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Book Review…”Double-Wide”

01 Aug

Will Jesus Buy Me A Double-Wide? (Cause I Need More Room For My Plasma TV)

A Zondervan Book by: Karen Spears Zacharias

“Author Karen Spears Zacharias believes Christians have been paying good money for a false doctrine—the Cash and
Cadillac Gospel.” (credit: Zondervan synopsis)

Intriguing title isn’t it? In “Double-Wide” Karen shares 19 stories from “The Evangelist” to “The Mogul” to “The Entrepreneur” and several others along the way, illustrating with laughter and tears the message that a relationship with God is not about (or should not be) what He can do for us, how He can prosper us and bestow His favor on us.

What is the prosperity gospel? It has been called the “name it and claim it” gospel, “gospel of success” – the “Cash and Cadillac Gospel” and so on. It is the “good news” that God wants believers to be materially wealthy. Dr. Robert Tilton is a well-known proponent of the prosperity gospel – according to his website “All of the books Dr. Tilton’s has written inspire the reader to Expect Greater Things from God.” A common message amongst the prosperity preachers is giving. They encourage their followers to give generously, which is all well and good, but the motive for giving generously is that God gives back more in return and then this leads to a cycle of ever-increasing prosperity. That is about the gist of it – it is all about you and you gaining wealth and prosperity because, you know, you deserve it! The thing is, it is these “evangelists” who are becoming wealthy on that money people are sending in to God.

Some details from Zondervan’s website on this book:

Description: 
What does it really mean to be blessed by God?

With Southern charm and razor-sharp wit in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?, author Karen Spears Zacharias shows how the “prosperity” gospel has led us astray from true Christianity and helped create people and churches focused on greed.

Zacharias unpacks story after story of families and individuals using the name of God as a means to living their own “good life.” You’ll hear shocking tales of those who exploit the gospel for their own gain, and mega-evangelists who live in million-dollar mansions with children groomed from the cradle to sell the message of Christ while their parents rake in the cash. Discover churches that have modeled themselves on Wall Street and unbridled materialism, and see what is happening to them now. Is this the good life?

You’ll also meet some unlikely folks who live with genuine biblical integrity. People who know that God is more than some cosmic genie who gives them an easy life, a fat bank account, and a second home in an exotic location.

Come discover stories about authentic Christianity and the true “good life” in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

From the book jacket:

“We have this notion that God owes us better than we’ve gotten.”

“We treat God like a slot machine, yanking on the prayer cable, hoping that the triple 7’s will appear.” writes Karen Spears Zacharias

Endorsements:

“Behind this satirical title lies a book filled with insight and wisdom. Karen Spears Zacharias provides parables of people who confront their faith with truth and grit. It’s an honest and timely read.”          Michael Morris, author of Slow Way Home

“An honest, raw account of some who use God for their purposes and some who seek to follow God to use them – a huge difference!”
                                                                             Rev. Dr. Layne E. Smith, senior pastor, Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory, North Carolina

You can also read Karen’s blog at: http://www.patheos.com/community/karenspearszacharias/

I enjoyed reading “Double-Wide” and regularly enjoy reading Karen’s blog. Looking for a copy of “Where is Your Jesus Now? Examining How Fear Erodes Our Faith” and “After the Flag Has Been Folded.” I cannot find any bookstore or Christian bookstore selling “Where is Your Jesus Now?” – maybe I’ll find a resale copy at Amazon?

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2 responses to “Book Review…”Double-Wide”

  1. dieta

    August 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Examining How Fear Erodes Our Faith..Zacharias new book is a foray into her feelings about prayer and money having had little of the latter when young and into stories of people who offer parables she said that illustrate her theme..She sees her work as a corrective to whats known as the prosperity gospel or as she writes We treat God like a slot machine yanking on the prayer cable hoping that the triple 7s will appear.. author of the best-selling The Shack gives this dust jacket endorsement If the prosperity gospel had a heart Karen has stomped that sucker flat..There is no endorsement from hugely popular televangelist .

     
  2. Panama

    May 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

    In closing, I don’t pretend to know Joshua’s motivation; by all accounts he seems to be a very sincere man. However sincerity is no safeguard against deception. I am sure Edgar Cayce, Jean Dixon and countless other prophets, who by Christian, Biblical standards would have to be regarded as False, were equally sincere and unassuming. There are countless warnings in scripture about the emergence of False Prophets and teachers who like Pharaoh’s magicians, withstood and hindered the true gospel by means of signs, wonders and miracles. Just because Joshua seems to be able to produce “results”, doesn’t make him a man of God, nor should we go there. The end does not justify the means. The very idea of having to go to Nigeria to receive a healing, or a miracle, or a Word from God, is unscriptural.

     

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