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God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies

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A captivating first-person look at one of the world's most powerful prosperity dynasties that offers a unique perspective on greed, the Church, and the journey toward Truth.

Millions desperate for hope and solutions are enticed by the promise of the prosperity gospel--that God will do whatever they need with just a little faith and a financial gift. All the while, prosperit
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Zondervan
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Kofi Adu-Boahen
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was 16 when I came to the realization that the prosperity gospel was a lie.

Up to that point, two things were true: I didn’t know what the prosperity gospel was and I believed it. By the first statement, I mean that I didn’t know that what I believed that what I saw on GOD TV, TBN, Daystar, etc. was not historic, orthodox Christianity but this twentieth-century aberration called the prosperity gospel.

Growing up, I watched Joyce Meyer every morning as my mother got us ready for school, watched K
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David Steele
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The so-called prosperity gospel has been a virtual “wrecking ball,” inflicting damage on the unsuspecting, infiltrating local churches with a diabolical message of health and wealth, and inviting the wrath of a holy God. The prosperity gospel is not another version of the gospel. It is “a different gospel,” one that not only devastates and deceives – this gospel damns.

The apostle Paul addressed the church in Galatia and confronted the false gospel of his day:

“I am astonished that you are so quic
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KaTsun Tsang
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE AUTHOR’S APPROACH

What is the prosperity gospel? The book addresses the very subject from an autobiographical perspective. Hinn has a warrant for writing about the prosperity gospel for the following reasons. Firstly, the book is written with a grievous heart. Hinn expresses his love for his family in spite of what his family name is known for. He does not condemn his family but writes from a heart of conviction that the Bible is the sole source of truth and it by no means endorses the idea o
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Yibbie
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s easy to write people off as unchangeable if they are completely caught up in false teaching, but then aren’t we as guilty of disobedience as they are? For then we are neither loving as Christ loved nor earnestly contending for the faith. Not that we will always see them come to the truth, but we will have been faithful. That was the biggest lesson I learned in this book. Be faithful. No matter the cost, no matter the pain, be faithful. Be faithful to stand without compromise, love without ...more
David Jensen
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this is a story that needs to be heard. God, Greed and the (Prosperity) Gospel is largely autobiographical, as Costi Hinn shares his life story of growing up in his father's and "Uncle Benny's" ministry. The book could be broken into three parts. First, Costi discusses the excesses of the celebrity preacher lifestyle that he grew up in. Then Costi tells how God used several people in his life to wake him up to the profound errors that his family taught, eventually leading him to become a tr ...more
Aaron Ventura
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
As someone who grew up in charismatic churches and was led astray as a child by false teaching, Costi Hinn's testimony sounds a lot like my own. From trying to impart the gift of tongues to people, to believing that God heals everyone if they just have enough faith, to wrestling with Scripture and finally arriving at the truth, this is a testimony that everyone should read!

If you are someone that left the church because of the hypocrisy and inconsistency you witnessed in the church, this is a go
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Roman Khripunov
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting read from an insider’s point of view
Valerie Kyriosity
I always love a good story about how God's grace has brought a sinner to repentance. The moment when it all clicks for Costi—when he sees how his promotion of the false prosperity gospel has offended God and injured others—is glorious. He learns to count the cost instead of the perks. The book also includes useful information on why exactly the prosperity gospel is false, and it avoids going into the opposite ditch by also taking down the equally false and man-centered poverty gospel. Of course ...more
Graeme Adams
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What this book is not, is as important as what it is. It’s not a drive by hit job. It’s not a rant. It’s not a cold graceless cheap shot at an easy target, nor is it a snipers bullet fired from a safe distance.
Costi is no spiritual trophy hunter. He is fully engaged in a very real spiritual battle to bring truth to those entangled in the deception of the Prosperity Gospel.

Costi’s story is a disarmingly honest up close and personal account of a life lived within the household of Prosperity Gosp
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Austyn Harris
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is very eye opening and encouraging. Division in the body of Christ is something that really burdens me and this book helped me understand where a lot of it comes from. Costi also gives some very good practical tips and strategies on how to both love your neighbor and disagree with them at the same time.
Mason Sherrill
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Costi does an excellent job sharing his personal experience in the world of the Prosperity Gospel while gently but truthfully condemning its theological error. I was especially challenged and encouraged by the last chapter where Costi offers 10 ways to reach those who are caught in deception. This book is a great example of how the truth can be told powerfully and in love. A must read for anyone who is, has been or knows someone deceived by the Prosperity Gospel.
Bev powell-smith
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Written from a position of love and grace, God, Greed and the (Prosperity) Gospel takes the reader behind the veil of the prosperity gospel and its practitioners. This book exposes the inner workings of this movement and shows how dangerous it is. This book is going to expose the prosperity gospel for what it is, a false gospel which is deceiving millions of people for profit and material gain.
Jeff Bjorgan
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting read from an insider's point of view on the prosperity gospel. Costi Hinn was definitely along for the ride in his early years as the child of Henry Hinn and nephew of Benny Hinn, well-known faith healers and prosperity gospelers. The book travels through Costi's early embracing of the doctrines, the great financial advantages that came with it, and his slow realization of the questionable practices behind it all. Spoiler alert: He eventually finds himself as a pastor of a church ...more
Shannon
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Deborah
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel is a challenging book written with grace and powerful honesty. Although I have never ascribed to prosperity gospel teaching or teachers in full, I can see how parts have infiltrated my thinking and the wider church. Costi Hinn has definitely written a book to make Christians stop and think about what the pure Gospel is and isn’t.
Tori Samar
"I was on a course of sordid gain and exploitation until [Jesus Christ] reached down and plucked me out of the misery I thought was living a dream. I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back."

