- Tapa dura: 352 páginas
- Editor: OUP USA; Edición: New (13 de junio de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0199827699
- ISBN-13: 978-0199827695
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Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Inglés) Tapa dura – 13 jun 2013
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The great gift of this book is that Bowler takes the prosperity gospel on its own terms and offers it the kind of sustained engagement which has so far been lacking. (The Revd Jesse Zink, Church Times)
Recommended. (M.A. Granquist, CHOICE)
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Millions of Americans have fallen in love with the prosperity gospel and its new kind of preachers, who originally cultivated their fame with personal appearances in sold-out arenas. Now podcasts, Internet streaming, and daily television programming carry their sermons to millions. At almost any moment, day or night, the American public can tune in to see these familiar faces and a consistent message: God desires to bless you. Catherine Bowler's Blessed represents the first attempt to examine the twentieth-century American prosperity gospel movement as a whole, seeking to introduce readers to its major figures and features. Bowler offers an interpretive framework for scholars and non-specialists alike to understand these diverse expressions of Christian abundance as a cohesive movement bound by shared understandings. She first traces the movement's burgeoning theology of faith from the postwar revivals to its maturity in the late 1980s, and then focuses on its continuing pursuit of divine wealth, as believers look to their bank accounts for proof of their spiritual progress. Bowler examines divine health through the same lens, as believers use their bodies as barometers of faith. The book concludes with an exploration of the contemporary movement's expectation of victory, as participants orient their lives toward unimpeded progress. Inspired, they count themselves blessed.Ver Descripción del producto
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Because it is basically her dissertation, the book is a bit dry in places and somewhat repetitive as she tracks various groups through different aspects of the movement. However, the word "dissertation" makes me think of reading the phone book and this was anything but a boring, dry, dusty tome. I loved the way she traced the early years of the movement, showing how disparate strands of thinking came together to eventually gel into the Prosperity Gospel. What I liked most, however, was the way she lived, breathed, and drank this teaching and then shared this journey with me via her book. She shared her own experiences, her insights gleaned through close working relationships with members of this movement, even participating in a Prosperity Gospel Church for over a year (not to mention all the churches she visited and/or the trip she took overseas with a Benny Hinn group).
But the thing that drew me to this book most is the fact that she is honest and strives to be fair. She's not mean-spirited or out to belittle anyone - she just really wanted to know what draws people to this movement and how it helps them as well as how it may hurt them.
In short, I felt it was very readable, written not just from an academic view but from an honest, open heart. If you are curious about this movement, I think you will find this book very helpful, well worth the time it takes to read it.