Bowler's Book Attracts Major Media Interest
The release of Duke Divinity School professor Kate Bowler’s first book, “Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel,” in June by Oxford University Press has attracted significant national and international media attention.
Bowler’s book has been favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, The Wilson Quarterly, The (Toledo) Blade, and the Winnipeg Free Press. In addition, Bowler also was interviewed by BBC Radio, as was quoted on the topic of the prosperity gospel on CNN’s Belief Blog.
An assistant professor of the history of Christianity in the United States, Bowler also wrote op-eds on the topic that were published in The Globe and Mail (as well as appearing in The Des Moines Register, The News & Observer, and The (Newark) Star-Ledger; and also in The Huffington Post.
“By pushing far beyond caricature, Bowler has produced a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the prosperity gospel and how it is, even now, remaking the American religious landscape,” stated The Christian Century review.
Bowler spent eight years traveling, interviewing, and researching archives to tell the first broad account of the prosperity gospel, one of the most popular religious movements of the last 50 years. Rather than track a series of individuals or isolated churches, the book shows how millions of American Christians came to see money, health, and good fortune as divine.
She traveled across North America and even to Israel with controversial faith healer Benny Hinn to see what these millions of American Christians had in common. In her book, she isolates particular hallmarks—faith, wealth, health, and victory—that unified thousands of diverse churches spread across denominational, ethnic, and regional lines.