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

Author Karen Spears Zacharias believes Christians have been paying good money for a false doctrine: the Cash and Cadillac Gospel. With humor and wit in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?, Zacharias unpacks story after story of those who use the name of God as a means to living their own good life, as well as some unlikely folks whose genuine faith has led them to a different understanding of wealth.

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By Chris (Boiling Springs, SC) · ★★★★★ · August 21, 2012
Living in the most worn out buckle hole of the Bible Belt; where every thing from recieving a good parking spot to a million dollar house on the lake is attributed to the Divine, I enjoyed this book immensely. The author explores the idea of God as this mystical wish granter, and if we're "livin'... ...more
By Keith (Phenix City, AL) · ★★★★★ · May 09, 2013
In my reading, in watching tv, and in interactions with people (in-person and on social networks), I encounter again and again people who combine "The American Dream" of prosperity (a dream of wealth, health, and more-A WHOLE LOT MORE!) with their beliefs about God. Biblical Christianity isn't ab... ...more
By Carolyn · ★★★★☆ · February 09, 2014
Loved this book! The author discusses our modern concepts of Capitalism Christianity, of how we as Americans believe we are entitled to God's blessings in a material way, that He wants to bless us financially, and that if we just live right, and do all the right things, that blessings will come o... ...more
By LemonLinda (Clinton, NC) · ★★★☆☆ · March 19, 2010
I read this book for my local book club and it was certainly thought provoking and made me do a self-examination of my personal materialism and that of our country in general. This book focuses on various anonymous individuals across the nation as examples of what she proposes as the prevalent "w... ...more
By Rosanne (Oregon City, OR) · ★★★★☆ · October 10, 2010
“Will Jesus buy me a double-wide?” is the question Karen Spears Zacharias asks in the title of this book, alluding to her childhood years when a double-wide trailer seemed like the height of prosperity. Another way of phrasing the question is this: “If I do all the right things, will Jesus make m... ...more
By Lee (Saint Paul, MN) · ★★★★☆ · February 01, 2012
Karen’s new book is a collection of short introductions, mostly anonymous personas such as “The Bookseller” or “The Grill Man.” Some are inspirational in the way they spread kindness with their lives and/or money, while others are downright sickening in their greed or coercion through a prosperit... ...more
By pianogal (Nashville, TN) · ★★★☆☆ · August 23, 2011
I feel like this book should be read sitting on a porch, on a lazy summer evenin', drinking ourselves some lemonade.

The Author told some good stories, but I'm not sure they always made her point. Or maybe they did make her point, but it was too subtle for the rest of us Yankees to fully understa... ...more
By Alison (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · December 30, 2013
This book was a nice quick read, I ended up breezing through it in 5 days,which I was a bit sad on as some of those stories I wanted to linger on. I really enjoyed the format of this book, it only really got preachy in certain areas. The bulk of it were stories of different people- their life sto... ...more
By Readnponder (Chapel Hill, NC) · ★★★☆☆ · August 27, 2010
Normally my tastes lean toward fiction. This is a collection of character sketches around the theme of God and mammon (Bible word for money). Surprisingly, I found myself reaching for this book instead of my novels, eager to read about the next brief bio.

The author did a great job of illustratin... ...more
By Ariah (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 31, 2010
This was an interesting book. Each chapter was a story about a person and their views of God and money. Zacharias uses caricature names for each of the people, "The Mayor", "The Redhead", "The Marine" and I found it really bothered me. I mean these are real people and real stories and the labels... ...more