The Preacher's Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities (Paperback)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved, a fascinating look at the world of Christian women celebrities

Since the 1970s, an important new figure has appeared on the center stage of American evangelicalism--the celebrity preacher's wife. Although most evangelical traditions bar women from ordained ministry, many women have carved out unofficial positions of power in their husbands' spiritual empires or their own ministries. The biggest stars--such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, and Victoria Osteen--write bestselling books, grab high ratings on Christian television, and even preach. In this engaging book, Kate Bowler offers a sympathetic and revealing portrait of megachurch women celebrities, showing how they must balance the demands of celebrity culture and conservative, male-dominated faiths.

About the Author


Kate Bowler is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel and the memoir Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved. She is associate professor at Duke Divinity School. Twitter @KatecBowler


Product Details
ISBN: 9780691209197
ISBN-10: 0691209197
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English

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