Editorial Reviews


"The beauty of Exploring Prosperity Preaching is that Mumford is neither condemnatory nor judgmental in her analysis. She researches the origins of the Word of Faith movement, documents its core beliefs, and offers a constructive critique that is worthy of objective consideration....This is the most important book written about prosperity theology in the last thirty years." —from the foreword by Rev. Dr.DeForest B. Soaries Jr., Author, dfree™ Breaking Free from Financial Slavery; Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, New Jersey

"Debra Mumford helps to thoroughly and rigorously expose prosperity theology for the distortion of the gospel it truly is. From Joel Osteen and Rod Parsley to The Secret, there are those who will use the Western consumer lifestyle to justify greed and selfishness. In Exploring Prosperity Preaching, Mumford reasserts the core challenge at the heart of Christ’s message: it’s not all about you." —Christian Piatt, author of PregMANcy, editor of Banned Questions About Jesus

"Based on detailed research, Mumford offers an analysis of today's prosperity preaching through close reading of the sermons and writings of some of the most widely recognized figures within this movement, placing them within larger American and Christian historical contexts as well as the particular contexts of the African American experience and prophetic preaching traditions. In the process she demonstrates that all preaching claiming to be based on Scripture is indeed not biblical. Scholars of contemporary American religion, church leaders,  believers, and interested members of the general public will find it an insightful contribution to the growing body of work on the contemporary prosperity movement." —Milmon F. Harrison, PhD, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis; Author, Righteous Riches: the Word of Faith Movement and Contemporary African American Religion

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