I have been blessed by God with so many things in life that many people take for granted. Good health, thus far, a wife of 21 years, two sensible teenage children who are good kids and not into trouble, good friends, and a comfortable home in a peaceful community in the South and a career doing what I love — being able to be part of a community and touch people’s lives with my writing and photography.
Life’s been good to me so far.
Sure, we all have our troubles, like being splattered with ketchup, or spilling coffee in our laps on the way to work, car problems and the normal challenges of life with work and school. That’s life.
I don’t have a lot of money. My family barely gets by, but I still consider myself blessed.
Some people in our country, though, feel that being blessed by God is having a lot of money, fancy cars, lavish million dollar mansions, vacation homes in paradise and a stock portfolio plump with high dollar investments and blue chip funds.
In fact, there is a large movement gaining popularity in our society that promises people riches tenfold and “blessings” from God if you give to their church or mission. Some of the preachers of these mega-churches on television who preach the “prosperity gospel” are living lavish lifestyles in mansions, driving fancy cars and living under the “favor of God.”
The message of Christ and Christianity is being skewed to sell a God of Karma who will bless you with anything — if you just ask after you give.

In her newest book, “Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? (‘cause I Need More Room For My Plasma TV)” published by Zondervan, Karen Spears Zacharias not only questions, but pokes several holes in the theory that God will provide you with “rich blessings” if you give.
Karen asks what does it really mean to be blessed by God?
Some preachers use the name of God and Jesus Christ to sell the message that if you give or donate your money, then you will be blessed by God and rewarded.
“It’s all in the way you look at things and live your life. Have a positive outlook. You have to ask God for his blessings. He wants to give them to you,” Joel Osteen says.
Karen goes head-on against the message popular mega-church preachers like Osteen and Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn are selling.
Karen’s father was killed in Vietnam when she was a child in the 60s. Her family lived packed like sardines in a single-wide trailer in Georgia. When she was a child, Karen said she thought that only rich people could live in a doublewide. Karen, a successful journalist and author has written other books and has been a huge supporter of veterans and veterans widows and their families for several years. She has been published in many magazines and has been featured on National Public Radio several times.
Through story after story, Karen demonstrates that the “prosperity” gospel has created a whole sector of people and churches that are more focused on money and finances and greed than they are on true Christianity.
“Greed causes people of all ages and all backgrounds to betray their best pals – and, sometimes, to swindle away the Savior himself,” Karen writes.
Personally, I loved this book. I have read it twice already. I have read every book Karen has published, except her first book.
Doublewide is a quick, compelling read and packs a powerful message through real people and the stories of their lives. Karen interviewed people all across the country from missionaries to homeless people and millionaires. She talked with them about two very private subjects – money & God.
In the beginning of the project, Karen, who has written three other books, was going to write a funny book. Shortly after she started writing the book, she was laid off from her job as an editorial writer for the Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, NC. The US economy then began to fall apart. The book then became a serious project.
In Karen’s book you will meet people like The Veteran, The Marine, The Missionary, The Redhead and several others whose stories exemplify what living a life for Christ is – without the financial strings, greed and entitlement attitude. The stories and characters are very heartwarming.
Karen shows how these people live their lives without asking God “Where is my reward?”
“Money is not the problem. We are. We are not satisfied with the 12,000 square-foot home. We have to have two of them. We are so busy wishing for a doublewide that we forget the shelter and security a single-wide provides. We are so concerned about bringing in the biggest haul that we completely miss out on the joy of the abundance God has already given to us,” Karen writes.
“Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide?” is an enlightening book that causes you to think about money and your relationship with God. Also included at the end of the book are several discussion questions relating to each chapter for group book studies or reading groups.
It is a book that will make you think about what is important in life. You will learn that money does not always equal happiness and a good relationship with God. In her book Karen demonstrates that sometimes good people, who live a life for Christ suffer under diseases, poverty and grave circumstances beyond their control.
Since its release earlier this month, Doublewide has received a lot of positive reviews and press and Karen has gotten endorsements from Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack, Jeff Foxworthy, Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump and many others.
You can get an autographed copy by following this link.
To learn more about Karen Spears Zacharias, read her blog and for schedule of appearances during her book tour of the Southeast, visit her Web site here at karenzach.com.

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