BLESSED - Kate Bowler

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BLESSED

A History of The American Prosperity Gospel

“[A] riveting historical account.”
—Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Millions of Americans believe God wants them to be healthy and wealthy.

I spent a decade traveling the United States and Canada visiting megachurches, archives, television studios, and revivals interviewing leaders and followers to understand the history of the “prosperity gospel.”

This book is the first comprehensive American history of one of the most popular Christian movements in the world today. Introducing readers to its most famous faces—celebrities like Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, T.D. Jakes, and Paula White—this book gives an intellectual framework for understanding the theology and everyday lives of people who tune in to hear its familiar message: God desires to bless you.


ENDORSEMENTS

 

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“This is a stunningly empathetic book… pushing far beyond caricature.”

The Christian Century

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“This book propels Kate Bowler into the first rank of younger historians of religion in America.”

Randall Balmer, author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America

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“Blessed is an extraordinarily satisfying book. It is elegantly written, full of wit and humor.”

Fides et Historia

 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate Bowler is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke University. After being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, she wrote the New York Times best-selling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved), which tells the story of her struggle to understand the personal and intellectual dimensions of the American belief that all tragedies are tests of character. Her TED talk on the subject has received over 9 million views to date, and on her popular podcast, Everything Happens, she talks with people about what they have learned in dark times and why it is so difficult to speak frankly about suffering. Her second memoir, No Cure For Being Human, will be released by Random House in September 2021.

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