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By Kate Bowler

How have thousands of yankee Christians come to degree religious growth when it comes to their monetary prestige and actual overall healthiness? How has the circulate variously referred to as observe of religion, wellbeing and fitness and Wealth, identify It and declare It, or just prosperity gospel come to dominate a lot of our modern spiritual landscape?

Kate Bowler's Blessed is the 1st publication to totally discover the origins, unifying issues, and significant figures of a burgeoning stream that now claims thousands of fans in the USA. 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 confident thinkers like Norman Vincent Peale and revivalists like Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin; to modern day highly winning prosperity preachers. Bowler specializes in such modern figures as Creflo buck, pastor of Atlanta's 30,000-member international Changers Church overseas; Joel Osteen, often called "the smiling preacher," with a weekly viewers of 7 million; T. D. Jakes, named by way of Time journal one among America's so much influential new spiritual leaders; Joyce Meyer, evangelist and women's empowerment guru; etc. 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 healthiness. Bowler deals an interpretive framework for students and common readers alike to appreciate the various expressions of Christian abundance as a cohesive circulate sure by means of shared understandings and customary goals.

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