218 pp., 6.125 x 9.25
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5895-7
Published: August 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5894-0
Published: August 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5896-4
Published: July 2020
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The theology fuses salvation with material goods so that as these immigrants pursue spiritual rewards they are also, perhaps paradoxically, striving for the American dream. But after all, Lin observes, prosperity is the gospel of the American dream. In this way, while becoming better Prosperity Gospel Pentecostals they are also adopting traditional white American norms. Yet this is not a story of smooth assimilation as most of these immigrants must deal with the immensity of the broader cultural and political resistance to their actually becoming Americans. Rather, Prosperity Gospel Pentecostalism gives Latinos the logic and understanding of themselves as those who belong in this country yet remain perpetual outsiders.
About the Author
Tony Tian-Ren Lin is the program director at Trinity Church Wall Street.
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"[An] evocative debut. . . . Lin's well-reasoned work makes a strong case that the Prosperity Gospel provides a way for immigrants to survive, remain liberated, and pursue their American dream."—Publishers Weekly
"That Lin is himself an immigrant—born in Taiwan, raised in Argentina, now living in the US—lends depth and nuance to his description of the Latinx experience. . . . Recommended."—CHOICE Reviews
“An important contribution to our understanding of the prominence of prosperity theology in American culture.”—Journal of the American Academy of Religion
“In a wonderful book with great impact, Tony Tian-Ren Lin tells the stories of Latino immigrants who are learning to be ‘Americans’ through the theology and practices of an intrinsically American religion. This is the first serious book to account for the appeal of Prosperity Gospel Pentecostalism to Latino immigrants in their journey.”—Pablo Vila, Border Identifications: Narratives of Religion, Gender, and Class on the U.S.-Mexico Border
“Contributing a much needed analytical focus on Latino immigrants, as well as on the Prosperity Gospel—a rising religious movement not only in America but all over the globe—Tony Tian-Ren Lin shows how Prosperity Gospel theology provides its adherents with a lens for understanding their experiences, most poignantly their racialized experiences, as they attempt to make it in America.”—Gerardo Marti, American Blindspot: Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency