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A fascinating look at the world of Christian women celebrities from the New York Times bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved
Considering that the 1970s, an essential brand new figure has showed up in the center stage of American evangelicalism—the celebrity preacher’s wife. Although many evangelical traditions club females from ordained ministry, lots of women have carved away unofficial jobs of energy within their husbands’ spiritual empires or their ministries that are own. The largest stars—such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, and Victoria Osteen—write bestselling publications, grab high ranks on Christian television, and also preach. An acclaimed historian of religion and the author of the bestselling memoir Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, 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 in this engaging book, Kate Bowler.
The leading women of megaministry play many parts: the preacher, the homemaker, the talent, the counselor, and the beauty whether standing alone or next to their husbands. Boxed in because of the high objectives of contemporary Christian womanhood, they follow and sporadically subvert the visible and invisible rules that govern the everyday lives of evangelical females, making handsome rewards or incurring penalties that are harsh. They need to be pretty, yet not immodest; exceptional, although not fake; susceptible to sin, not deviant. And celebrity that is black’ wives carry a special burden of respectability. But despite their impact and wide range, these women can be denied the absolute most essential sign of religious power—the pulpit. Continue reading