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Thieves: One Dirty TV Pastor and the Man Who Robbed Him Paperback – January 28, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Trey Smith Books (January 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061543763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615437637
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an awesome book!

The author (Trey Smith) claims to have been a life-long friend of Mike Murdock's only son. He claims to have been inside Murdock's house, on various occasions.

The author alleges that Televangelist Mike Murdock films himself having sex with women; owns a huge collection of pornography; has a vast collection of jewelry and other items that were donated to his "ministry;" is cruel; is a greedy, dishonest con artist; has a terrible anger problem; mistreats his employees and those around him; steals from people, by conning them out of their money; and lives an incredibly lavish lifestyle, fit for a king.

Based on these allegations, it seems to me that the U.S. Federal Government and the State of Texas should be investigating Mike Murdock.

Mike Murdock is friends with Marcus and Joni Lamb, who are the Founders of Daystar [Christian] TV Network. (Marcus Lamb recently admitted committing adultery.) Marcus and Joni are involved in two shocking, scandalous lawsuits, right now.

Mike Murdock has his own program on Daystar TV Network.

He also shills for other Christian TV Networks.

He appears on late-night infomercials, begging for money.

In my opinion, Murdock uses high-pressure tactics. In my opinion, Murdock might have been a good used-car salesman.

I am a devout Christian but I no longer give to any televangelists, after the things that I have read about them.

I am planning to buy several more copies of this book. Buy this book!
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I saw Trey Smith's website and I was intrigued to read this book. I am a pastor myself and I question the motivation of a lot of TV Preachers. Mike Murdock has always been one of those that I was suspicious of. If only 1/3 of this is true, Murdock is going to have some "explaining to do" when he meets his Maker. It is a great read, but be cautious of the language Trey uses throughout his account. Some things he describes are NOT for children or for the weak. It's a secular peak into a world that few know anything about. Read it with caution and be forewarned.
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I read this book a few months ago, and this is one of those rare books that you can't forget even after you've finished the last page...I still find myself thinking about it from time to time.

I keep going back in my mind to things that were done and said, both by Trey and MM, trying to - I don't know - not make excuses, but try to understand the minds and intents of these two men. Here we have one thief (Trey) who stole from faceless organizations, thinking no one would be hurt, but repented and got his life together...yet many would look askance at him, seeing him as a worthless ex-con. On the the hand, there's a respected "man of god" (cough, cough) who gleefully robs the poor, the widows, and the most vulnerable, shows no concern for the misery he causes, and thinks he's somehow entitled to his lavish lifestyle (complete with drugs and loose women) that's maintained by the hurting, desperate, and deceived people who support him. This creature is so deluded he actually thinks "god" is blessing him when he manages to successfully pull off an insurance scam! Yet...despite his numerous sins, he uses common, ordinary words in place of cuss words? Does that make him "holy" or something in his corrupt, reprobate mind?

There's a lot to chew on here - and a lot to think about. In reality, we're ALL thieves in one sense or another, because I don't think there's a one of use who hasn't stolen or cheated or robbed at least the smallest thing, cheated on their taxes, or whatever....yet although God sees one sin every bit as abhorrent as another and the person who stole a pencil is as guilty as a reprobate con man like Murdoch, does the intent of the heart make any difference?
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By Susan on February 10, 2011
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Can all this really be true? Well-written book and Trey seems to be very sincere and knowledgeable, but the story is SO incredible and really heart-breaking. If it's true, Murdock needs to get right with God in a hurry, and he needs to be put out of business, stripped of everything he has. And prison time is very much in order. Maybe after the scandals of the 80s, I shouldn't be shocked, but I truly am!
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Utterly disgusting and disturbing! Trey Smith reveals first hand knowledge of the inside going-on's of a successful TV preacher. After reading the book, I was numb. To think, that this type of behavior is happening in our Christian circles. I really wonder if Mike Murdock even believes in a God? Does he not read his own publications?? He WILL reap what he has sown.

The book is very well written. Personally, I had wished for less written on Mr. Smith's sordid past and substituted with more of the money-grabbing cahoots of Mike Murdock. We know that Mr. Smith had a bad past, and he establishes that right off the bat. Smith is dead honest.

So you may ask, "Why is Trey Smith writing a book allegedly exposing a man who helped him in the past?"
"Sour Grapes"? I don't think so. Why would Smith write falsities, knowing that he could face a lawsuit for deformation of character or some other charge? I just wonder what Murdock's camp is doing for damage control.
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