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Investing In Miracles: El Shaddai And The Transformation Of Popular Catholicism In The Philippines
Since the early 1980s, approximately ten million people have turned to charismatic businessman-turned-preacher "Brother Mike" and his Catholic "prosperity" movement, El Shaddai DWXI Prayer Partners Foundation International, Inc. Investing in Miracles offers an in-depth look at this unique indigenous movement, characterized by its effective use of mass media and its huge, e ...more
Published November 30th 2004 by University of Hawaii Press
(first published November 1st 2004)
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Very interesting explanation of the motivations and social factors that propel the Filipino masses to support a movement that appears to outsiders to be predatory of the poor. I came out of the book with a deeper understanding of the Filipino psyche and appreciation for the good that the movement does, even if, of course, not supportive of their teachings. The author's style is conducive to easy-reading, however I found her overuse of endnotes to make the reading flow into a choppy experience. T ...more