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Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?: ('Cause I Need More Room for My Plasma TV) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Spears Zacharias
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What does it really mean to be blessed by God?With Southern charm and razor-sharp wit in this Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? Ebook, author Karen Spears Zacharias shows how the 'prosperity' gospel has led us astray from true Christianity and helped create people and churches focused on greed.Zacharias unpacks story after story of families and individuals using the name of God as a means to living their own 'good life.' You'll hear shocking tales of those who exploit the gospel for their own gain, and mega-evangelists who live in million-dollar mansions with children groomed from the cradle to sell the message of Christ while their parents rake in the cash. Discover churches that have modeled themselves on Wall Street and unbridled materialism, and see what is happening to them now. Is this the good life?You'll also meet some unlikely folks who live with genuine biblical integrity. People who know that God is more than some cosmic genie who gives them an easy life, a fat bank account, and a second home in an exotic location.Come discover stories about authentic Christianity and the true 'good life' in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

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Zacharias (Where's Your Jesus Now?) pours on the Southern charm in this not-so-gentle diatribe against what she calls the golden-calf theology in America. There are a lot of folks prancing around treating the Bible like an algebra book and God like their personal banker, Zacharias writes, and she is out to find them. She lambastes folks like an unnamed evangelist and adults who exploit children to make money off the faithful, while also sharing stories like that of Sister Schubert and an unnamed Marine, who live with generosity and faith. Zacharias will draw chortles with her colloquialisms and colorful language—he has a buttload of money—but she also exposes how we've started mistaking Christianity for capitalism. The book is long on stories but short on theology, pointed in criticism yet lost in indignation. Some may wish for a more reasoned approach, but none will argue with the solution: Stop imagining all the ways in which the universe can serve you and start figuring out how you can serve others. (Mar.)
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Finalist for Non-Fiction Book of the Year, Southeast Independent Booksellers (SIBA).

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  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037BS2FY
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Double-Wide Exposé on Get-Rich Theology February 22, 2010
When I first picked up Karen Zacharias' new book, `Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide (`Cause I Need More Room for my Plasma TV)' I figured I was in for some good, light, Erma Bombeck-styled writing with a twist of Christian humor. But as I started reading it I realized that although Karen has a sharp wit and a talent for writing stories, the tone of this book is more serious than I anticipated.

Double-Wide is an exposé on get-rich theology, a frontal attack on the belief system that God's goodness is primarily revealed in our financial well being. In nineteen chapters Karen deconstructs this skewed message, not with outlines and arguments but with rich storytelling. Crisscrossing the country and across peoples' lives, she uses her mini documentaries to build a case against the prosperity gospel. Karen's investigative skills help discover where God's favor may truly lie, and what it may really look like.

Some well-known Christians, who have made a name for themselves with this brand of theology, also have the dubious honor of being described within these pages. Other Christians, who refuse to look at issues of poverty as a curse, are given preferential placement in this book's buffet. But it really doesn't matter if you can identify the personality behind each of the chapters' titles (The Evangelist, The Sister, The Mayor, The Marine, etc...), what matters is in which of these stories you can identify your own beliefs. Karen also provides discussion questions that can be useful for personal reflection or group study.

Consider this statement in the chapter on The Entrepreneur- "Somewhere along the line we've grown confused. We've started mistaking Christianity for capitalism.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down Home Christianity March 1, 2010
Books bashing the prosperity gospel that is so prevalent these days aren't new, but the approach that Karen Spears Zacharias takes in her new book is. In Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide ('Cause I need more room for my plasma TV), Spears Zacharias takes a long look at the very heart of the prosperity gospel movement: people.

In her refreshing Southern tone, Spears Zacharias shows every aspect of this controversial movement, but it is clear from the beginning which side she sympathizes with. In a touch of originality, each chapter looks at a particular person given a name, such as the Beautician, or the Veteran. Some of the people profiled are ardent followers of the prosperity gospel movement, while others are vehemently opposed to it. But the chapters that are most touching are those based on people who are neither for or against prosperity gospel. The people that are just trying to spread the love of Jesus, such as the Marine or the Redhead, stand out.

Spears Zacharias doesn't try to use flowery language or complicated theories to explain her premise. She uses people, and it works wonderfully. If you're looking for a book that goes against the grain of the self-help, name it and claim it Christianity that is becoming more and more prevalent, but takes a stand with a touch of grace, grab this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking stories that called me to act July 28, 2010
With a title like this one, I expected a light and humorous read. It's not. (Well, it is a fairly light read, just not the comic relief I was expecting.) It's a book of stories of people whose lives contrast with what the prosperity gospel preaches (with some stories of prosperity gospel preachers' lives in contrast to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ). Each chapter tells the story of a different person, stories from across the country. She points to Christ throughout ("God's love is not evident in our net worth at all. It's found in the same place it has always been, at the foot of a rough-hewn and bloodied cross."). She isn't afraid to call out bad theology where she sees it:
"In essence what Joel Osteen and his ilk are doing is nothing short of sheer exploitation. They've pimped out Jesus like some pale-skinned Puff Daddy. They've rolled out a life-sized cardboard cutout of a slap-happy Jesus under the glaring lights of center stage to better showcase the Rolex and diamond-encrusted bling adorning the Better Christ Now to the squealing delight of the mesmerized Home Shopping Network crowd."

