• God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel

  • How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies
  • By: Costi W. Hinn
  • Narrated by: Josh Childs
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (398 ratings)

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A captivating first-person look at one of the world's most powerful prosperity dynasties that offers a unique perspective on greed, the Church, and the journey toward Truth. 

Millions desperate for hope and solutions are enticed by the promise of the prosperity gospel - that God will do whatever they need with just a little faith and a financial gift. All the while, prosperity preachers exploit the poor and the needy to stockpile their riches. What can followers of the true gospel do to combat the deception?

Through a remarkable and fascinating journey, Costi Hinn went from a next-generation prosperity preacher to the first to abandon the family faith and share the true gospel. Nephew of the world-famous televangelist Benny Hinn, Costi had a front-row seat to the inner workings and theology of the prosperity gospel. But as Costi's faith deepened, so did his questions about prosperity teaching. As the deceptions in his past were exposed, Costi came face-to-face with the hypocrisy and devastation caused by his belief system and the overwhelming truth about the real Jesus Christ.

This captivating look into the daily lives of one of the world's leading prosperity dynasties offers a thoughtful perspective on the perils of greed, the power of the true gospel, and hope for the future of the global church. Through real-life stories, Costi challenges and equips listeners to be living lights pointing the way to the true gospel and the saving grace of Christ. God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel will bolster your faith and encourage your own journey toward the truth.

Spanish edition also available.

©2019 Costi W. Hinn (P)2019 Zondervan

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Authenticity: He Paid A High Price To Speak Truth

Costi Hinn's book is simply beautiful. He is honest while humble. He is a true picture of what it means to forsake all for the Gospel. He brings credibility to a needed discussion in Christianity, and clarity on exactly what truly is the Gospel. He paid a high price to speak the truth.

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Christ Honoring Testimony by Costi

If you want to understand what makes the Health & Wealth movement tick, this book will provide an accurate look inside some of the worst offenders. At the same time Costi has been cautious not to lump all Pentecostals and Charismatics together and label them all full blown heretics. He does however not shy away from examining the skewed presuppositions, hermeneutics, and serious lack of theological understanding that is pervasive within Prosperity Preaching churches and parachurch ministries. I believe Costi has rightly communicated that there is a spectrum within the broader movement. This book is straight forward in its examination of the false teaching and hypocrisy of Prosperity Preachers. It is also a clear clairion call to the true gospel of Jesus Christ in all of its majesty, beauty, and glory. The gospel that gives true freedom and prosperity of soul.
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Fantastic!

This has to be one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to this year! The narration was great and the actual book far surpassed my expectations. I loved it so much that I actually listened to the whole thing in a single day!! Haha. Oh how I seriously hope that you will listen to it! I heartily recommend it. The true gospel is such good news!

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One of the best books I've ever read!!

One of the best books I've ever read!! I grew up in a Word of Faith church and this helped me a lot with the healing process.

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You have to read this buy 10 more for friends!

This is an incredible book. Thank God I found it and read it! It makes everything so clear now... a terrible deception indeed.

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God, Greed and the (Prosperity) Gospel

Excellent book on a timely topic. It helped provide clarity and healing after losing a loved one who was caught up in this deception.

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This explains why I don’t like church.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Costi Hinn’s story about his experience with the prosperity gospel opened my eyes to what I have felt for many years. I now understand what I thought I believed about the big name televangelists and many local preachers I have encountered during my Christian journey. I’m encouraged to venture back into church but, I am going in with open eyes and an open heart. Thank you Costi. I now think it’s possible for me to enjoy church and the Christian life again.

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Must Read

Brother Hinn glorifies God with his powerful testimony to the grace and mercy of Jesus!

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Prosperity Gospel Insight!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this message because it was so down to earth and I could truly feel his pain when the family didn’t understand. He will continue being a voice for Jesus and I look forward to listening to another book.

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Excellent!!

Great book for those interested in such a topic. Enlightening, wonderful and easy to listen to. Thank you so much!!!

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  • Charlotte Taylor
  • 08-21-19

Truth!

