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Kate Bowler has always been fascinated by the way people explain their own successes. After Mennonites in her hometown gave their pastor a motorcycle—which he then rode onstage—she became obsessed with uncovering how formerly modest religious traditions could become so materialistic. Bowler spent the next decade interviewing megachurch leaders and believers of the prosperity gospel about how they made spiritual sense of the good and bad in their lives. Her first book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, is a history of the movement that manifests itself in everything from “#blessed” social media posts to American politics. Click here for more


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