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This book lacks depth, scholarship and objectivity. Consider the chapter titled The Prophetic Figure in Zimbabwe Religion based on Prophet Emmauel Makandiwa. From the start the chapter adopts a comparative framework that compares Makandiwa to a traditional nánga without giving initial justification for that comparison in the first place. Such a comparison creates a self-fulling study which concludes what it has already assumed to be true. A second flaw in the authors assessment is that they assume that similarities between two forms implies a relationship; i.e i) a nánga has a spiritual father, ii) Prophet Makandiwa has a spiritual father iii) Conclusion Prophet Makandiwa is a nánga. How absurd. If a cow has a father and a human being has a father does it mean that a human being is a cow? The reasoning of the authors is illogical. In summary: a flawed book. 

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A biased, unscriptural and Eurocentric analysis of Zimbabwean Christianity. Instead of creating a framework of analysis based on the bible the authors have fallen into the same mold of European workers who view anything African as fetish and unorthodox. Most of the information in this book a vitriole hatred for anything African and Pentecostal, thinly disguised as objective theological work. 

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If the authors had further researched their Zimbabwean Religious history they would not have left out major elements of the contributing forces including The 60's Assemblies of God Movement led by South African Rev. Bhengu right into, 70's Evangelistic Crusades influenced by Billy Graham's evangelistic challenge to Christian Youth. Act 1:8. The 80's Youth For Christ movemen with Pat Luffman and Paul Fungai Brown., Arthur Blissett's march with a cros in Rhodesia,Kathryn Kulhman, Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, J.Swaggart,etc., The PTL Movement,Glossalalia, The Jesus Sticker/tract 80's Struggle between The Evangelicals and The New Charismatic Movements in Zimbabwe(70's-90's). The Reinhard Bonke Charismatic Gospel Crusades....The original Pentecostal Denomination itself has always been part of the original missionary Church history of Zimbabwe. It's The Charismatic Movement that infuses energy & changes the face of Zimbabwean Pentecostalism, of Christianity in Zimbabwe. then came the mid to late 70's....The Charismatic movement with Allistair Geddes at Faith Ministries and later with Ngwizah Mkhandla, ZAOGA with Baba Guti and a host of preachers and youth leadership, The Wutawunashe's early ministry at UZ and then in downtown Harare. The work of Glad Tidings with Rev. Chiundiza. Scripture Union with Phineas Dube and a host of Christian desperados that broke from the racist hardcore missionary churches to form independents. There is an amazingly huge missing chunk of the real history of the rise of this movement in this book. Good attempt. 

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This book is a great book since it explains how many pastors and prophets misuse the prosperity gospel. God has surel bless us and He wil surely continue to bless us no matter the circumstance. The gospel of Christ should be preached accordingly for the bible says in the book of Matthew 6 v 33, that see ye first the kingdom of God and everything shall follow. So let us preach Christ and Him crucified and allow the poor and disadvantaged from the gospel to have access to this heavenly riches we get.
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