Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?
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Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?

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The desire for a thriving, healthy, and productive life is as strong as ever, especially in tough economic times. As people become more disillusioned at the state of the economy, they also become more susceptible to the lure of the prosperity gospel and its teachings of health, wealth, and happiness for the faithful. But what happens when the promise of prosperity overshad...more
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Published December 17th 2010 by Kregel Publications
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George Paul
David W. Jones and Russell S. Woodbridge, Health, Wealth and Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ? (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2011). Paperback / Kindle

Health, Wealth and Happiness by David W. Jones and Russell S. Woodbridge offers both a critique of prosperity theology as well as an exposition of what the Bible really teaches about suffering, wealth and poverty, and giving. Regarding the critique, it identifies major theological errors in prosperity...more
John Gardner
46% of self-identifying Christians believe God will make them rich if they have enough faith.

This sobering statistic makes me sad, and sometimes angry, but rarely does it make me compassionate. After reading this book, I'm hopeful that this will become my default reaction to what is commonly known as the prosperity gospel.

As the authors state in the book's conclusion, "The prosperity gospel is not a harmless movement that is slightly off; rather it is a dangerous movement that has eternal conseq...more
Chris
Solid overview of the Prosperity ("Name It & Claim It," "Word of Faith," etc.) Gospel and the implications of this movement on the Christian faith and the modern Christian Church. Dives into the motivations and history of the movement and contrasts these "beliefs" with what is actually in the Bible. The authors clearly refute the teachings of the Prosperity Gospel, name names, and lay out a compelling case as to why & how this is damaging the American Christian Church and, in general, Am...more
Juna
Aug 12, 2012 Juna rated it 5 of 5 stars
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in my humble opinion, everyone needs to read this

false gospel is spiritually and physically dangerous; the treachery of it is only compounded when it's made to resemble true gospel. so this book is particularly vital for non-believers,

(though i can imagine the daunting challenge of convincing someone with pronounced hostilities toward organized religion to read a book about christianity..)

...since the most common indictment against 'houses' of faith..

(i use houses to mean families---presbyt...more
Brian The Furnace Man
The first half of the book did a sufficient job explaining some of the history behind the new thought movement. Proponents of this movement have had a heavy influence on prosperity preachers of today. However, this "new thought" is anything but new. Satan has been using this kind of thinking to deceive us since the beginning.

There seemed to be way too much finger pointing going on through out the first halve of this book. I got the impression that the message the author wanted to present was, w...more
Greg Wilson
Being unsure if he would ever see them again, Paul called together the elders of the church at Ephesus. He reminded them of their duty to protect God’s flock. He told them to be on guard because he knew eventually savage wolves would try to feed off the flock. These wolves in sheep’s clothing, with their perverse gospel, would seek to gather as many sheep around them as they could. Paul doesn’t say exactly what this perverse gospel would be, but perhaps he had it in mind as he concluded his word...more
Matt Pitts
The prosperity gospel is truly a serious threat in both the US and abroad. It is deceptive and damning and there are probably more Christians who have been duped by it than we care to admit. Jones and Woodbridge express the hope and prayer that "the Lord would use this book to draw people away from the prosperity gospel and toward the gospel of Christ, for only in Him is there true prosperity." To that I add my hearty amen. They have done a great service to the church by writing this book.

The bo...more
Matthew
Helpful book in not only examining the problems of the prosperity gospel, but helpful for believers to know what God does say about finances, health and faith. Necessary read.
Bob
If you have read Hank Hanegraaff’s book entitled “Christianity in Crisis” or books like it then there is nothing new here. In fact Hank’s book is far more thorough than this one. However if you have not looked into the Health & Wealth Teachings in the church you cannot go wrong with this one. As a bonus there are some good chapters detailing what the Bible says about suffering, wealth, and giving. They also incorporate the teachings of the newer prosperity teachers such as Joyce Meyer, T.D....more
Dwayne Smith
Great resource for pastors to use and give to your flock regarding the false teaching of the Prosperity Gospel. It puts into clear terms the false teaching from Creflo Dollar, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen.
The last half of the book regarding how and why the believer should give and to whom he/she should give to was excellent and can be used to teach other how and why they should give.
Jonathan Seger
The first 2 chapters on the history of the prosperity gospel is worth the whole price of the book. Also, chapter 3 works thru some of the teachings of the prosperity gospel and shows why they are false. Great book for those caught in the prosperity gospel as well as those who have friends & family in the movement.
Katherine
Thorough and accessible discussion of the the prosperity gospel. I always knew they were off, but had no idea it was this bad. I also appreciated that the authors gave a positive discussion of how to view wealth, suffering, and giving after exposing the prosperity gospel. very practical for today.
Vanessa Grajales
The book has great information and covers a great deal but I have to admit, it tends to drag along.
Giancarlo Montemayor
A clear attack on the false doctrine of prosperity gospel. It traces back the history line to its original form in the New Though movement (new age).

Biblically faithful and useful for equipping the church
Shane Tu
easy read... of course... not liking Joel Osteen and the other prosperity teachers made it easy..
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