This is the kind of book that you simultaneously can't put down yet need to step away from. I didn't want to put it down because Costi Hinn, nephew of Benny Hinn, shares his testimony of turning from the prosperity gospel to the true gospel. Seeing how God sovereignly used His word and
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Callie Sutcliffe
First, I want to point out that Costi's book is not a bashing session. He respects his family and it is apparent that he loves them. However, he shares his testimony of how destructive and harmful the prosperity gospel really is, and what it is doing to people's view of God.

Costi Hinn dissects the views and the origin of the prosperity gospel. He shares what happens in the background, the manipulation, abuse, and the truth about the prosperity gospel. He also discusses the Biblical view of God a
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Trent Cannon
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are familiar with the evil that is the prosperity gospel this book will not break much new ground for you. Still, Costi does a great job of giving an appropriate behind the scenes look at his family and friends lifestyle that took advantage of vulnerable people.

As Costi got into his journey of coming out of this movement there were so many times I said in my head "let go dude!" It is humbling to remember that change apart from conversion doesn't happen overnight. The process of rejecting
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Todd Bryant
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely outstanding read. The greater part of this book is biographical—a testimony, if you will. I simply could not put this book down.

Pastor Costi explains his life in the Prosperity gospel movement under both his father's ministry and his uncle Benny's. He leads into his conversion experience as he is brought, by God's providence, to believe the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. The last portion of the book views the prosperity gospel movement from a Biblical point of view. This section includ
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Maya
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this one down! I got interested in Costi's story after seeing him in the American Gospel documentary. Being Benny Hinn's nephew, Costi was considered "prosperity gospel royalty". He describes his family's life and "work", how they fund their lavish life style by promising the vulnerable, sick and poor prosperity and a great life in exchange for their donations given in faith. It was difficult to read about how they extorted so many people! But it was so beautiful to see how God wo ...more
Hannah
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’ve never attended a prosperity gospel church or gotten into their sermons, but this book was so interesting! I might not save any personal ties to it, but I do think a lot of Christians can toe the line of believing in “speaking things into existence”, and this book could teach a lot of people a thing or two.

Costi shares his experience of growing up in this type of church with a well known prosperity-gospel-preachin’ uncle. Most of this book is giving us a look into this world with crazy stori
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Dan Sudfeld
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book came with much fanfare, at least from the tribe I inhabit. It does not disappoint. I finished it in five days, which is quick for me. It is a fast-paced biographical account describing Hinn's eventual shift out of the prosperity Gospel, which also came with an additional distancing from his family, a family that is famous for propagating this false Gospel. The author gives us an insider's peek on the methods and motivations of the prosperity Gospel. He also provides some wisdom and res ...more
Wesley Roth
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book by Costi Hinn about the dangers and false teaching of the prosperity gospel. He tells his story of how he left the Hinn "empire" of wealth and luxury and money and focused on Christ and the cross and a true walk with Jesus. A good read! Also the section starting on p 170 "Why is the Prosperity Gospel So Dangerous?" with 9 key points is a great resource to read and recall. ...more
Gena Thomas
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, the-gods
Costi's story is fascinating, and coupling this book with Kate Bowler's Blessed gains a helpful, deeper understanding of what the prosperity gospel is, and how it affects real people. While I agree with the author about what faith isn't, and what the abundant life is not, I don't agree with what he defines these words to be. However, I think this is an important look at the prosperity gospel & the real damage it does in the world. ...more
Jeffrey Thomas
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book with personal testimony about the deception and dangers of the prosperity gospel. Costi clearly articulates many common prosperity gospel errors with Scripture and he shares how much exploitation and fake performance make it up.
People need to.be aware of what is going on with this false gospel!
Godly
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great auto biographical telling of Costi's life within the heart of the Prosperity Gospel movement through being involved in his uncle Benny Hinn's ministry. The book explorers the different phases of Costi's coming out of this life interspered with biblical teaching on the destructiveness of the prosperity gospel. The combination of the two is a powerful way to convey the truth. Great read! ...more
Erica Bonner
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Very informative on the prosperity gospel which I didn’t know much about. Hard to digest at times that there are people in a place of power that take advantage of the sick like Hinn experienced. I was hopeful there would be more of the actual gospels used and talked about but overall a good book.
Kieran Grubb
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before watching The American Gospel on Netflix and subsequently reading this book I hadn't given a lot of thought to the prosperity gospel. I see now the destruction and deception that is in this dangerous and abusive theology.

My main take away from this book is that the true gospel has more power than any prosperity gospel could ever have. I will pray for the leaders of the prosperity gospel and those ensnared in its deception.

I am thankful to Costi for his vulnerability in sharing his story.
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Pamela
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Highly recommend.
Tom
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well-written, informative and helpful. Appreciate the humility and courage necessary to write this book.
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Costi W. Hinn is a pastor and author who is passionate about equipping Christians to boldly live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. His stand for truth and refutation of the prosperity gospel have been featured on CNN and in Christianity Today and in numerous other publications. He is married to the love of his life, Christyne, and they have three children.

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“The sovereignty of God matters to Christianity, and we could go as far as to say that it is un-Christian to deny the sovereignty of God. The prosperity gospel certainly denies the sovereignty of God to the extent that it demeans God to the position of a puppet and elevates man to the position of a puppet master who makes confessional demands by faith. It does this by considering faith as a force and God as the one who must respond to our faith. This is a heretical twisting of true faith.” 2 likes
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