By Kate Bowler
Kate Bowler's Blessed is the 1st publication to totally discover the origins, unifying subject matters, and significant figures of a burgeoning flow that now claims thousands of fans in the United States. Bowler lines the roots of the prosperity gospel: from the traveling mesmerists, metaphysical sages, pentecostal healers, enterprise oracles, and princely prophets of the early twentieth century; via mid-century optimistic thinkers like Norman Vincent Peale and revivalists like Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin; to contemporary highly profitable prosperity preachers. Bowler specializes in such modern figures as Creflo greenback, pastor of Atlanta's 30,000-member global Changers Church overseas; Joel Osteen, often called "the smiling preacher," with a weekly viewers of 7 million; T. D. Jakes, named via Time journal certainly one of America's such a lot influential new spiritual leaders; Joyce Meyer, evangelist and women's empowerment guru; and so forth. At nearly any second, day or evening, the yankee public can music in to those preachers-on television, radio, podcasts, and of their megachurches-to pay attention the message that God wants to bless them with wealth and well-being. Bowler deals an interpretive framework for students and normal readers alike to appreciate the varied expressions of Christian abundance as a cohesive move sure through shared understandings and customary goals.
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