Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel - Kate Bowler

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Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

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“[A] riveting historical account.”

—Publishers Weekly

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.

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

The Christian Century

“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

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

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