Everything is made clear and it all makes sense. Helped to changed my mentality and opened my eyes. I realise my past mistakes and now have wisdom in which way to go! Strong word, full of Truth which everyone needs to hear. Thank You!

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  • Kazine
  • 07-20-19

A true account of the disease of wealth

A great and insightful book that answered many long term questions! - a MUST read for all believers.

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  • Darnell Smith
  • 02-04-21

Honest appraisal of the prosperity gospel

Great book that combines scripture and behind the scenes experience of the evil prosperity gospel. Benny Hinn is a false prophet and as chrisitans we should be careful what and who we believe.

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  • Becky
  • 06-16-20

Brutally honest!

The book is a well fit for an audible listen. Interestingly, the narrator almost sounds like the author himself. It's a good listen, and flows easily. I completed it in 'one sitting'.

Costi gives detailed accounts of his involvement with his Uncle Benny, describing the major ones that eventually led him to ponder on the lavish lifestyle, the Mumbai Vs UAE and Greece experience

And concludes the last chapters with how he eventually got to know the truth, highlighting personal accounts of the challenges he faced along the way.

It's thought provoking and will drive you to your Bible afterwards.

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  • Sower
  • 08-13-22

Behind the Scenes from Vanity Fair

The author has provided a very brave account in portraying the behind the scenes of his uncle’s ministry. Interwoven are the hurts and doctrines which are open for the reader to interpret and guide to judge.

I don’t believe that this is a good biblical basis for deriving at the authors conclusions and therefore it would have been beneficial to show the Scriptures for justifying the Prosperity Gospel proponents position.

This book reads-out like an open letter to Benny Hinn and probably could have excluded him to focus on biblical truth to counter such teachings.

After listening to this I felt more heartbroken than angry. Not sad for the proponents of Prosperity Gospel but sad for those gullible, blinded Christians who can’t read their Bible within contexts. Their local pastors are contributors to this for not preparing their members to seeking emotionalism.

The author is obliviously hurt and signs of wounds leak through the documentary. A valuable testimony however an incomplete work to the biblical basis for the author’s new found belief so to deter future pilgrims away from Vanity Fair.

Thank you for sharing!
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  • Delectable
  • 02-04-22

A MUST READ!!!

This book is necessary for every Christian and even non Christians perplexed by the mode of practice of Christian by many in Africa and Brazil.

This books left me hungry for more. I need signposts to books that further explore doctrinal errors and practices to help me articulate further these issues on my heart.

Thanks for this Costi. You remind me of Prince Harry and Meghan. You're very brave.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-22

amazing insight into false churches and so helpful

great explanation of why the prosperity gospel is so hurtful.
Costi is raw and honest and always clings onto the true gospel of Jesus.
this book will help any Christian understand the dangers of the prosperity and why it needs to be avoided by everyone.

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  • Cherylyn
  • 06-02-21

A courageous book

I'm encouraged by the courage it would have taken to write this book and really appreciate the honesty displayed by Costi Hinn.

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  • Mr. Scott Murray
  • 01-04-21

Great insight into the prosperity gospel

The combination of the author's personal story plus doctrine is very effective and easy to follow.

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  • Simon
  • 04-29-20

Excellent.

I highly recommend this book. Costi Hinn presents the fallacies of the prosperity gospel well and the reading performance by the author is full of emotion and he reads very clearly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-19

Finally, someone had to speak up

Great book, interesting read and real page turner.
Costi could’ve exposed his uncle years ago when he broke away from the Hinn church but he chose to start life again, relearn theology and become a real pastor before writing about the prosperity gospel, and that’s what makes this book different.

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  • Ryan
  • 10-03-19

A Much Needed Book For The Modern Church

Costi Hinn,
Speaks honestly, openly and frankly about his family healing dynasty and all its short comings and scriptural abuses.

This is a must read book for any Christian in the modern chruch.

If you wish to hear about the inner workings and life style of Benny Hinn’s ministry this book is for you.

Written not to be polemical, but with a pastors heart for the global chruch and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Costi Hinn has done a great service for all Christians by exposing the short comings of the prosperity gospel and exulting the true life giving gospel of Jesus Christ’s one to serve others not to become rich of others.