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  • Celebrities for Jesus

  • How Personas, Platforms, and Profits Are Hurting the Church
  • By: Katelyn Beaty
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

Many Christian leaders use their fame and influence to great effect. Whether that popularity resides at the local church level or represents national or international influence, many leaders have effectively said to their followers, "Follow me as I follow Christ." But fame that is cultivated for its own sake, without attendant spiritual maturity and accountability, has a shadow side that runs counter to the heart of the gospel. Celebrity—defined as social power without proximity—has led to abuses of power, the cultivation of persona, and a fixation on profits.

In light of the fall of famous Christian leaders in recent years, the time has come for the church to reexamine its relationship to celebrity. Award-winning journalist Katelyn Beaty explores the ways fame has reshaped the American church, explains how and why celebrity is woven into the fabric of the evangelical movement, and identifies many ways fame has gone awry in recent years. She shows us how evangelical culture is uniquely attracted to celebrity gurus over and against institutions, and she offers a renewed vision of ordinary faithfulness, helping us all keep fame in its proper place.

©2022 Katelyn Beaty (P)2022 eChristian

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Very very good!

Rather than joining the dull free for all of reformed “the word of God says” online debunking of Christian celebrities and their falls from grace, which are almost as annoying as the the ministries they expose, this is a refreshing and intelligent analysis of the whys and hows of mega churches and their leaders. It doesn’t shy away from saying it as it is either. It’s an easy listen, so much so I listened the whole way through over 4 days. Katelyn restores hope of what a healthy faith community and its leaders can look like. Every contemporary church elder and trustee should read this book and reflect

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  • Heather J Zimmerman
  • 18-09-22

important read/listen

As someone training students for ministry, this is an important read for those with big hearts to influence God. it addresses the dangers of a great reputation of influence for Jesus. I would have liked to hear more of Beaty's thoughts on how the conference/speaking circuit perpetuates this, as well as how on the local church level, we can disciple believers away from creating the demand for celebrities (and even how we view our pastors). still, it's a timely read that will have me processing much personally.

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  • Peter H. Davids
  • 28-08-22

Great warning with wise words

Her ability to appreciate the good in famous people and the danger when it warps into celebrity culture is remarkable and her advice in pointing to solutions is the wisdom of the ages. Well written and well read.

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  • Merideth Hite
  • 21-08-22

Listened to the whole thing in one day!

Such a great look at our world, inspiring a way forward in the Christian world. Thankful for Katelyn’s bravery and insightful mind.