It’s a New Day chronicles the rise of women and African American evangelists in the independent charismatic movement in post-World War II America. Billingsley observes current figures such as T. D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, and Creflo Dollar, who were deeply influenced by charismatic pioneers Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin. The evangelists adopted their ministry-building and prosperity gospel tactics and are notable for megachurches, televangelism, and health-and-wealth doctrines.
The modern charismatic movement has grown far more sophisticated and has become a truly international phenomenon, and Pentecostals and charismatics hold a wide variety of views on race and gender. Charismatic women ministers take to the pulpit, manage publishing empires, and lead the faithful in modern America. Similarly, both black and white charismatic ministers preach to integrated churches and hold integrated revivals, even while racial divides endure in the larger society. It’s a New Day contributes to our understanding and appreciation of one of the most vital sectors in current American religious life.
Contents List of Illustrations 000 Acknowledgments 000 Introduction 000 1. Origins and Pioneers 000 2. A New Life for Women 000 3. The Total Woman 000 4. The New Black Charismatics 000 5. Politics and Prosperity 000 Conclusion 000 Notes 000 Bibliographic Essay 000 Index 000 Illustrations follow page 000 <COMP: Please place the photo gallery between signatures in roughly the middle of the book (between chapters would be ideal but not required)>