While I had expected it to be more lighthearted, I'm glad it wasn't. Her style and stories made me think. I didn't agree with all of her conclusions or each of the viewpoints represented, but it was a worthwhile read. The humor is there, but her point overshadows it in a good way. The voices are genuine. Her friend, who doesn't receive health and wealth here on earth (but does receive cancer), is quoted in it saying, "I use the pain, fear, and uncertainty as a trigger to practice the presence of God. They remind me to praise God rather than to focus on that which could overtake me easily and negatively." There's a good reminder there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, but thought provoking March 28, 2010
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Karen Spears Zacharias is an excellent story-teller. Her stories are easy to read and down-to-earth. However, there is a thought-provoking theme related to the prosperity gospel that runs throughout the stories in this book. Her message will make you think about what is truly important in life. The book is an easy-read, but it leaves the reader with a long-lasting message.

I recommend this book to adults of all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Like the Idea Behind this Book But...
This is a sort of "feel good" book with a twist in the good feeling- it comes from knowing you are loved by God even when it doesn't feel good, even when you don't have much. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terri J. Rice
3.0 out of 5 stars The desceptive title makes you think this will be funny
Our church adult education selected this book to do a small group study. It seemed intriguing to start but the message tends to become tedious. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pat Carney
4.0 out of 5 stars A stinging reminder!
This is a great book for reminding you (and me) about what is really important and lasting. I felt my own toes get stepped on more than once. Read more
Published 10 months ago by T.A. Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book.
I have read this book twice and will continue to re-read it at intervals. I also intend to give copies to friends. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marian Carcache
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish--irritating author
I didn't care for the tone of this book and its egotistical author.
No, I didn't finish the book, so if it got better, I missed it.
Published 16 months ago by Phillip Ruffin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dubious Disciple Book Review
Karen's new book is a collection of short introductions, mostly anonymous personas such as "The Bookseller" or "The Grill Man. Read more
Published on February 1, 2012 by Dubious Disciple
5.0 out of 5 stars A Voice For My Thoughts
Finally there is a voice for my thoughts. This book is beautifully written interviews about Faith. I love how Ms. Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by Ann Hite
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
I devoured this book! Zacharias' prose is superb and her subject of entitlement preaching and how we all too often fall prey to believing that God "rewards" us if we are always on... Read more
Published on October 8, 2011 by V. Mangrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I Have Read In Awhile
"Listen up all you prosperity pimps. God Is not a capitalist. He's not your broker. He's not our wizard or personal shopping assistant. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by Tim D. Thurman
5.0 out of 5 stars The reality of faith and God's true blessings
Ever read a story about someone you know? Karen Spears Zacharias' book "Will Jesus Buy Me A Double-wide? Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by Arthur A. Greenleaf, III
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More About the Author

Karen Spears Zacharias is an award-winning author, a former crime-beat reporter, and a provocative storyteller. This Gold-Star daughter grew up besotted by the wildly disarming stories of her Appalachian kinfolk. As a young girl Karen would often pester her mother throughout the day with the question of "Why ?" Her mother wasn't much interested in the whys of life. She responded to Karen's insistent questioning with "Why does it matter? Are you writing a book?"

Turns out Karen would go on to write plenty of books, although, no one is more surprised by that turn of events than Karen and a goodly number of her former teachers, old boyfriends and a dubious pastor or two. "I never dreamed I'd become a writer," Karen says. "I grew up with simple ambitions - I wanted to stay out of jail and avoid dismemberment. So far, the latter has been much easier to accomplish than I'd imagined." A vocal advocate on behalf of the local institutionalized church, Karen credits the community of Rose Hill Baptist Church in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia with loving her to Jesus.

Family drama drove this military brat from her beloved South to her adopted Northwest home. "My mother was an emotional long-distance runner," Karen says. "She coped with my father's death in Vietnam the military way - she packed up and moved every three years." After her father's death, the family moved from Hawkins County, Tennessee to Columbus, Georgia, and eventually to Portland, Oregon.

It was a graduate school professor who pulled aside the 38-year-old mother of four young children and told her she was as writer. Karen laughed at the suggestion. "I grew up in a trailer in West Georgia. I could barely spell, much less write." But the professor insisted that she make time to write daily. Karen's career was kick-started by a controversial humor column she wrote titled "Marriage, Motherhood and Money." That was followed up by a feature story about a Jesus-loving sister to a Charles Manson devotee. Talk about your family dramas
Karen began her first journalism job on her 40th birthday, proving once more that while it's never too late to get started, older people have to work harder and drink less. Fortunately, like most mothers, editorializing comes naturally to Karen. Her commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, USA Today, and on Good Morning America and National Public Radio.

As a speaker, Karen is a popular figure at colleges, universities, churches, military bases, conferences and retreats. She has spoken at the Children Justice Conference, Mississippi State University, George Fox University, The Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Fort Benning, Louisiana State University, and a myriad of churches and other venues across the country.

She has authored six books, including the beloved bestseller Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide?' cause I need more room for my plasma TV (Zondervan), the military memoir, After the Flag has been Folded (William Morrow), and her latest, a work of fiction, Mother of Rain (Mercer University Press), recipient of Berea College's 2013 Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction.

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