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The Growing Influence of the Prosperity Movement

A Review of

Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

Kate Bowler

 

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2013
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Reviewed by Douglas Connelly.
 
If you are looking for a critique of the prosperity gospel or a biblical evaluation of its teaching, this is not the book for you.  In her first book – an adaptation of her doctoral dissertation – Kate Bowler tells the story of how the American prosperity gospel began and developed, and she introduces us to some of the main prosperity preachers.  But Bowler does not take a side in the debate over prosperity teaching.  Instead she tries (and largely succeeds) to give an even-handed account of how such teaching set its roots in American religious culture and how it grew into the mega-influence it is today.

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