Guest / Limited Access /
Reviews

/

Page 3 of 3

Bowler's take on the Prosperity movement is hardly boosterish or all-embracing. She questions its inclination to lean toward short-term answers to economic problems while ignoring systemic solutions. Additionally, she is troubled by the movement's penchant for end-times speculation and near-unquestioning support for a Zionist vision of Israel. Throughout her book there are anecdotes and examples of biblical interpretation that will no doubt leave those outside the Prosperity movement shaking their heads.

Nonetheless, in its overall trajectory, Blessed serves as a corrective to dismissive stereotypes. It reminds us, as well, of the Prosperity movement's internal coherence, as well as its important function in the lives of many American Christians as a source of hope, values, and personal and communal improvement.

Larry Eskridge is associate director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College. He is the author of God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America (Oxford University Press).

Browse All Book Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedA Better Way to Be Evangelical
A Better Way to Be Evangelical
"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."
TrendingWhy Donald Trump Threatens to Trump the Gospel
Why Donald Trump Threatens to Trump the Gospel
There is something more important than our views of the controversial candidate.
Editor's PickWheaton College, Larycia Hawkins to ‘Part Ways’
Wheaton College, Larycia Hawkins to ‘Part Ways’
Provost says he asked the tenured professor for forgiveness, withdrew termination process.
View this article in Reader Mode
Christianity Today
The Prosperity Gospel Is Surprisingly Mainstream