research unfolded.

    There are a few minor glitches, like her surprise about one church calling its drug and alcohol ministry "Celebrate Recovery" while one click of on-line research would reveal that Celebrate Recovery is a national ministry with several hundred chapters that was launched by Saddleback Church more than a decade ago.

    This history of the Prosperity movement a must read for pastors, church history lovers, and those who wish to understand the pros and cons of the Prosperity Gospel.

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    • Ben
    • 14/04/2016

    A necessary history that helped me better understand a large part of the global church and influence of this popular theology.

    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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    • D. R. WATKINS Jr.
    • 31/03/2015

    Good book, very candid

    Right to the point, and I a few laughs based on the authors comments which were refreshingly honest.

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    • Bennys1stclue
    • 09/07/2019

    Excellent and accurate review of a movement-

    I laughed, gasped, cried and shouted AMEN at Kate’s humorous but all too true assessment of the Prosperity Gospel phenomenon! It was like a walk down memory lane for me, as I grew up as a Christian through this avenue of Christianity. As she spoke of many of the ministers and ministries it warmed my heart to remember my roots and the journey along the way. Suspect the Spirit led me out of that as I began to question the veracity and Biblical basis for that preaching. No judgment I just didn’t belong there anymore. Thank you Kate for your candor, your thorough, strong and scholarly approach. I grew richly spiritually through the strong discipline and teaching while learning the Word and under these preachers. People in that movement believe that they are right and belong there. The Spirit knows our hearts and honors our motives. What a book!!! Could listen to it over and over!!

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    • Katria
    • 14/03/2019

    A thorough history of the Prosperity Movement

    I was hoping this book would include a critique of doctrines followed by Prosperity gospel teaching. It was more of a thorough and neutral history of the Movement. It will still be a valuable resource as it provides details about various ministries and leaders not covered by other writers.

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    • donna bedwell
    • 21/10/2018

    WOW!!!

    This is a MUST read for any Christian or anyone considering becoming one. Or for anyone alive for that matter. VERY interesting. Compelling. Will listen again, possibly buy printed edition. This gal knows her stuff. Hope she writes MORE!!!!

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    • Karen Mack
    • 20/06/2018

    For Brave and Thoughtful individuals

    If you think the prosperity gospel is far removed from your faith, this book will challenge that thinking. For those committed to the prosperity gospel this book provides its history as well as its strengths and weaknesses. This is not a “feel good” treatise or a self help book. It is a book that will prompt deep reflection, honestly and hopefully a more mature faith.

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    • Kim
    • 01/09/2017

    great book

    this book was very good. a thorough look at this movement. the information provided insight into the thought and beliefs of this movement.